Summer is finally at our doorstep: it’s time to get back in the swim! There’s no better way to beat the St. Louis heat than by taking a dip in your own backyard. If you already have a swimming pool or are thinking of building one, enjoy these latest trends and accessories.
[the perfect float]
Relax in style and ultimate pool comfort with the Supersoft Adjustable Recliner from TRC Recreation. The double-thick, vinylcoated foam recliner has a built-in head cushion and adjusts positions to become a chair, lounge or flat float. It also has built-in drink/accessory holders and comes in a variety of colors.
Photo: TRC Recreation
More homeowners are opting for pools with connected or overflowing spas instead of separate units, for a more cohesive look and better use of space.
Photo: Blue Haven Pools
With an increased focus on health and fitness, lap pools with resistance jets are becoming popular. The Fastlane jet from Endlesspools offers a workout with its smooth, quiet and powerful current. It’s fully adjustable for swimmers of all ages and abilities and is perfect for water aerobics, aqua therapy and water jogging.
Salt chlorination systems are replacing traditional chlorine filters in many pools. They are more environment-friendly and create soft, odorless water that is not damaging to the skin, hair and eyes. They’re also more cost-effective and easier to maintain. Hayward’s AquaRite Salt Chlorinator is one of the top systems available and comes in three sizes for the most efficient chlorination.
Photo: Hayward Pool Products
In recent years, free-form pools have been more common, but geometric shapes are coming back. “Geometric pools conform to the trends of modern architecture,” says Ray Holt, president of Baker Pool Construction. “Designers have been pushing the envelope in more modern settings with a good blend of the latest finishes.”
Photo: Baker Pool Construction
Opt for stylish and comfortable upholstered pool deck furnishings for a more finished look. “This over-scaled crescent sectional from Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home is roomy and inviting. The colorful textures and bold-print scatter pillows perfectly finish any outdoor oasis,” says Peggy Pond, Outdoor furniture manager for Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room.
Photo: Amini’s Home, Rugs, GameRoom and Lighting and Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home
A flat, raised ‘tan shelf’ is a popular addition to new pools. “They are a great spot for young children or even for adults who don’t want to get entirely in the water,” says John Jacobsen, president of Liquid Assets Pools. “The tan shelf in this pool complements the natural surroundings with Missouri-indigenous fieldstone boulders.”
Photo: Liquid Assets Pools
Glass tile in pools is growing in popularity over traditional ceramic. It’s harder to crack and available in a full range of luxurious colors and finishes. According to designer Amy Denny of Alpentile, “The human eye is captivated by the reflective qualities of iridescent mosaics in water. Clients love the calming effect it has.”
Photo: Amy Denny; Tile Installation: Luke Denny, alpentile.com
By Amy Burger