With more entertaining and spending time at home, swimming pool projects have been a top priority for many Connecticut and New York property owners. No wonder why a number of pool trends have emerged this 2023. Instead of a week at a luxury resort with a swim-up bar, clients in the Northeast are building this feature into their backyard pools. And rather than a pool pass for the kids, creating dedicated play zones or separate kid play pools in an outdoor living space is an appealing alternative. Not to mention, there are a range of desirable extras our clients are asking for to make their pools the place to be.
Let’s take a look at trending swimming pool trends and spa features for 2023.
Proving that the best things can come in small packages, the cocktail pool tends to be less than 400 square feet, is ideal for compact outdoor living spaces, or can accompany a more recreation-based swimming pool as a place for adults to gather, dip in their toes and—as the name suggests, enjoy a cocktail. Cocktail pools are a pool-spa combo that generally include jets, benches and automation features like LED lighting and heat. What we love about the cocktail pool is how New York and Connecticut homeowners can incorporate water into their outdoor living spaces without consuming a large portion of their properties. And the spa aspect makes it usable during cool evenings.
Following the same concept of a right-sized pool for your Connecticut or New York back yard, the plunge pool is a cousin of the cocktail pool and serves a different purpose. It’s generally deeper and can be used for exercise or simply hopping in to cool off. Depending on the shape and whether features like a sun shelf are built in, a plunge pool can become a lap pool or a lounge zone.
Fire and Water Features
Pool trends with fire and water seems like a perfect match. Features like waterfalls have long been a popular pool extra in Connecticut and New York pool designs. More than ever, property owners are including fire pits and outdoor fireplaces in a poolscape. Interested in a splurge? Luxury pool design pros are showing a fire pit built into inground pools. Of course, the age of those using the pool is a consideration, as is the additional cost of infrastructure. Overall, we find that fire bowls complementing water walls are a way to invite fire and (more) water to your pool area.
We’ve all heard the phrase less is more. And more New York and Connecticut luxury pools embody pool trends with clean lines and infinity edges. Essentially, modern pools that are integrated into a home’s architecture blend seamlessly and serve as a form of art.
Integrating natural stone into a pool design is appealing for New York and Connecticut homeowners that want their pools to blend with the surrounding naturescape. Grottos can support waterfalls or even slides for the kids (and adults!). Custom grottos can be closed or open and offer a cavelike appeal. Grottos can also surround a spa that is integrated into the overall pool design.
A swim-up bar in your Connecticut or New York pool can complement an outdoor kitchen and include customized seating, lighting and natural surfaces. The bar / cooking area can be an enclosed, covered space outfitted with all of the amenities. And just because it’s called a bar doesn’t mean it’s adults only. Kids can swim up for popsicles or pizza, and the feature essentially transforms a backyard pool into the type of experience you’d have on vacation.
Elegant sheets of water that cascade into a pool or spa add ambiance to your New York or Connecticut pool. Rain curtains can be designed as a wide sheet or several streams, and paired with LED color-changing pool lighting. Also, rain curtains can create a smooth transition in pools with integrated hot tubs by spilling from the spa into the swimming area.
If entertaining the younger set is a priority, a pool can incorporate a dedicated, shallow area with seating, fountains, splash features, slide or even a basketball hoop. Pint-sized kids pools that are adjacent offer a safe swimming option.
Salt Water Pools
Salt water pools are one of the pool trends in Connecticut and New York that provides health benefits. Salt water is easier on the skin and eyes, and the water actually feels smoother. Salt water pools include a salt chlorine generator that uses diluted sodium chloride to manufacture chlorine gas at the filter system. So, this reduces maintenance, too.
Inspired? So Are We.
As we move into spring, now is the time to plan your Connecticut or New York pool project. Neave Pools specializes in luxury swimming pools, spas and outdoor living spaces that incorporate the latest technologies, design features and are customized to suit your needs. Let’s talk about what’s on your pool wish list. Give us a call in Hudson Valley at 845-463-0592, Westchester at 914-271-7996, Connecticut at 203-212-4800, New York City at 212-368-9954 and New Jersey at 201-591-4570.