SOURCE: Pentair Aquatic Systems
SANFORD, NC--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) - Homeowners committed to the pool lifestyle this summer are fueling a poolscape renaissance as they push designers and builders across the country to create custom outdoor living spaces with resort-like amenities around their pools, according to Pentair Aquatic Systems and its social community, Poolfyi.
Many homeowners recognize they can do more with their pools and see them as "the centerpiece for creating a backyard getaway," said Carlos Del Amo, VP of global marketing at Pentair Aquatic Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of pool and spa equipment. A well-planned poolscape gives homeowners an oasis for everyday leisure, entertaining and swimming.
Poolscapes are designed to complement both the home's architecture and natural surroundings and include one or many pool-related features such as a swim-up bar with stools, tanning shelf or fire bowl.
"Homeowners want the poolscape to be an extension of the home," Del Amo said. "The poolscape becomes another room that's used throughout the year."
All summer long, pool owners and pool pros have submitted photos of elaborate poolscapes to the Poolfyi community. The growing pages of poolscape photos are consistent with homeowners' "tremendous demand" for inviting poolscape features that Pentair dealers have reported for some time, Del Amo said.
While homeowners have known for years that landscaping adds great personal and aesthetic value to their homes, "they're embracing the fact that the poolscape is no different and adding features that fit their home-improvement budgets," Del Amo said.
"Poolscapes help a home stand out," he said. "An investment in the poolscape is an investment in the home and the lifestyle it can offer."
There are many common poolscape features for pool owners to consider when planning to create or expand their backyard oasis.
Plan the design
Homeowners should take into account the poolscape's proximity to the home, configuration, existing interior and outdoor elements and prioritize their features based on look and function.
Play with the elements: water, earth and fire
Natural elements are the defining features of most poolscapes and can take many forms: integrated spa, waterfall, fountain, bubbler, sconce, deck jet, diving rock, grotto, fireplace, fire bowl, fire pit and torch.
Create a light show
Strong lighting extends the pool's use into the night hours and gives owners the option to adjust the poolscape's evening atmosphere: laminars, or streaming water arcs illuminated by color lights, colored LED pool lights and synchronized lighting among the pool, spa and nearby landscape.
Knock down conventional walls
Let builders get creative with entries and edges: beach entries, wading areas for a new shallow end, tanning shelves and the popular vanishing edge to open up views.
Paint a picture with tiles
Tiles are the finishing touch on a poolscape: colored glass tiles, including bubble effects and swirls, and stone allow pool owners to create individual poolside designs and imagery on a grand scale.
Spare no detail
Homeowners who go the extra mile introduce major amenities to their poolscapes: bar, grille and kitchen features, sound system, slide -- and use poolside or mobile controllers to manage key pool and poolscape settings such as water temperature, lighting and water features.
Homeowners looking for poolscape ideas and inspiration can view Poolfyi's photos at http://goo.gl/7JKyG.
Homeowners should contact pool professionals for help on their poolscape projects, and they can find a local Pentair dealer at http://goo.gl/4BPBd.
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