Planning an outdoor swimming pool Service News
The desire for a spa haven with a pool in your garden re-emerges with the rising temperatures. Enjoying the refreshing water in late spring, on hot summer days and into autumn and recharging your batteries at the Mediterranean swimming pool - this can become a reality with thoughtful planning.
Don't worry, we won't bombard you with all the technical basics for pool construction now, but help you with useful tips for realizing your pool dream.
No dream is too big and no pool too small
There is room for a pool in almost every garden, even if it is only a small whirlpool. Any pool size and type contributes to an increase in the quality of life. Imagine a narrow garden of a terraced house, in the back corner the hot tub is enthroned surrounded by grass, and the pergola provides pleasant shade. Or the far-reaching terrain on the edge of the vineyard with an embedded swimming pool, with direct access from the wooden terrace. Havens of well-being can be created anywhere - just trust yourself.
Planning and advice - The key to the pool
First of all, get a rough overview of what would be possible in your garden and simply sketch out various ideas on paper. Add a checklist with your wishes and requirements. Do you want a fun pool for your children or a relaxing pool for you and your better half - or both?
And then, there are of course the most diverse types of pools: Concrete, polystyrene, steel wall, stainless steel, glass-fibre reinforced plastic, and even more. If you do not have a clear preference here, the swimming pool expert in your area will advise you on the right choice of pool. There you are also in the best hands when it comes to the complete technology - pumps, water quality, overflow channels, skimmers and so on.
In any case, technology should not stand in the way of your wishes and dreams. To the greatest possible extent, everything is feasible. For example, the complete technology could be made accessible underground or the pool cover can serve as a terrace at the same time. The complete technology can be adapted to the artistic planning and your needs.
The way to your pool planning contact
On the website of the Bundesverband Schwimmbad und Wellness [Swimming Pool and Wellness Association], BSW for short, you can easily find a pool expert in your vicinity. Look out for the "PoolPlus" seal - here you get a performance promise that offers the customer transparency, quality and safety.
Attractions - not just swimming but also enjoying
At this point, the planning is relatively far advanced. The position is defined, the pool type and technique selected and your visual ideas are planned. Therefore, we can now focus on the pleasant things of (pool) life. For instance, these would include the massage jets, to really knead the back muscles, and the counter-current system to advance sports even in small pools, or a splashing neck wave, to mention just a few attractions.
After all, this brings us to the actual attraction of every pool, which at first glance seems unimpressive inconspicuous: The underwater light. Less relevant during the day, but as soon as the evening hours arrive, the pool lights are the attraction par excellence and the most important design element of your entire haven of well-being. Shortly after sunset, your after-work jump into the refreshing water with its ocean blue shine. The kids still splash around for a few minutes in the water with its glistening colours, while you are enjoying your red wine in the evening in front of the effectively illuminated pool. What dreamlike ideas, which would not be possible with a dark pool. Apart from this, a dark pool is a considerable safety risk - as an important aspect, underwater lighting also serves to ensure the safety of humans and animals.
Pool lighting is the most important design element of your entire wellness oasis
Must-haves for the dream pool
Yes, there are things that simply contribute to relaxation at the pool. For instance, no pool should be without a sunshade; a large parasol or an elegant sun awning should be included in the planning from the very beginning enabling you enjoying hot summer days in a relaxed way. To make the swimming season last even longer, a pool heater is an absolute must-have. Whether solar or heat pump, with a few degrees warmer water you can start earlier and finish later.
Plan for sufficient and comfortable resting areas: Loungers with a soft mattress or an outdoor bed will put your mind and body at rest and round off your post-bath relaxation.
The same applies to the lighting outside the pool. Provide the terrace and the vegetation in the garden some light to set evening accents and create a pleasant overall picture. For example, with small spotlights around the pool, spotlights under the trees, and a few lanterns on the terrace. This is the only way to fully enjoy your haven.
Short and concise
- Start your planning at an early stage and let your imagination and dreams run free.
- Get professional advice on pool construction and pool technology.
- Include the under-water and outdoors lighting design in your planning right from the start.
- Treat your body to a couple of water attractions.
- Create associated trappings in which you feel completely at ease.
- Author: Benjamin Pfendt, Head of Marketing WIBRE
- Pictures: Tom Philippi, Stuttgart