North Carolina is in full pool season swing for 2019 and pool owners are sharing what they love about their backyard pools. Granted, they’re spoiled with close access to beaches, and even to community pools and a personal swimming pool may not seem like a necessity, but some locals say that’s not the case. it’s a pleasure AND a necessity.
“I will never live somewhere without a pool,” said Mary Hayes of Wilmington.
Her family built their infinity edge pool 18 years ago after seeing one while vacationing in the Caribbean.
“It’s been our party spot for us, our six kids, and their friends,” she said.
And now, even though the kids are grown, the couple still enjoys having a pool and use it most days for a quick morning swim or to relax in the evening.
“We love the convenience of having it right here,” she stated.
Resident Jennifer Horrigan expressed a similar sentiment.
She and her husband are currently planning to build a new home overlooking a tidal marsh at Landfall and she already knows exactly what she wants when it comes to her next pool, while still enjoying the one she has now on a daily basis.
Although construction of in-ground swimming pools suffered during the recession, there has been steady growth in the industry in recent years. Currently, more than 60,000 new pools are installed each year, and Southeastern North Carolina is among the country’s strong markets, according to Pool and Spa News, an industry publication. If you’re among those thinking about getting a pool, here are some current trends.
This style of pool was cutting edge when Hayes built hers almost two decades ago. But the ‘vanishing edge’ or ‘wet edge’ look is still going strong, and among one of the most requested styles, according to Aqua Magazine. It really works well in locations where homeowners can capitalize on the view, as is the case for Hayes, whose pool looks out over the Intracoastal Waterway.
Because maintenance cost is sometimes a drawback in pool ownership, and because not all yards are large enough to accommodate full-sized pools, smaller options are popular for their size and simplicity.
“I do want something smaller,” Horrigan said, talking about her next pool. “I think it’s all about functionality.”
She wants something simple in terms of shape and size. Among the smallest of these styles are plunge pools, or cocktail pools, with the latter typically incorporating lots of steps or benches around the perimeter that make them perfect for entertaining.
Slopes and sun shelves
One extra design element that Horrigan does want to include is a sloped entry.
“So you can have chairs in there and relax,” she said.
These slopes, as well as submerged steps or sun shelves, are another hot trend, according to Pool and Spa News. The idea is that there is a space in the pool that’s just deep enough to cool off, and lounge in beach chairs.
New materials and innovation
Horrigan is a fan of Kool Deck for the non-slip, heat resistant texture. And more pool owners are incorporating materials like travertine, a stone with pool-friendly attributes, for the same reason. Other choices, like glass tile accents and dark pool interiors, are popular for aesthetic reasons. Pool and Spa News said that salt-water systems to disinfect pools are gaining interest in 2019 and more products are being developed to make pools easier to maintain. Horrigan, for example, said that she and her husband got rid of their electric cover and replaced it with a solar blanket that covers and heats the pool at the same time.