Summer 2015 Pool Trends and Pool Design Ideas

If you�ve ever gone through the process of designing and building a swimming pool, you have likely noticed that the entire process is an art form. From the moment you contact a swimming pool builder and start working on a design up until the moment the pool is filled with water and swim-ready, you�re thinking about the look of the entire pool, the backyard, and how it will coordinate with your unique style.

If you�re the kind of person who likes to stay on top of trends, keep reading! This post will dive into what we are noticing as Summer 2015�s Biggest Pool Design Trends.

PebbleTec� Plaster

The vast majority of our pools are finished with a pebble plaster. These finishes are created with pebbles found around the world and specifically selected to blend with your backyard�s natural landscaping and features.
natural landscaping and features
There are 4 different PebbleTec� textures:
natural landscaping and features
PebbleTec� – �PebbleTec� brand pool finish is the original pebble pool finish and still delivers the enduring natural elegance and durability that combines beauty with exceptional value.� �PebbleTec.com. The original PebbleTec is available in 18 different colors.

PebbleSheen� – �Pebble Sheen� brand pool finish provides the natural beauty and durability of the original Pebble Tec� pool finish, along with a sophisticated refined elegance� Pebble Sheen pool interiors offer a more finely textured feel and have the look of rich granite.� �PebbleTec.com. Pebble Sheen is available in 16 different colors.
16 different colors
PebbleFina� – �Pebble Fina pool finish incorporates the ancient Greek and Roman use of pozzolans into the cement mixture� Most colors contain small seashell pieces to further enhance the beauty of the pool interior while adding brilliant sparkle to the water.� �PebbleTec.com. Pebble Fina is available in 14 different colors.
14 different colors
BeadCrete� – �Beadcrete� is the latest development in concrete pool finishes. [It] contains solid, inert, glass spheres that are locked into carefully graded aggregate matrix by polymer-modified cements. This creates a tryly unique 3-dimensional effect.� �PebbleTec.com. Beadcrete is available in 12 different colors.

Glass Tile

Many people have started to use glass tile above the plaster at the pool�s waterline because it beautifully reflects the sunlight and gives the pool a more elegant touch. Others splurge on an all glass tile pool in order to get a unique, resort-style radiance they can get only from a pool with a glass bottom.

Natural Look

Especially in the Texas Hill Country, where Keith Zars Pools builds many pools, people are looking for a swimming pool that blends in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. These pools are free-form, �lagoon� style pools that look more like a natural body of water than a swimming pool. Many of these pools include natural stone decking, boulder waterfalls, and other stone water features.

Sun Shelf

A sun shelf is similar to a beach entry or zero entry. It�s literally a shelf at the entry of the pool, 6 inches below the coping. There are many practical uses for a sun shelf, also known as a baja step. Many people like to add them to their pool if they have young children (or grandchildren) who are not strong swimmers yet. The sunshelf provides a safer place for them to splash around and play. It�s also great for adults! A larger sunshelf will allow room for a lounger or two and gives a great place to cool off in the water without getting fully emerged in the pool.
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  • Coping/Decking: 
    • Keith Zars Pools delivers a wide range of coping and decking edges and finishes, and our stone masons will construct your coping and decking to flawlessly fit your pool. 
    • For a more contemporary look, consider clean, square-cut edges paired with a stunning array of elegant cut stone, travertine and porcelain finishes. 
    • For a more traditional look, consider bullnose-edge coping and freeform deck shapes coupled with the soothing textures and colors of flagstone, salt and cool coat finishes.

Water & Fire Feature Additions

The addition of water and fire features can enhance your entire outdoor experience in a variety of ways. The soothing sights and sounds of a new waterfall or water feature, or the warmth and light created by a fire bowl or fire pit, can create striking visuals, new focal points, and add a heightened level of symmetry, originality, functionality and luxury to your overall pool design.

  • Water Features: 
    • Adding water features, such as delightful bubblers on an existing sun shelf, lively deck jets around your pool’s coping, and stunning sheer descents or scuppers that allow water to gently cascade down a raised pool wall, provides gorgeous highlights and accents to your pool that you can marvel at.  
    • Waterfalls create a cozy, perennial and soothing look and feel to any pool. The beautifully colored stones and gently flowing water can bring balance and harmony to your outdoor space and transform your entire outdoor experience.
  • Fire Features: 
    • Fire bowls, fire pits and custom fire accent features give way to a spectacular display of color, vibrancy and light that allow you and your family to enjoy your pool day and night. Discover how the elements of water and fire combined create a magnetic and harmonious balance and produce a gorgeous chemistry that’s both subtle and bold.

Decking & Spa Additions

  • Added Deck Space
    • Expanding the amount of decking in your back yard can allow for more space to entertain and relax poolside. Imagine a new patio addition around your pool to place a set of comfortable lounging chairs, a stylish outdoor dining spot, a stunning outdoor kitchen area or a striking fire pit and seating area. 
  • Add a Spa
    • Adding a spa to your existing pool is a great way to bring a new level of functionality and enjoyment to your personal outdoor retreat. Spas offer a therapeutic experience and, with vast array of styles and custom features from which to choose, your new spa will not only relax and invigorate you, it can become the focal point of your pool and serve as an energetic and complementary addition to its entire design. 

New Pool Amenities

  • Are you looking to find new ways to spend time in your pool? Adding a swim-up bar, a sun shelf, and umbrella anchors can boost your experience and bring a new level of luxury to your outdoor space. 
  • For added recreational fun, consider incorporating a water slide, a diving board, a basketball goal or a volleyball anchor. 
  • You can even add or relocate steps and seat benches in your pool, or have new LED lights installed to broaden your pools functionality and visual appeal.

Alone you can dream of your ultimate backyard sanctuary. Together we can achieve it. Contact Keith Zars Pools today to schedule an appointment with one of our renovations experts and begin your pool remodeling project.

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