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 and can add value to your home while also providing an outlet for recreation and relaxation to your outdoor living space. Equally important is the aesthetic appeal a pool lends to your outdoor space. You can relax to the sound of gurgling pool deck jets and watch the reflection of nearby plantings in the water.
Enhance your swimming pool area with additional pool features: pool lighting, deck jets, waterfalls, fountains and exotic designs, such as a beach entry, pool grotto or infinity edge. With these swimming pool add-ons, your New York or Connecticut pool can feel like a true escape.
Swimming Pool Additions #1: Specialty Lighting
Illuminate your pool environment with functional, sensational lighting. Perfect 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 optic pool lighting generates a soft, uniform lighting effect and can radiate light up from the bottom of the pool.
- LED lighting can come in a variety of colors allowing for many different styles depending on your mood or the event. They can also be placed below water and are energy-efficient.
- Moonlighting sets the mood and creates an enjoyable ambiance. 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 Additions #2: Pool Deck Jets
Your pool builder can install sensors on pool water jets so they are shut off during high winds, keeping water from splashing onto walkways and decking.
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 Additions #3: Pool Waterfalls
Imagine water tumbling from a rock outcropping, splashing into a pool surrounded by a lush landscape: a quiet place to reflect. Swimming pool 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 Additions #4: Pool Fountains
Fountain bubblers built into a shallow sun ledge of your backyard 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 ranging from floating to spillover are water features certain to delight pool owners and guests.
Swimming Pool Additions #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 pool landscaping 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 exotic 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 pool add-ons that make lounging poolside a vacation without leaving home.
Let’s talk about pool construction and remodel, or design a new, custom 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.
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