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May 26, 2016

Just Dreaming About Concrete Swimming Pools...

Whenever I fly in or out of my city, I'm always surprised by how many swimming pools I spy from the air!  Adding a pool is a fabulous way to make home feel like a retreat.  I spent my childhood summers in Toronto, where we would often gather at my great Aunt's home to cool down in her backyard swimming pool.  Everyone's birthday from June-August was celebrated poolside, with a BBQ and tons of food, so most of our family photos from those years feature us contently smiling, sunburned and in our bathing suits.

It's amazing how water - whether a beautiful backyard pool or a lakeside cottage - can bring people together!



Although I live on the lake now, I still dream of having my own pool so I can enjoy a swim when the lake isn't quite warm enough yet.  There are so many days when I long to be on the water but I dip my toes into icy Lake Superior and shiver.  It's shallow where we are, and once we've had a few sunny days the water becomes enjoyable for swimming, but I just love being in, on or around water so much and a pool would be lovely for those cold water days.  In our first apartment, we we regulars at the pool we shared with two other buildings - I even wrote much of my MA thesis poolside (shhh) and then in Ottawa we often walked to a community pool nearby.  With Canadian summers being so short, I look for any way to squeeze as much warm weather fun as possible. 

It might take us many years to save up, but adding a pool is definitely one of my long term goals for our house.  I toggle between mooning over gorgeous in ground pools, like the ones featured here (designed by award-winning Betz Pools), or sketching plans for rebuilding the deck and adding an above ground pool there. 


This is why I'm very curious about the kinds of pools people have in my city - and why I crane my neck from the plane, relishing the chance to peek inside backyards.  Capturing that same feeling, I was riveted while I watched the short video below.  But I will issue a warning: I definitely felt serious house envy because the video features stunning landscaping, a gorgeous luxury home, and the pool to match - which can even be enjoyed year round!  So dreamy...


It's the kind of home you see in the decor magazines, where every detail has been thoughtfully designed.  I appreciate how Betz Pools, the company who created this backyard oasis, designed and executed not only the pool and hot tub, but also the surrounding landscaping so the pools feels like an integral element of an overall soothing backyard environment.

Do you own a pool?  Do you think about adding one, like I do?  If you're in the market, I highly recommend checking out Betz Pools for inspiration and info on pool construction.  This article about shopping for a pool, from EIEIHome, is also incredibly informative, with different experts weighing in on what kind of materials to use and how to know what company to hire  - I especially loved seeing the photos of the construction process because now I have a better idea of what to expect!  It's a great read if you're just curious about pools or thinking about adding one to your own backyard.

Happily armed with a little more knowledge about pricing and options, for now I'm content to keep dreaming...



This post was sponsored by EIEIHome, a great place to do research on swimming pools and other home renovation topics, home repair or home decor.
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  1. I like the rectangle pool in your third inspiration photo. It somehow reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright!

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  2. My parents also live on a lake (in Michigan) and their house sits at the top of a small hill - not great for building a pool. My mother really wanted to add a pool because the area of the lake in front of their house is not great for swimming (it's the end of the natural preserve next to them - lots of lilypads, etc.) They have a large deck that they didn't want to compromise so they added a second lower level to the deck that sits in front of the larger section and attaches to the above ground pool. There's a great uninterrupted view of the lake from the pool and it's close to the rest of the action (on the big deck slightly above). It's a pretty dreamy setup.

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    1. Oh wow, that does sound really dreamy! What a clever solution.

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  3. Sitting around waiting for the pool repair guy that was supposed to be here at 9:00 this morning to replace our pump. Downside of owning a pool, maintenance.

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    1. It's always nice to hear about a downside, lol! Whenever people express envy over my lakeside location, I launch into a length discussion about goose poop. There are always pros and cons, haha. It's nice to hear the cons sometimes. But I hope your pool is up and running soon!

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  4. I live in Az. specifically the Phoenix area and our summers typically run from the end of April until the middle of October with random hot days the rest of the year. As far as I'm concerned a pool is a necessity and thank goodness our community has 2 within walking distance. Such a wonderful thing to have on a hot day. The only problem is that when the temp is over 115 the pools are also warm and who wants a hot bath on a hot day? Not me.

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    1. Oh wow! Yes, I can imagine a pool being a necessity where you live. I can't even imagine living somewhere so warm that the pool water becomes like a bath. Wow!!

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  5. I used to love to swim as a kid but it's been so long since I've been in a pool and then it's just to hang out in the shallow end. I can swim if I had to but not very confident in it now like when I was a kid......though with this much body fat I don't think I'd need to swim, just float away in an emergency lol. And now the only place I'd ever swim would be in private of my own pool. I hear they are a lot of maintenance though. I know you'd probably rather these sleek looking pools but have you seen those pools that look like ponds? I love this one, (hope it's ok to post links) http://www.littlethings.com/backyard-swimming-pond/?utm_source=sturn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=projects

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    1. A long time ago Hubby and I were swimming in this huge pond in my grandparents' neighborhood when I wondered allowed why I could swim so well when I was chubbier than hubby who, although very much more fit than me at the time, sunk like a rock. An older woman swimming by us overheard and said to me, "it's your cellulite dear".
      So yeah, I'm a pretty strong float also.
      That pool in the link you sent is amazing! I love how it totally blends into the backyard. Wow.
      And of course - you can always post links!

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    2. hahaha that's too funny. The more muscle you have the heavier you are. I remember watching some Fear Factor type show with celebs and this very muscular guy, Terry Crews, jumped out of a helicopter into a lake and had to be rescued because he couldn't stay above water because his muscle just weighted him down so much. Imagine if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tried to swim, I'd guess he's sink like a rock too. Corny I know.

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