Water features continue to be one of the most popular design trends for swimming pools. Whether you are looking to add a dramatic centerpiece, architectural accents or the excitement of moving water, the right water feature will influence the ambiance of your entire backyard. For many, including a water feature can be the final piece to the puzzle in designing the ultimate backyard paradise.
Your choices are only limited by your imagination and personal tastes, so research what’s available, find inspiration by looking at online photo galleries and speak with local pool and landscape design professionals.
Popular Water Features Include:
- Waterfalls – Falling water adds beauty and tranquility to any poolscape. Waterfall designs are nearly unlimited. A water feature like the Pentair MagicFalls® can produce waterfalls right from your pool walls with rain, sheet or curtain effects. Waterfalls can also be produced by having a multi-level pool or they can be built right into the landscape and include additional components like rocks to perfectly match your poolscape design.
- Fountains – No longer just for large luxurious pools, fountains can be a beautiful backdrop for your poolscape or a fun feature to splash and play in.
- Laminars – These graceful arcs of water are so smooth, they look glass-like. The water enters the pool with a gentle splash. A light source can be added to create a breathtaking evening light show.
- Deck Jets – These elegant streams of arching water can transform any pool into a soothing fountain. Deck jets work well in combinations to create unique designs of arching water and are usually fully adjustable.
- Cascades – A gentle wall of water splashes into your pool for a soothing effect that also adds class and style. Cascades are available in a number of sizes and can be used side-by-side to cover longer distances.
- Scuppers and Wall Accents – Usually appearing in surrounding walls, scuppers are another feature that provides a splash of water into your pool. Available in nearly any shape…including shells, lion heads, rosettes, sconces and fleur-de-lis, they can be used to compliment other water features or stand alone.
- Water Bowls – Available in many sizes, water bowls can accentuate your landscape and pool with a soothing water spillway.
- Vanishing Edges – A visual effect of water extending off into the distance is a truly luxurious feature. Your pool edge will appear to simply vanish against the horizon.
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Frequently it is a “mad dash to the finish” to complete construction and have a pool and landscape project completed for summer. The process can be difficult and stressful especially with the heat of summer lingering. So now more than ever is time to get started!
With the cold of winter still in the air but whispers of spring in the weather forecasts let this month’s featured pool bring you back to the fond memories of summer 2011.
Peaceful and elegant the use of glass mosaic tiles and stone veneering make it a unique and impressive design. With full Pentair automation, fiber optic lighting, and sheer decent water features this truly is a pool to be remembered!
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Design Tip # 3 Determine Your Space
Another important consideration when designing a pool is the space available for construction because the design’s dimensions must fit within those constraints. Some pool shapes may not fit in your backyard, so they may need to be adjusted accordingly. If you plan to add a deck, patio or hot tub to the pool, make sure to designate room for that on your design as well.
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Titled Effects of Swimming Training on Blood Pressure and Vascular Function in Adults over 50 Years of Age, the study concluded that swimming exercise lowered blood pressure and improved vascular function in a sample of previously sedentary older adults.
An abstract from the study stated that, “Swimming is ideal for older adults because it includes minimum weight-bearing stress and decreased heat load. However, there is very little information available concerning the effects of regular swimming exercise on vascular risks . . .”
To address this lack of specific empirical evidence, the study measured the exam results of a group of older adults on a 12-week regimen of regular swimming exercise against a control group, and found that, among the swimmers, “Casual systolic BP decreased significantly from 131 ± 3 to 122 ± 4 mm Hg in the swimming training group. Significant decreases in systolic BP were also observed in ambulatory (daytime) and central (carotid) BP measurements.”
It is hoped by many in the pool industry that continued research will lay the scientific foundation for a solid link between swimming and good health, which could establish the swimming pool in consumers’ minds as a health and wellness product, as well as a recreation and entertainment product.
by Scott Webb
Aqua Magazine.com: Swimming Shown to Lower Blood Pressure.
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