The start of 2020 has been turbulent to say the least and we are all adjusting to a new ‘normal’ with many of us working from home and trying to be more creative with our leisure time. If you are fortunate enough to own a swimming pool you will, most likely, be using it more frequently as you spend more time at home. Because you will be using your pool a lot more this year (and thankfully there is some sunshine for outdoor pool owners), this could be a good time to start thinking about any swimming pool refurbishments you might want to make when life becomes freer. If you are going the refurbishment or enhancement route, you could treat yourself to something ‘of the moment?’ Here are just a few options.
As one of the leading pool design and construction companies in the UK, one of the most frequent questions we are asked is “what is the cost of a luxury pool?” If ever there was a “how long is a piece of string question” this is it! It is an understandable query, because we are all used to getting instant quotes before deciding who to buy from, but in the case of a luxury swimming pool it requires in-depth discussion on requirements and expert input before a price can be given. Do be wary of ballpark figures!
Today we look at where to locate the ‘beating heart’ of the swimming pool – the plantroom which stores all the equipment that controls the pool's operation and ensures it performs efficiently around the clock. Making sure you understand its function and spend time considering its location, size, access and other features is time well spent. In this blog, we look at the most important considerations for the plantroom when planning a new pool.
When making any purchasing decision these days, we’re truly spoilt by the wealth of online resources we can use to check up on a brand or supplier’s credentials. From TripAdvisor to Facebook, there are dozens of platforms consumers can peruse that contain verified customer feedback and can give consumers a good idea regarding the culture and the reputation of the brand in question.
When choosing the design for a new pool, potential owners are often unaware of the variety of options available. A swimming pool needn't be a simple white square, it can be built to exact specifications – and can incorporate a wide array of features. In this post, we take a look at the brilliant additions and design features that pool owners and hotels are choosing.
Increasing numbers of pool owners are choosing to refurbish their pools, particularly in London. When a pool gets older and past its best, it might be time to update it both aesthetically and technically. Innovative plans that might have been too ambitious ten years ago are now achievable, thanks to superior technology and materials.
Decades ago, opportunities to make a swimming pool really stand out were limited to small cosmetic changes or additions. Nowadays, pool owners have an enormous array of options that were previously the realms of fantasy. Modern pools offer the chance to incorporate some seriously cool technology and make your pool a work-of-art as well as a fantastic addition to any property. Today, we're talking about innovations that joosh up your pool!
Conventional pool water treatment relies heavily on disinfectants and chemicals - like chlorine, ozone, and UVC irradiation to combat the growth of bacteria in the water system. These have long been considered vital in preventing the transmission of disease and ensuring clean water and air in indoor pools—but they can also be expensive and their use can be time-consuming.
In times gone by, a swimming pool came in a standard shape, in a small number of styles. Advances in pool building design and technology mean that potential owners now have a wealth of choice available. Which pool you choose will depend on several factors including cost, available space, location, local building regulations and design preferences. In this post, we take a look at some of the pools you can choose from, including moving floor pools and waterfall marvels.
One of the undisputed highlights of any summer vacation is the luxury swimming pools that greet us in the hotels, villas and resorts we call our temporary homes. But when is a pool more than just a pool? The idyllic pools scattered across the globe are what Instagram was made for and are designed to offer something unique and unforgettable for patrons.
If you are planning to adorn the walls of your swimming pool hall with a talking-point piece of artwork, you won’t have to stretch to a £70m David Hockney pool painting! Instead, you can choose a stunning bespoke installation inspired by expressionists such as Wassily Kandinksy, Alexander Calder and Joan Miró for a drop in the ocean compared to a Hockney.
There are many reasons why you might want to remodel your current swimming pool. Perhaps you have moved into a property with a pool that is not suitable for your needs. Maybe your old pool is taking up too much garden space and downsizing is the answer. Although it might seem like a daunting job, with the right expertise and thorough planning, remodelling the pool can be achieved without major disruption.
A swimming pool is the ultimate status symbol, adding both value and allure to your property. However, building a pool can be a significant undertaking. This means there are key questions to ask yourself before you break ground and begin construction.
Installing a pool on your property means you can enjoy a swim whenever you like, entertain guests on special occasions or just have a peaceful place to relax. However, it's also an impressive status symbol.
We've written several times about the benefits of moving floors for your pool. Instead of permanently sacrificing space to a new pool, space is made far more versatile. A moving floor will blend so well that you won't even be able to tell that the pool is there. However, it's important to stress that this innovative and effective technology isn't limited to the inside of your home – a moving floor can also be installed on an outdoor pool.
