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 or sketching plans for rebuilding the deck and adding an above ground pool there.
Do you own a pool? Do you think about adding one, like I do?
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