Friday, 22 May 2015 08:35

The Lap Pool as High Art

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Strokes of Genius: 8 Stunning Lap Pools

Saving space and suited to both serious swimmers and toe dippers, lap pools can be a brilliant addition to the landscape

From Houzz

The Rectangular inground swimming pool, or lap pool, had fallen out of favor for a few years.  Homeowners that wanted the resort-style or waterpark feel to their swimming pool projects, or the lagoon-style pond-type swimming pool, had overwhelming chosen the freeform pool as their design preference.  In a move that is somewhat back to the future in nature, the old-world, european-style lap pool has been coming back into vogue.  This post from Houzz presents a gallery of these types of pools that have been elevated to an artform.  

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25 Stunning Pools Worth Visiting In your Life Time

From Architecture and Design

Swimming Pools have become the central attraction at some of world's most exclusive and fabulous vacation destinations.  Architects and Designers realize the attraction that a spectacular swimming pool amenity can draw, so they have been upping their game at these 5 star destinations.  This post from Architecture and Design gives an amazing compendium of these water paradises, and encourages you to use the list as inspiration for your next getaway.  

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Artistic Fire Pits For Long Summer Nights

From Landscape Architects Network

Outdoor living enthusiasts understand that long summer days can easily turn into cool summer nights.  Harkening back to days of yore, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, nighttime can be the most relaxing and congenial time of the day.  Unfortunately, without a source of heat and focus, these summer nights can turn into indoor gatherings, defeating the purpose of having a fabulous outdoor living space.  Firepits are a great way to extend the day, and keep the memories building.  This post from The Landscape Architects Network presents a different spin on the firepit;  one that turns the source of heat and focus into high art.

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979 waterslide Home Design Photos

From Houzz

With the overwhelming trend nationwide of bringing the staycation to one's own backyard, homeowners are looking to add resort-style amenities to their own outdoor paradise.  Features like outdoor kitchens, fountains with programmed shows, fire features, pizza ovens, etc. etc. are all appearing in backdoor outdoor living spaces all over the U.S.  Perhaps the most exciting feature, at least for families with children, is the water slide.  The last couple of decades have seen a proliferation of custom, waterpark-type slides in residential backyards.  These slides provide longer flumes, sometimes enclosed, and are always thrilling for kids and family.  This post from Houzz has a huge compendium of pictures featuring some of the most stunning examples of this amenity.

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979 waterslide Home Design Photos

From Houzz

With the overwhelming trend nationwide of bringing the staycation to one's own backyard, homeowners are looking to add resort-style amenities to their own outdoor paradise.  Features like outdoor kitchens, fountains with programmed shows, fire features, pizza ovens, etc. etc. are all appearing in backdoor outdoor living spaces all over the U.S.  Perhaps the most exciting feature, at least for families with children, is the water slide.  The last couple of decades have seen a proliferation of custom, waterpark-type slides in residential backyards.  These slides provide longer flumes, sometimes enclosed, and are always thrilling for kids and family.  This post from Houzz has a huge compendium of pictures featuring some of the most stunning examples of this amenity.

Click here to see the gallery

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