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Pool Paradise

Pool Paradise By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Whether you already have a swimming pool that needs remodeling, or you want to add one to your property for a complete backyard makeover, there's certain information you should know before you start.

It's All About Location

Do you want your pool indoors or outdoors? Above-ground or inground? When installing a new pool, choose carefully.

A small backyard can be made to look larger with certain landscaping tricks, such as extending trellising from the house to cover the pool or using a disappearing edge. An above-ground pool may be cheaper to install, but in-ground swimming pools generally provide greater resale value. If possible, put the pool in the sunniest part of your yard to cut down on heating costs.

Finally, an indoor pool may require you to build an extension, depending upon the existing space, but then you can use it no matter the weather, and it's actually safer for children since you can lock the door when you aren't home.

Pool Materials

For pool remodeling or a new pool, you will need to select a material. In areas with large climate variations, you may need a vinyl-lined pool. This type is easy to maintain and quick to install, but needs more frequent replacement. Concrete has long been the most popular choice due to the greater variety of design choices and styles. But fibgerglass has recently increased in standing, especially with second-time pool owners. Installed as one solid piece, it does not chip or alter the water chemistry, and is impenetrable to algae. It is also the easiest to maintain and works throughout the U.S., no matter the climate.


Swimming pools have become more elegant and varied. New features include safety alarms, waterfalls, aquatic speakers, and even salt-water pools with chlorine-generators that benefit your skin.

Remodeling or installing a pool can add new enjoyment to your home today.


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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