Home & Family
Backyard Pools are the Ultimate Oasis
4/3/2013 11:00:01 AM

A pool is a major feature in creating a backyard oasis; it's the key design element. It promotes a relaxed atmosphere, it's a great opportunity to exercise while swimming laps and a pool gives the backyard an inviting feel. Of course, the laughter and fun during a pool party with family and friends are the main reason most people choose to install a pool.

"The size and shape of a pool should be customized to the home so that they compliment one another,” said Fab Cantu, owner of Aquatic Pools & Spas in Sulphur. "When we install a pool, each one is a unique design to work with the surrounding elements. We listen to the homeowner on what features they're interested in having. Some may want a beach entry so it truly feels as though they're away at a beach; others are looking for an ultra-relaxing experience in a natural rock waterfall. If they are interested in a pool for exercise, we can design a pool with plenty of space for laps. Each project is unique.”

Pools promote socialization. Kids who may not say two words all evening while playing a video game will become very interactive in the pool. Most everyone has favorite memories of playing at a friends' pool or the community pool. Whether it's a party for the young ones or a social event for adults, pools are enjoyed by all ages.

Cantu said there are several things to keep in mind when considering installing a pool. "The needs of the homeowner should be the first thing addressed when talking with a pool contractor. Determine what you want to be able to do and the installer should use that as the basis for the design,” he said. Function should be first, then the design.

Working with the pool contractor, be realistic on the size of the pool. If your yard is small, a large pool could completely eliminate lawn and garden space. It's more aesthetically pleasing to have room for landscaping, so if a relaxing atmosphere is at the top of your list, save some green space.

When it comes to structure and maintenance, there are several types of pools to consider. Gunite, fiberglass and vinyl liners are the structural choices to make and homeowners should think about whether to go with traditional chlorine or saltwater when it comes to maintenance.

Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages so do a little research to see which one appeals to you. "Again, that's when it's important to work with a knowledgeable pool contractor so they can provide guidance on what type would meet your needs,” Cantu explained.

Safety should be carefully considered before installing a pool. Homeowners should decide if they are willing to install the necessary fence that should accompany any pool and if they are able to provide the supervision needed when children are present.

Once it's decided that a pool is the right move and design and installation are complete, there's nothing quite like a clear, inviting pool. It's a great way to escape, right in your own backyard.

For more information on pool installation, call Aquatic Pools & Spas at (337) 533-9007 or visit www.aquaticpsllc.com to view their photo gallery.

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