Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Introduction to Swimming Pool Designs

Not too long ago, swimming pools were considered an item of luxury, as pools were both expensive and time consuming to construct and then maintain. But in recent years a few trends emerged to bring the swimming pool well within the reach of many. First, the idea of outdoor living has spread well beyond the warm climates. Second, improvements in construction methods and market competition considerably reduced the costs involved. And third, technological improvements in key system such as cleaning and heating, enhanced the usefulness and took much of the hustle of owning a pool. As a result, the popularity of the backyard pool has skyrocketed, even in areas where warm weather lasts only a few months of they year.

Before their meteoric rise in popularity, backyard swimming pools were nearly always one of two things: either an in-ground rectangle or an above-ground circular tub. But today, swimming pool designs include a myriad of shapes and landscaping options. The shape, size, construction materials of your swimming pool will ultimately depend on it’s intended use, it’s location and the nature of your grounds, the contractor you’ll use, and of course, your budget.

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