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Home Living : August 2nd 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 9 Pool your resources Today's backyard pools are designed to fulfil many needs and fit all sorts of spaces. Australian swimming pools are making new waves, offering plenty of fun and exercise while also serving as beautiful and functional extensions of the living space. And, with the swimming season fast approaching, now is the time to consider your options when putting in a new pool or renovating an old one. The Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) NSW and Archicentre have some advice: People are prioritising differently. Pools are not just places to splash and play any more. In many backyards, it it now the driving force; A growing trend is the integration of pools into a home's design, enabling a seamless transition from internal living spaces to the water. Today's homeowners want a pool that makes a statement, is aesthetically pleasing, doubles as a fountain or water feature and serves as a backyard oasis; Trends include plunge pools in courtyards, pools running alongside or around a home, living areas built around pools, tropical resort-inspired spas, part of the pool flowing into the home and even pools with retractable decks. Details: www.spasa.org.au and www.archicentre.com.au. HOMELIVING What's popular in pools Water without walls: some of the most popular ideas in pools now involve the lack of pool walls, for example, playful and pretty beach entries, and shallow and comfortable wet decks. The beach entry is a gently sloping entrance to the pool that mimics a beach in looks and feel. There are no stairs or ladders so it's ideal for families with young children. Infinity/negative edge pools: This design element gives the illusion of water flowing off the pool edge -- especially dramatic when the pool overlooks an ocean view, sweeping countryside or sparkling city lights. Lighting: Right lighting not only enhances your poolscape, but makes it safer. Glowing incandescent lighting can spotlight water features as well as garden and architectural elements. Perimeter lighting will make a pool look magical at night. Little lights set in stone illuminate walkways and steps. Fibre optics can be integrated into a sheer- descent water feature, washing different colours onto the water. Frameless glass balustrades: Ensure unimpeded views from a home's interior to garden areas and beyond. Water features: moving water adds visual stimulation as well as a sound shield to the pool area. Fountains are an effective way to set the mood around the pool. 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