There are as many as 10.6 million swimming pools in the United States. Swimming is a favorite recreational pastime, as well as a top stress-reducing activity, and swimming has the potential to burn 650 calories in just one hour. That means your pool is an extremely important part of your home and landscaping. With exciting new trends taking off this year, 2020 is the perfect time to take on new pool projects or swimming pool renovations. Read on for the hottest pool-related landscape designs of 2020.
The most popular swimming pool renovations this year are anything but drab. While you may be familiar with the built-in bar and bar stools from your favorite resort, a growing number of people are adding the luxurious feature onto their homes. You can couple pool bars with in-pool lighting and/or a nearby fire pit for a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Remember: by adding a fire pit, you have a near-guaranteed 78% return on investment (ROI) on your purchase, according to top landscape contractors.
Again, why go to a resort when you can bring the resort home? In addition to built-in ledges, built-in bars, and built-in bar stools, pool owners are also adding a tanning ledge to their concrete pools. Many stores sell chairs specifically designed for lounging in the shallow part of the pool (or the not-so-shallow part of the pool!). These chairs are perfect for your new tanning ledge. They will stay afloat and they won’t become damaged when they get wet. That makes them an important purchase to properly enjoy your new swimming pool renovations.
Mixing up your favorite poolside cocktail and tanning for a few hours on your new tanning ledge may sound like an ideal day, but there are still some maintenance and upkeep concerns to think about. Fortunately, there are modern and trendy ways to approach pool maintenance, too. For example, an automated pool does the work for you, constantly filtering and cleaning so you don’t have to. While this may seem like the perfect addition to your poolside cocktail and tanning day (or days!), it’s actually good for your pool, too. A constantly filtered pool stays clean and well-maintained, preventing the buildup of sediment or debris that may clog drains. It can also prevent cracks and fissures from forming in underground pools. Variable speed pumps are another quick way to address energy efficiency. Pool owners can program variable speed pumps to work faster and slower at different times, and to shut off for a few hours while everyone is asleep.
That certainly seems to be the case! Popularized by cruise ships, resorts, and luxury hotels, saltwater pools are quickly becoming a staple of residential homes, too. Saltwater pools contain lower concentrations of chemicals, making them safer for children and helping reduce red eyes and swimming-related wrinkles in adults, too. Plus, saltwater pools are much less likely to remove vibrant colors from swimsuits over time, unlike their chlorine-rich counterparts.
Saltwater does not need as many chemicals to clean and maintain pH levels. As such, homeowners with saltwater pools can cut down on maintenance and even save money on pool chemicals in the long run.
Many of us do not have the perfectly flat lawns ideal for underground swimming pool installation. With the latest swimming pool installation and swimming pool renovation trends, that does not matter. In fact, it might be a good thing. Contractors can build pools, pool decks, and patios to workaround your current landscaping, and look sharper and more unique for it, too. Realtor.com recommends “pools that serve as retaining walls on sloped lots, or have bars in them, or include a water feature in the middle” to accommodate the space, greenery, and slopes that are already there — not the other way around.
The latest swimming pool renovations and pool makeover trends of 2020 are functional and downright fun. Install a pool bar and a new tanning ledge. Use an automated system and/or a variable speed pump to keep it clean, and consider a pool layout that perfectly fits your existing landscape.