Enhancing your outdoor space: The biggest backyard trends for 2017
Is 2017 finally the year you install a pool, or upgrade your existing pool space? If you’re considering either one, your timing is great. Several factors make this an ideal time to invest in the family fun that a pool delivers.
Whether you want to make use of new materials and technologies or incorporate non-water elements into your yard, here’s a quick roundup of some of your options now:
Better energy efficiency: Smaller, more efficient pool pumps can save 30% to 45% on energy costs, and can be automated — along with lights — to turn on and off at optimal times to optimize performance and save money. Adding a solar cover can help regulate water temperature and reduce water evaporation.
Varied materials: White plaster is still the old stand-by, but some homeowners are choosing more interesting finish materials, including glass tiles, pebbles and stones for a more aesthetically pleasing, and unique look.
Going sporty: A shallow-to-deep pool design is no longer mandatory. With a level depth, the kids can play volleyball and basketball, and you’ll be better equipped for lap swimming or other exercises.
Chlorine-free: If you’d like to reduce the amount of chemicals in your pool, consider saltwater chlorination. It requires less maintenance, is easier on the skin, and makes your pool more of a natural environment.
Bring the fire: There’s nothing like a fire to create a focal point and warm up your pool space on chilly evenings. Now there’s a greater range of options than ever: Fireplaces, fire pits and fire bowls come in all shapes and sizes, and can be fueled by wood, natural gas or propane. You can choose a pre-fabricated fire feature, or have one custom-designed to fit your taste.
Outdoor kitchens: Tired of running in and out of the house when you’re entertaining? What if you had a dream kitchen at your disposal, right next to your pool? You can bring as many kitchen elements outside as you want, beginning with a grill and countertop that’s well-integrated into your pool space. Then add a sink, cupboards, stovetop and refrigerator. Your guests will love it as much as you do!
These are just a few ideas for installing your new pool, or renovating your existing space — but your imagination is the limit. If you can dream it, your pool contractor can do it.
And when you have good credit, our financing partner LightStream can help you fund the outdoor project of your dreams, with a low-interest, no-fee loan* that’s refreshingly simple.
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