Pool Design Ideas: 4 Approaches to Consider for Your DFW Home
Swimming in cool water is one way to combat the effects of the blistering North Texas heat while enjoying the outdoors. When it comes to pool design ideas, here are four things you might want to consider for your DFW home.
Many Dallas-Fort Worth locals retreat to swimming pools in the spring and summer months to escape the blistering Texas heat. In the height of summer, where temperatures easily exceed 100 degrees for days at a time, swimming in cool water is one way to combat the effects of hot weather while still enjoying the outdoors. When it comes to pool design ideas, here are four things you might want to consider for your DFW home.
1. Pool Shape
Swimming pool shapes are typically divided into two main categories: geometric and freeform. Geometric shapes such as rectangles and squares even those with rounded perimeters typically provide a more formal feel and tend to complement those who enjoy classic and traditional styles of décor or architecture. Geometric shapes with very sharp, squared-off edges provide a clean, modern look. Freeform, on the other hand, represents an earthier feel by almost mimicking a lake or lagoon. Depending on the accents used in the decking, gunite color, and tile, freeform pools can closely resemble natural bodies of water. Often kidney-shaped and accentuated with rocks and natural stone, freeform pools complement rustic, Western-style, and contemporary homes alike.
2. Steps, Ladders, and Other Types of Pool Entry
When considering pool design ideas, you might want to look beyond the traditional steps and deep-end ladders used to enter a pool. Area companies offer alternatives to the classic pool entry, each with unique advantages. Premier Pools and Spas (a company with a nationwide presence, including offices in DFW) provides unique pool entry options such as a Baja shelf: an oversize step large enough to accommodate lounge chairs or those wishing to lie in just a few inches of water. Another option is a beach entry, which slowly graduates deeper into the water.
3. Water Features
Water features, such as fountains and waterfalls, add to the style and ambiance of a pool. Beyond the visual tranquility of flowing water, this type of feature is also adds a pleasing aural ambiance.
4. Outdoor Living Options
In addition to the pool itself and its immediate surroundings, some locals choose to add other outdoor options, such as covered patios and pergolas for shade and outdoor kitchens for grilling. Based in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, Southernwind Pools, Inc. provides a number of custom outdoor living options to accompany pools and spas, including outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, covered decking, and decorative columns.
Whether you’re looking to install a brand-new pool in your backyard or rejuvenate an old swimming pool already on your property, you can find many resources for inspiration on pool design ideas. You can purchase home and garden magazines from your local hardware store to help narrow down what styles and features you like most. Consider browsing online for pictures. Check out pool company website portfolios, too; there are many pool construction companies throughout the DFW area. Ask your real estate agent or a friend for recommendations.
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