The Great British summer is barely a month or so away, which means now is the ideal time to start scheduling all those home improvement projects that will help you get the most out of your property right through to the autumn.
If you have a home swimming pool, this is also the right time to start getting it ready for the summer outdoor swimming season, especially if your pool is looking tired or outdated. Here’s our run-down of the top 7 ways of revamping your home pool this year without breaking the bank.
1) Add Lighting
Summer nights are the perfect time to relax and unwind outdoors, especially if you have a pool. You can create a more inviting ambiance by adding underwater LED lighting to your pool. This lighting option is energy-efficient and will add a classy touch to your pool for up to 10 years without needing replacement.
2) Make a Grand Entrance
Pool ladders get the job done, but they fall short of making a statement of class in terms of pool entrances. To transform your pool into a luxurious oasis, consider adding a beach entry feature. This design option replaces steps with gently sloping walkways made with natural stone or tile that replicates a wild beach. This not only looks good but is an excellent safety option for children, and for adults with restricted mobility.
3) Convert To a Salt Water Pool
Most home swimming pools in the UK use chlorinated water, but salt water pools are common across Europe and are becoming more popular here for both sustainability and comfort reasons. Salt water is much less likely to cause irritation than chlorinated water. Moreover, switching to a salt water pool requires less maintenance and fewer chemicals – not to mention that salt water can help alleviate muscle and joint pain.
4) Solar Shower
Solar-powered showers add convenience to your swimming experience and can enhance the pool-side area. If you’re considering an outdoor shower as an alternative to having people squelch through the house to shower down after their summer afternoon dip, this could be the least disruptive option, as it doesn’t require running hot water pipes underground into the poolside area.
5) Water Features
Ask your pool landscaping contractor about water features – you’ll be surprised at how easily they can transform the look of your pool area and integrate it with your garden design. Popular and easily installed features include rockface waterfalls, deck jets, and pool fountains.
6) A Pool-Side Fire Pit
British weather can be unpredictable all year round, and temperatures can drop without warning even in the summer, so adding a pool-side fire pit or chiminea will improve your comfort levels and help you get more use out of your pool on chillier days. For a more impressive effect, you can commission a custom-made fire pit that matches the property’s architectural and décor style.
7) Add a Pool Cover
Pool covers can help reduce water evaporation over the summer, keep out debris and bugs, and reduce the volume of chemicals needed to keep water in optimal condition. Moreover, they add a sleek touch to the pool area and can be easily retrofitted without major construction work.
At JB Elite, we specialise in high-end pool refurbishment and maintenance services in the Midlands. If you’re planning to upgrade your pool this summer, give us a call and we’ll discuss how to make your dream come true.