Many people aspire to have their own swimming pool. There are a variety of different pool types that potential owners can choose from, depending on their property and circumstances. Pools can be built to almost any shape or size, indoors or outdoors, in the basement or on the roof! Although a private pool is a desirable status symbol, it also offers a dizzying array of benefits. In this post, we take a look at the advantages of having your own swimming pool.
Stainless steel is a widely popular choice in interior design. Such is its versatility and elegance, steel can be used for everything from kitchen fittings to decorative themes. It is also useful for garden structures like marquees, trellises, sheds and even treehouses.
Valentine's Day can be a tricky celebration to navigate, depending on how long a couple have been together. Inspiration is tough to come by. The traditional gifts of flowers and chocolates and fancy dinners don't always feel like natural ways of displaying your affection. Pool owners have the perfect solution ready and available. This Valentine's Day, take advantage of a natural aphrodisiac and treat your partner to an evening by the pool.
It can be a challenge to keep your outdoor pool heated, and extend the swimming season as long as possible. Most indoor pool owners prefer to keep their pool heated all year round. In either case, the temperature requirements of your pool bear closer inspection. Your pool water should be between 25oC (78 Fahrenheit) and around 28oC, depending on personal preference and who is using the pool. For example, older people and children will probably need a temperature at the warmer end of the spectrum.
The key to being a satisfied pool owner is making the most of your pool. This can mean different things to different people. For some, it's being able to swim each day and keep fit. For others, it's about inviting friends and family over to use it at every opportunity. Depending on your usage, there a few ways you can enhance your pool experience. Investing in a counter current unit like the HydroStar is one of them.
During the construction of your pool, discuss your underwater lighting options with your pool designer. The variety of choice on the market means there’s an option to suit every taste and every budget. Your pool designer will know which lights are best, depending on the type of pool and the desired ambience.
Choosing to install a swimming pool on your property is a big decision. It allows you and your family to take a swim whenever you want, in the privacy of your own home. The only problem left is figuring out where to fit the pool on your property.
As Homify says, “A natural extension to an indoor living space, home swimming pools can be tailored to contemporary tastes or even to traditional design aesthetics.” The best way to ensure you create a pool that reflects your tastes, complements your property and is perfect for your needs, is to work with a talented and experienced pool designer. To help you achieve the results you want, take a look at our five tips for working with a professional pool designer.
A couple of years ago, we had a look at accessories and enhancements you can add to your pool area to bring it to life. Now that you’ve had a chance to enjoy your luxurious pool, we’re going to take a look at how you can transform it further - with a few stylish accessories and a light makeover. These ideas are particularly good for socialising, ensuring that you and your guests can linger by the pool all day and evening if you wish!
For healthy swimming, it’s vital that the pool water is always clean and properly filtered, this will not only prevent any potential waterborne diseases taking hold, it will ensure that the volume and the cost of chemical treatments for your pool are well managed. There are different types of filters from which to choose and we look at three – two long-standing options and one relatively recent development; all achieve a high level of water purity.
We have come to expect wellness facilities in luxury hotels and private leisure centres to pamper ourselves when on holiday, or while away on a business trip. The desire for such facilities has also become popular with homeowners, with people installing one or more wellness facilities to create their own haven. This includes dry saunas, steam rooms and ice baths, often alongside a luxury pool. As well providing the perfect way to relax or revitalise, these facilities add a touch of glamour to the home. Here we take a look at how saunas, steam rooms and ice baths can improve your health and well-being.
An in-depth feature on effective climate control of indoor pool halls by our key supplier and market leader, Heatstar: With advances in technology, pool ventilation is now just one part of the environmental control required for today’s indoor swimming pools. The key elements in pool environmental control include ventilation, air quality, dehumidification, air heating and pool water heating.
Metal pool finishes are all the rage. In the past, we’ve looked at stainless steel finishes as an attractive finish option that takes less time to install than using conventional pool building materials and require minimal maintenance. What about metalwork in general, though? How does metal – both in and out of the water – interact with the swimming pool environment?
From stainless steel to ceramic tiles, there are a wide range of pool finishes available on the market which can be used on their own, or in combinations, to meet any and all requirements.
Having underwater windows of acrylic-like plexiglas in swimming pools has become something of a trend in recent years. In the past, it was seen as something of a luxury, as swimming pools with underwater windows could only be found in the most exclusive of locations.
Whether it’s an outdoor or indoor pool, if you’re facing size restrictions, it can be difficult (but not impossible) to use your pool for a rigorous workout. “Swimming is awesome cardio, completely no-impact on your joints, and a calorie-torching total-body workout,” argues Amy Roberts of Women’s Health. In that way, swimming is fantastic exercise for people of all ages. Ten lengths in an Olympic-sized pool can really make you feel the burn, but ten lengths in a considerably smaller home pool? You might not feel the benefits as much. Thankfully, there’s a solution that allows you to get the same fitness benefits as a lengthy swim in a larger pool would give you, in a smaller luxury home pool.
