Glorious Outdoor Living
Your own personal backyard paradise...you've been thinking about it. A new pool
and spa will be the focal point of your newly created paradise. Sound good? It
feels even better, but where do you start?
When planning for a new pool, there are many considerations. How will it look?
Can we choose any shape or size? How much deck will we want? What is the best
way to clean your pool? What options should we consider? Each consideration is
an exciting step in the creation of your personal paradise. Begin planning by
examining the wants and needs of your family. This initial step will help
determine the type of pool to best fit your family's individual lifestyle.
A pool can be instrumental when it comes to relaxation. If this is your desire,
the options are endless. Many of us associate the serene sounds of moving water
with relaxation. Imagine beautiful rock water features and soothing spillways.
The ultimate in relaxation might be the view of a negative edge pool or the
comforting waters of a heated spa.
Family fun can be had in abundance with options that include slides, water
features and water sports. Want to host the neighborhood basketball playoffs? Or
how about a family-sized volley ball game? The play pool is the perfect size for
sports and games with depths ranging from 3 to 5 feet. Cannonball contest,
anyone? How about a wading pool for the little ones? If you can dream it, your
builder can make it happen.
Exercise and Sports in the Play Pool
When considering the element of exercise, you may want to consider a play pool.
Play pools are generally designed with a depth of 3ft to 5ft to 3ft. This pool
is perfect for water sports such as volleyball, basketball, or even swimming
laps. And after a long day of water basketball and volleyball, relax your tired,
achy muscles in your attached spa. It's the perfect combination for the sports
Shape and Size
These two elements will depend upon your family's lifestyle and the size of your
backyard. Talk to your preferred builder, their design professionals will help
you select the perfect size, shape and location. Choose from the traditional
rectangular or kidney shapes to a custom design created especially for your
backyard. Any design you create can be cleaned with a Paramount In-floor system.
The beauty is in the details when considering options and features. Selecting
the right options will distinguish your pool by creating the perfect ambiance.
Enticing water features, durable interior and exterior surfaces and product
innovations are the final touches to that perfect paradise.
There are several types of filters available. Your design consultant will
introduce you to sand filters, cartridge filters and diatomaceous earth (DE)
filters. The purpose of each is to filter out your waters impurities, keeping it
clean and healthy. Your builder can assist you in determining the right one for
There are many beautiful surfaces available for your pool interior, contact your
pool builder for what's available. Some finishes look like natural stone, while
others can help enhance the natural beauty of water.
When it comes to decking you might want to think big. Poolside pleasure is an
important component in the over all enjoyment of your pool. Think about poolside
seating, lounges and shaded havens. Rolled bond beam, a technique that allows
landscaping to come near the edge of the pool, can provide a nice alternative to
decking when space is limited.
When choosing all the options for your pool, the most important consideration
is, "How will I clean my pool?" There are many cleaners on the market today,
none are more automated and achieve the results of a Paramount In-floor pool
cleaning system. In-floor systems require almost no maintenance and distribute
pool chemicals evenly throughout the pool. Paramount Pool & Spa Systems offer
in-floor cleaning and circulation systems for concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass
pools. With a Paramount In-floor system your pool will clean itself so you don't
. Using the garden hose to maintain your pool's water
level can result in a flooded yard for you and your neighbors! Automatic water
levelers can do it for you automatically, while guarding against everyday water
evaporation. In some regions evaporation isn't a problem. Water levelers in
these regions automatically reduce the amount of water in a pool to prevent an
There are many choices available in maintaining a sanitary water environment.
Your method of choice, from the traditional use of chlorine and other chemicals
to more sophisticated systems, is largely a matter of personal preference and
convenience. Some options are mineral based purification systems, salt-based
chlorine generators, or ozone systems. Your pool builder can help you make the
decision that is right for your pool.
Not only does an elegant water feature bring years of extra enjoyment, but also
it's an investment that adds to the value of your new pool and home. Beautiful
rock waterfalls, therapeutic spas, sparkling fountains, raised spillways, cozy
party coves and more! Exciting water features are the final touches you need to
create that perfect setting.
A diving pool differs from a play pool in regards to depth of the pool; minimum
diving safety requirements must be met. You will want to be sure that your
pool's design meets the safety requirements for diving use. As an alternative to
a diving board you may want to consider a diving rock platform with a secluded
Imagine a swim-up bar complete with stools and a barbecue, or umbrellas
strategically placed around the pool for those desiring a respite from the sun.
A favorite place for parties and family gatherings, your pool can be designed as
an entertainer's paradise.
You can pull out all the stops with stunning custom water features, a Paramount
In-floor cleaning and circulation system or fiber-optic lighted features.
Whether you're planning for a party of two of fifty-two, your pool builder will
guide you in selecting the right size, shape and options to create the perfect
Function Meets Design
Now that you've developed some ideas on how your pool will be used, lets think
of combining these ideas with the available space. Next, let's think about
combining the design with the pool location. Will the pool be used more in the
morning, afternoon or evening? Plan for maximum sun when the pool will be used
the most. Thinking of a family backyard BBQ? Or maybe late night poolside
dining? Planning for these activities means adding a sufficient amount of deck.
Taking some of these things into consideration will help you create a pool
designed to encompass your vision of paradise for years of enjoyment.
Your new pool will become your backyard's focal point. Play areas, gardens and
patios will all tie-in with your pool. You should create your personal paradise
by incorporating your existing or planned porches, patios, landscaping and other
property characteristics. When considering the placement of your pool, don't
forget to consider the view from both inside and outside your home.
Water and children can be a fun, enjoyable and healthy combination as long as a
few simple safety rules are observed. Adult supervision, effective barriers and
knowledge of CPR will help provide a safe and fun atmosphere for you and your
family. Barrier requirements vary from city to city and
design consultant will help you determine the proper barriers according to your
The many functions of landscaping include beauty, privacy, wind protection,
shade, and segregating play and garden areas from poolside. It's important to
consider what plants will be around your pool. Some plants, shrubs, trees and
flowers make better choices than others when your paradise includes a new pool.
Your pool is an investment in relaxation, fun, excitement, entertainment and
more. Not only will it keep your family happy, it will also be paradise for the
next family living in your home should you decide to sell. A pool can increase
your property value and add curb appeal. When considering this investment, think
about investing in long lasting quality. You may want to consider 100% financing
with no down payments, consolidation loans, or second mortgage. Another
consideration may be building the pool at the same time as your home and
including it in your first mortgage. You should ask your pool builder about
their financing options and see what they have to offer. The options are
abundant when it comes to financing your paradise.