You’ve taken the plunge and decided to transform your backyard with a swimming pool. A well-designed pool becomes the centerpiece of your landscape design, providing an outlet for recreation and relaxation. Equally important is the aesthetic appeal a pool lends to your outdoor space. You can relax to the sound of gurgling jets and watch the reflection of nearby plantings in the water.
Enhance the sensory experience your pool provides with additional features: lighting, deck jets, waterfalls, fountains and exotic designs, such as a beach entry, grotto or infinity edge. With these backyard swimming pool add-ons, your New York or Connecticut pool can feel like a true escape.
Swimming Pool Add-On #1: Specialty Lighting
Illuminate your pool environment with functional, sensational lighting. Pool lighting extends the use of the pool space into the late night hours, and highlights the area for a stunning view from indoors. The goal is to create layers of light in the landscape and pool area.
- Fiber optics generate a soft, uniform lighting effect and can radiate light up from the bottom of the pool.
- Moonlighting sets the mood. Light angled down (down-lighting) toward surrounding beds spills out onto the pool deck, lending a natural feel.
- Illuminating walkways and plantings that surround the pool area ensures safety and allows landscape features to pop after-hours.
Swimming Pool Add-On #2: Jet Effects
Deck jets shoot streams of water into the pool, creating a dramatic effect and tranquil splashing sound. Ahhh… Are you at the beach or home? Close your eyes and decide.
Your swimming pool professional can install sensors on deck jets so they are shut off during high winds, keeping water from splashing onto walkways.
Laminar jets produce streams of water that arch over, and into, your pool. The water looks as if it is jumping in.
Meanwhile, resistance jets mimic a current—ideal for swimmers who want to work against the “tide.”
Swimming Pool Add-On #3: Waterfalls
Imagine water tumbling from a rock outcropping, splashing into a pool surrounded by a lush landscape: a quiet place to reflect. Waterfalls create a backyard lagoon feel with a grotto design using natural stone.
You can also create a sleek, modern look with a stream of clear water cascading from a clean edge.
Swimming Pool Add-On #4: Fountains
Fountain bubblers built into a shallow sun ledge of your pool produce a vertical splash of water — fun for kids (and adults), and interesting to watch. Or, opt for a tranquil, gurgling fountain so you can relax to the sound of trickling water.
Fountain designs range from floating to spillover.
Swimming Pool Add-On #5: Exotic Entries & Edges
Rather than traditional steps, a beach entry that gradually slopes toward the water’s edge gives the feel of entering a calm gulf. This is also called a zero-entry pool—you gradually descend into the water. The beach entry blends with the surrounding landscape and provides plenty of shallow space for sunning or splashing around.
An infinity edge, on the other hand, can create an edge that extends into the horizon. Also called a zero edge, this pool design is often found at exotic resorts. But a pool contractor can often renovate your existing pool to include this effect, or work this feature into a new pool design.
Add On A Swimming Pool Professional!
Want to take your pool design from basic to luxury? The pool professionals at Neave Pools will help transform your landscape into a resort with sensory-enhancing backyard swimming pool add-ons that make lounging poolside a vacation without leaving home.
Let’s talk about how to renovate your existing pool, or design a new pool with stunning features.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.
You can also download our FREE Swimming Pool Design Guide to find more inspiration and ideas.