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.
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.