There are lots of ways to enter a pool. One popular school of thought holds that the only 'proper’ way to enter a pool is to jump in. While that's certainly one of the most fun ways of doing it, pool accessibility is actually very important - and getting it right can be a challenge.
Owning your own pool can give you the ultimate solution for home leisure. It gives you unlimited access to one of the most sought after luxuries in the world.
Choosing the right pool finish is one of the most exciting elements of choosing your pool – you get to think beyond functionality and focus on the stunning effects you can achieve. As we’ve discussed in our previous blog post, there are a lot of things you need to consider before selecting a pool finish - such as how the finish affects the space, light, and colour of the pool room, or how it must be maintained regularly to protect it from exposure to the pool environment.
Indoor pools offer a luxurious leisure experience all year round. That’s why many homeowners choose to construct an indoor pool hall: a versatile, custom-designed part of the home permanently dedicated to relaxation and wellness.
Every pool needs a finish. A finish is what gives your pool its appearance and own unique character. While the finish of your pool is influenced by the nature of the pool’s construction, pool owners have a lot of choice and variety when it comes to crafting a special ambiance and feel for their pools.
The Classic range of modular stainless steel pools from renowned stainless steel pool manufacturer, Berndorf Bäderbau, enables more families to have their own luxury swimming pool. The range is very keenly priced and offers clients the opportunity to have a luxury pool installed in less time than it would take to build using conventional pool construction methods.
The lifestyle benefits of a private swimming pool are well-known – exercise and relaxation in the privacy of your own home, peace and solitude when you want it, be that at the crack of dawn to get your day started with a zing, or to unwind after work. And when you are in a more playful mood, the pool can be used for pool games and parties. It’s also a fantastic backdrop for a sophisticated soirée.
Efficient heating is vital to ensure that the swimming pool functions properly. The temperature of your pool can affect its performance in a range of ways, including its hygiene, water clarity and bathing comfort. In turn, pool heating can impact everything from the equipment bought to how often servicing is required.
Often a private pool installation is part of a major refurbishment project which involves the time and expertise of a number of professionals including architects, interior designers, a pool design and build team and, if it’s an outdoor pool, a landscape gardener. Clear and specific communication with these experts is essential to ensure they understand your vision and the pool meets your aspirations.
I’m fortunate, since my last post, my commute has shrunk from an hour train or cycle ride each way, to a three minute walk. The move has coincided with the enrolment season and I'm now attending Guildford College once a week for the sequel of the AutoCAD course I studied last year.
Installing a luxury pool is one of the biggest and most exciting investments you will make in your home – choosing the right pool needs careful thinking and planning to ensure it meets all your needs and you are delighted with the end result. From selecting the pool shell to finding industry accredited pool designers, many factors must be given adequate consideration before any building work starts.
Having a swimming pool built in your home involves lots of choices. For starters you have to decide where the pool will be installed – outside or indoors? How big will it be? What style and finishes will go with your current property and decor? And once it’s built, who will carry out the servicing?
Dating back to ancient times, humans have used the healing powers of water to treat physical problems and emotional distress - this practice is known as hydrotherapy. It is said that Roman Emperor Augustus was cured from a range of afflictions after his physician instructed him to take cold baths on a regular basis. There are recordings of both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks utilising the healing powers of water too.
Operating as we do in the luxury swimming pool market, we like to keep in tune with trends in the luxury sector. In this blog we take a look at the fascinating super luxury lifestyles enjoyed by London’s wealthiest.
There are many factors to take into consideration when designing an outdoor pool. What material should be used for the construction? How will the paving and finish complement the landscape? Will the pool be used primarily for swimming, or also for social events? Regardless of your stylistic preference, completing the construction is only the first step to creating a welcoming luxury pool. In this blog we cover a variety of accessories that will enhance the ambience of your pool area.
Luxury pool buyers have sophisticated and often adventurous tastes, usually accompanied by a strong vision for how their pool should look. New technologies such as moving floors, high quality finishes and breathtakingly beautiful water features make it possible to turn their vision into reality. High-end swimming pools can be minimalist or ooze extravagance.
From a ski chalet in Aspen to a luxury residence in central London, people are choosing moving floor swimming pools as an alternative to traditional luxury pools because they can have a pool without losing precious space. Today a pool doesn’t have to take permanent residency in a room or garden – a simple push of a button on the pool’s control panel and a moving floor glides effortlessly from the base of the pool and locks firmly when it reaches floor level, restoring the room or garden to its pre-pool state. So, if you’re asking yourself if you have space for a pool, a moving floor pool could be just what you need.
