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How to Customize Your Swimming Pool

When it comes to backyard pools, there are a few fairly standard designs, like the bowl and the rectangle.  Fiberglass shells in particular only come in a limited number of forms.  But if you’re going with a plaster or a tile lining, why should you have to limit yourself to what’s standard?  And even if your swimming pool already exists, there are plenty of changes you can make to liven it up and customize your swimming pool experience.

Pool Shape

When it comes to designing your pool, you should avoid thinking of it as something new intruding on your backyard and instead consider it as if it were an organic extension of your lawn, your gardens, and your back porch.  By planning your pool’s shape with the rest of your backyard in mind, you’ll be able to enhance the overall beauty of your property and thus enjoy your pool even when you aren’t using it.

Pool Depth

When you think of a pool, you probably think that it has to be shallow at one end and deep at the other, but why stick with what’s standard?  You could get a pool that’s the same height at both ends, one that’s safe for young children but still deep enough for swimmers.  You could get one that’s deep at both ends and train like a professional at home.  You might even separate the shallow area in a sort of lagoon set to one side of the rest of the pool.

Lighting

The standard swimming pool lights are enclosed incandescents, but why limit yourself to that when we live in an age of LED and fiber optic lighting?  You can use strings of LEDs or fiber optic lights around the edges or along the bottom of your pool to add an ethereal glow to your pool at night and to create dynamic light shows on demand.  You can also purchase fairly cheap lights that float on the surface and project colorful light displays onto the sides of your pool.

Heating

Depending on where you live, pool heaters can add months to your pool season, and at any time of year they can improve your swimming experience by keeping the water at a comfortable temperature.  Pool heaters vary based on energy source, size, and efficiency, so you should do your research to find out what’s best for your area and price range.  Naturally, it’s best to install one when you install your pool, but it still doesn’t have to be very expensive to add one later.

At the end of the day, all an in-ground swimming pool has to be is a hole full of chlorinated water.  Everything else, including its shape, size, lighting, and temperature, is up to you.

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