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Top 10 Awesome Swimming Pool Features to Add to Your Tampa Bay Poolscape

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Exciting new features and fresh designer touches can transform your swimming pool and spa into a custom haven of fun and relaxation designed just for you! From bold fire elements casting sparkling reflections to bubbling waterfalls to energy-saving LED Color lighting that you can control from your phone, you can add both style and functionality to your outdoor living space. Tampa Bay Pools has been designing pools and outdoor living spaces since 2001, so we know a thing or two about swimming pool features.

Below are just a few of our favorite features that are sure to bring attention, and fun, to your backyard.

 

1. The Custom Grotto

Let’s face it. We all still enjoy having a secret get-a-way like when we were kids. Custom caves and grottos can be added to pools, creating a private space in which to chill out, get away from it all or simply hide. Done right, they can provide a feeling of being miles away in a secluded oasis of your own. Besides they’re just plain fun!

 

2. The Waterfall

Is any swimming pool feature as idyllic as the waterfall? A well-designed and built waterfall will add a striking and very unique feature to your swimming pool, while the sound of the bubbling, free-flowing water brings a sense of peace and serenity.

 

3. The Fountain

Fountains can be as basic or as ornate as you choose. They are a great way to customize your poolscape and create a signature design in your backyard, possibly becoming a much-needed focal point for your design aesthetic. Like waterfalls, fountains add moving water to your poolscape to bring another dimension of sight and sound. Don’t forget to take advantage of available spectacular fountain lighting to create a nighttime fantasy.

 

4. The Sheer Descent

Sheer descents are a popular choice for modern pools because of their crisp lines and sleek edges. They give many of the benefits of fountains and waterfalls while keeping the swimming pool minimalist, modern and a much smaller price tag. Available in various lengths and ability to be lit from inside, they can be placed almost anywhere in the pool and add the sound and beauty of a smooth sheet of falling water.  

 

5. The Beach Entry

Swapping out pool steps and ladders with a gently sloped beach entry has been a popular pool design trend throughout Florida for a number of years, especially for those who want an easier access point. This attractive pool renovation pool renovation can include a transition of materials from dry to wet. At the same time, it provides a dual-purpose; easy access and a comfortable place to cool off without having to actually get in the pool.

 

6. The Tanning Ledge

The tanning ledge, also known as the baja reef or shamu shelf, is a fun swimming pool feature perfect for lounging and soaking up some much needed vitamin D. For those with little ones, it can serve as a great spot to splash and play with youngsters without wading into the deeper water. With the addition of an umbrella and a couple of lounge chairs, you’ll find yourself transport to a Caribbean island. Oh, waiter!

 

7. The Swim-Up Bar

Who wants to get out of the pool to eat or drink? Popular at many resorts, the swim-up bar with built-in bar stools is a fun and unique element to add to your pool. It’s a way to enjoy the water while also enjoying a drink or snack. Connect it to an outdoor and kitchen and you’ve got the ultimate party space.

 

8. Pool Mosaics

Adding a pool mosaic as part of your renovation project will make your swimming pool uniquely you. From geometric designs to animals to favorite sports team logos, pool mosaics allow you to express your individuality. They can even be custom designed to be almost anything you like.

 

9. The Fire Pit

Add a whole different dynamic to your backyard with a firepit. Perfect for cool nights, they add light and warmth to your backyard. A firepit will quickly become the go-to place for your guests during any party. Concerned that you don’t have a lot of room? No problem. Look into a zero elevation firepit where you can turn it on during cool evenings or place a lounge chair over it when not in use.

 

10. The Lighting

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to showcase your poolscape is to upgrade your pool lighting. Plus, by upgrading to LED lighting, you’ll be doing both your wallet and the environment a favor. Lighting styles and options have greatly expanded over the years to let you control the colors and mood of your backyard. Talk to one of our design specialists to learn more about the near endless possibilities for your pool.

Tampa Bay Pools has built a reliable reputation in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas to create beautiful swimming pools and outdoor living spaces that incorporate all of these unique features. If you’re looking to incorporate one into your new project, contact us today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Perfect Water Features For Pools of Different Sizes

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Water features are what can really set a pool apart and make it unique. They are an important part of planning your new pool construction. Before selecting water features for your swimming pool, it's important to consider not only the shape, but also the size of your new aquatic retreat. Below are some tips for choosing the best water features for an inground pool of any size.

 

Water Features for Small Pools

Having less space in and around a small pool can make choosing the perfect water feature difficult. Not only are the water features themselves important, but also the their placement. Typically, most of them work best by being positioned at one or both ends of the pool. That way, swimmers still have room to comfortably swim in the pool without having to worry about any obstructions or obstacles.

  • Consider building a rocky grotto or stacked stone wall with a tumbling waterfall at one edge of the pool so it doesn’t take up any of the actual swimming area.

  • Deck jets take up almost no space and can be placed around the pool as an attractive and on-trend pool water feature.

  • Sheer descents are gorgeous and project a flat cascading sheet of water that add sound and motion while taking up very little space.

 

Water Features for Large Pools

The more space you have, the more choices you have when it comes to water features. The key is not to go overboard and try to stick to a theme or create a particular atmosphere with the features that you select. For example:

  • Grecian style pools do well with ornate free standing fountains, statues, and spilling water bowls.
  • Modern or contemporary pools should opt for more sleek water features, such as sheer descents, infinity edges, fire bowls, and scuppers.

 

Water Features Suitable for All Pools

Some pool water features will work with almost any size or style of pool:

  • Inground spas with an added spillway
  • Custom LED lighting
  • Laminar jets that add a touch of color to deck jets

With so many different designs and styles of water features for pools available, choosing the right one for your pool and patio can be overwhelming. We invite you to contact the professionals here at Tampa Bay Pools to help find the perfect water feature for your pool.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.