The choice between an indoor and an outdoor pool largely depends on how you wish to use your pool. A luxury pool will enhance both the interior or exterior of a home, creating a stunning feature that will be admired by everyone. Whether it’s located indoor, outdoor or even on a rooftop, a skillfully designed pool that is in harmony with the architecture of your home and uses the latest technology to make it super efficient will also add value to your property. The key consideration in deciding where to locate your pool is how frequently you want to get into the pool, be that for a quick dip, serious laps, water aerobics or to play pool games such as water polo.
Some of the earliest indicators that the weather is changing are seeing the Cherry Blossom blooming, we gain an hour of sunlight, the air is filled with the smell of ‘extra-virgin’ grass cuttings from the first mow, and the warmth of the sun starts to increase, just enough to choose the sunny side of the road where we walk. After, what can feel like an eternity of darkness, we welcome back the glory of spring with open arms, like a lifelong friend returning from adventures further afield.
When is a private swimming pool not a hugely luxurious indulgence? When it’s probably the most energy efficient pool of its kind in the UK, that’s when. It would be easy to blind you with architectural science and run through a complicated list of technical specifications, detailing servo-controlled valves and oversized plate exchangers, but the details of the pool design and construction which will leap out to most people are how much (which is to say how little) it costs to run every day, and the fact that the building in which it is located is so well built and insulated that it doesn’t require heating, even in the depths of winter. That’s a room full of a swimming pool that you don’t need to heat, something which takes some planning, building and doing.
We are delighted to welcome talented garden designer, Katja Griffiths as a guest blogger. Here Katja shares her insights on landscape considerations when planning an outdoor swimming pool.
A rising trend in London’s property market are ‘iceberg homes’ - a term used to describe properties which have been extensively renovated below ground level to the point where the majority of the property is now subterranean (just as the majority of an iceberg is below sea level). In the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2001, there were 46 planning applications for basement conversions, whereas in 2013 this figure rose to a staggering 450! So why are these types of conversions become so popular?
The first month of 2015 has gone quickly, the year is moving forward with big milestone after big milestone on the horizon. My AutoCAD course, having a symbiotic relationship with my new role as trainee project designer in the design team, has propelled things forward positively.
The material you choose for your outdoor pool surround is one of the most important decisions you will make when constructing a pool, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. There are three types of material from which to choose – concrete paving stones, natural stone and wood, which come in a variety of styles so, regardless of the style of landscaping in your garden, you’re sure to find a material that complements the natural environment. When choosing your pool surround, the key features to consider are non-slippery when wet, non-abrasive texture for comfort underfoot and resistance to excessive heat absorption.
If the equipment in your pool is no longer functioning optimally and the aesthetics are starting to suffer due to extended use, it might be time to think about renovating. Whether you’re upgrading the plant room equipment, refurbishing the tiles or looking to improve the pool’s structural integrity, it’s important to enlist the services of a specialist who knows the ins and outs of your particular type of pool. If you are considering renovating because you have been losing water in the pool, performing a simple bucket test will tell you if this is happening because of evaporation or whether there is a more serious problem which needs to be addressed. Taking inspiration from SPATA’s informative pool renovation leaflet, here are some of the things you should keep in mind, whether you have a concrete or liner pool.
Jason Beirne is now blogging as a new member of the design & build team, having transferred from London Swimming Pool Company's Servicing division.
When you think of a luxury swimming pool, you probably imagine a space dedicated exclusively to the pool where only swimming and relaxation takes place. But what if the space earmarked for the pool needs to work harder, for example, because you host a lot of functions and parties?
Having an energy efficient or ‘green’ pool is important for a variety of reasons, above all because it helps to save you money, sometimes a significant amount. Going ‘green’ also reduces energy waste and helps to preserve water. Fortunately, energy efficiency isn’t a difficult goal to reach. With the right kind of maintenance and a couple of pieces of optimised equipment, you can dramatically lower the environmental impact of your pool, and reduce running costs in the process!
Whether you’re swimming a few lengths in the pool to relax after work or are treating yourself to a couple of hours of peace and relaxation at a health spa, participating in such activities has benefits for both the mind and body. Swimming regularly does not mean you have to train strenuously and push your body to its limit - in fact, swimming can be a great low-impact exercise which makes it ideal for those looking to rehabilitate from physical injuries or illnesses. If you’re looking to become healthier, fitter and leaner or just to relax, swimming might be just what you’re looking for. Here are some of the benefits: