It is not known if Picasso ever worked out any of his artistic angst by digging holes and moving the landscape around in the backyard of his French villa on the Riviera. But the suggestion that art can be part of anyone’s backyard isn’t far-fetched when the subject of swimming pools arises.
Everyone would like a little piece of heaven in their backyard. And with a little creativity, you can attain the dream of your own personal poolside paradise.
Essential to this transformation is the inclusion of an inground pool, the heart and soul of your garden of Eden. A swimming pool is the ultimate backyard amenity—the center of family life, with children spending much of their summers in the water. Many homeowners may envision a pool as a strong aesthetic element, too; the focus of an entire landscape. When pools include water features, unique lighting, specialty materials, and design features, they have a powerful influence on nearby outdoor living spaces. And all of the above are possible with an inground pool.
Typically, gunite—a mixture of cement, sand or crushed slag, and water—is the top-of-the-line choice to provide the interior structure of the inground pool. It is sprayed over contoured and reinforced surfaces as a lightweight concrete, then covered with plaster. Gunite pools offer the most design flexibility because they are custom-built and adapt to any design. However, both fiberglass and vinyl offer less expensive alternatives, with both methods delivering smoother surfaces that are easier to maintain, as well as supplying a number of preset styles and shapes to pick from. Even do-it-yourself inground swimming pool kits are available! Perfect for the handyman homeowner, allowing big savings on installation costs.
But paradise is more than simply a pool. The environment created around the focal area of the pool is what brings life and luster to your personal Shangri-la. In other words, bring on the bells and whistles! Enhancement of your inground pool can come in many forms: consider such quality enrichments as fire features, artificial rocks, waterfalls and water slides, specialty plaster, and space age lighting—any of which can turn an ordinary backyard into a fantasy tropical lagoon.
So many choices, so many paths through Eden’s acreage.
This summer, go inground with your friends at Colley’s Pools & Spas…
Paradise isn’t far from your own backyard!
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