February 27, 2017
When it comes to designing Kelowna pools, homeowners want ones that require minimal cleaning and upkeep.
Helping homeowners design their Kelowna pools is a big part of what we do. We’ve been in the swimming pool installation business for a long, long time, and over the years we’ve seen trends come and go. Thanks to advances in technology, our customers have more options than ever to customize the way their pools look and function.
Here are some of the most popular design trends in the Okanagan…
1. Sun Ledges
Sun ledges, also known as tanning shelves, used to be an option that was only available in concrete pools and some fibreglass models. Not anymore. Modern vinyl liner pools can also be built with this sought-after feature.
A sun ledge is basically a bench that’s attached to the pool wall, roughly eight inches below the surface. This allows bathers to blissfully lay back in a shallow pool of water while they soak up the Okanagan sun.
2. Smaller Pools
As the lot sizes of properties become smaller, the available space to build Kelowna pools also becomes less. Additionally, homeowners are realizing the benefits of choosing a smaller pool, which includes:
- More affordable
- Less costly to maintain
- Less maintenance time
More budget available for other pool features
3. Low (or No) Maintenance Pools
Next to the initial cost of installing a pool, Kelowna homeowners are quick to ask about the maintenance requirements. It’s a fair question because all pools need constant monitoring to ensure they stay in peak condition.
The trick is to find that balance between maximum enjoyment and minimal upkeep. To help with this, the pool companies Kelowna residents trust are often asked to install things like:
- Saltwater chlorination systems
- UV sanitation systems for water quality
- Automatic pool cleaners
Another popular option for reducing maintenance is the Vanquish in-floor, in-wall cleaning and circulation system. Using a series of strategically placed jets, this system pushes debris to the pool’s main drain and skimmer area.
4. Easy-to-care-for Backyards
Homeowners want to enjoy their backyards, not toil in them. Combined with the trend towards smaller lot sizes mentioned above, residents are swapping high-maintenance lawns for low-maintenance landscaping features, such as:
- Automated irrigation systems
- Drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants
- Mulched garden beds
And instead of having a swath of grass around their pools, many people are choosing to install pool decks, pergolas and other long-lasting structures.
For more on this, read: 5 Mosquito-repelling Plants for a Pool Kelowna Families Will Enjoy.
5. Innovative Pool Lighting
Gone are the days when Kelowna pools only had a single 500-Watt light bulb for illumination (in white, of course). These days, pool designs utilize numerous lights spread out around the pool to provide even light. They’re also available in a dazzling range of colours. Some are even programmed to perform light shows.
Rafter 4K Contracting is one of the leading Kelowna contractors for home renovations. Call us to discuss your next project.