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Pool Inspiration: Greece 25th August 2016

Architecture detail of ancient temple Erechteion

The Victorians loved neo-classical architecture, you just have to look at the profusion of classically inspired stately homes and public buildings that were built in that age. Bespoke swimming pools were also created seeking to replicate the splendour of ancient Athens.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your own pool, consider getting some ideas from the birthplace of Western civilization.

Frescoes of Greek gods were popular and an image of the sea god Poseidon or any of the nymphs would be particularly appropriate. This could be achieved with a hand-crafted tile mosaic on the bottom or sides of the pool.

Fountains were also very popular displays of wealth and status, and integrating a classically themed fountain into your personal luxury pool would pay homage to one of the great periods of European architecture.

Colour-wise, the classical and neoclassical styles favour clean and cold colours like whites, blues and greens. Marble was a popular building material and incorporating some into your pool design, perhaps in the steps or surround, would really set your pool apart.

Columns are the most distinctive feature of this style though difficult to accommodate unless you have the space. If you do, the addition of columns will make your pool especially grand and create a truly luxurious surround.

The Greeks also travelled all over the Mediterranean world, incorporating what they found into their own designs, so don’t be scared to add other influences to create a unique and personal pool that reflects your own style and inspiration.

Posted: August 25th, 2016 Category: Design Comments: (0)

5 Benefits Of Swimming 24th August 2016

Young woman swimming in luxury pool

One of the best ways of keeping fit is undoubtedly getting in the pool and doing a few laps. You might be having your luxury pool installed so that you can hold pool parties and keep the kids entertained at the weekends, but don’t discount the value of having a pool to help you keep fit. Here are five benefits of swimming to inspire you to get in the pool today.

Muscle tone

Water is far denser than air, so it’s a much better way of toning up your muscles than any other kind of cardio out there. You get the same level of resistance in the pool that you would using light weight on a machine at the gym, but because the resistance is controlled you don’t have to worry about repetitions like you would at the gym.

Flexibility

Boost your flexibility by swimming some laps. It helps you use a lot of your muscles all at the same time, whereas if you’re at the gym you’re really only targeting a few muscles at once. You’re also stretching your entire body when you swim when reaching out to complete your strokes.

Low impact

If you’ve got a few aches and pains, there’s nothing better than getting in the pool. Water helps to support your body weight so you can enjoy a really good workout without putting undue stress on your body. Swimming is great for those with injuries so if you have pushed yourself too hard at the gym, go for some breaststroke instead.

Weight loss

Swimming is also perfect if you’re concerned about your weight. Did you know that you burn about 300 calories by just doing half an hour of breaststroke? Why don’t you use Swimming Calculator the next time you’re in the pool to work out how many calories you’ve burned?

Posted: August 24th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Why Has The Olympic Swimming Pool Turned Green? 16th August 2016

Green water

For the last week, many of us have been watching the 2016 Olympic Games closely and for those interested in the swimming competitions, you might have noticed that the water has changed colour over the last few days.

Despite the fact the water in the luxury pool looked blue on Monday (August 8th), it has slowly turned a distinct shade of green, and those of you with beady eyes will have seen the transformation take place during some of the races themselves.

During the women’s synchronised ten-metre diving final on Tuesday, the tone of the water began to change and by the end of the contest, it was a definite green.

There have been many speculations over why there has been a change of colour in the water, with Tony Azevedo, men’s water polo captain for the USA, conjecturing that it is the result of putting “so much chlorine in the water that people can’t see”.

Another theory is that green ink has leaked into the water from the diving boards, which is what British diver Jack Laugher suggested.

However, the change in colour did not do anything to deter Laugher and his diving partner Chris Mears, as they took home the gold award for Team GB for the synchronised three-metre springboard.

This comes after fellow Brits Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow also won awards for their dive earlier in the week. They achieved bronze in the men’s synchronised ten-metre platform on Monday. Incidentally, the pair managed to claim one of the top prizes when the water was blue, not green.

Posted: August 16th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Discover This Luxury Pool In A Converted Church! 5th August 2016

Swimming pool in a church

If there’s one place to look to for inspiration for your swimming pool designs, it’s the luxury pool at Repton Park in Redbridge in London which has been built inside a converted church.

There’s really nothing quite like taking a dip in a 25m pool surrounded by amazing arched windows and stained glass, is there? If you’re planning on having an indoor swimming pool installed, adding some stained glass here and there could actually be a lovely idea, especially if you’re going to be using the pool for relaxation rather than intense swimming practice. There’s something so peaceful about stained glass, isn’t there?

We’re also particularly impressed by the stunning stone pillars, no doubt an original feature of the church that have been left behind to create a truly beautiful space for a swimming pool. If you’re planning on having part of your house converted, adding in some pillars could also be a great idea if you want a very dramatic look.

The church conversion itself also saw a shower included near the altar, with a hot tub just in front of it and a steam room to the left. But that’s not all – the old confessional box has also been transformed into a sauna… making us really want to pay Repton Park a visit!

Other swimming pools in London that might inspire you include the one to be found in The Berkeley Hotel which has a retractable roof, or the one at the Canary Riverside club which has an incredible view of the Thames. Why not do a London tour of all the pools to see what styles you like and what you don’t?

Posted: August 5th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

The History Of The Lido 4th August 2016

Tynemouth derelict lido And Sea

Outdoor swimming has long been popular here in the UK – and it certainly shows no signs of stopping, as people all over the country look to have bespoke swimming pools installed outside their homes.

But when did outdoor swimming first become a credible activity? Where did it all begin? Back in the 1930s, lidos across the UK started springing up, with 169 built by local councils all over the place. Of course, some of these were short-lived and fell out of favour when travel to exotic foreign countries became cheaper and more accessible – but some of the original ones are still in operation today.

The first open air pool to be built was The Edmonton Lido in Edmonton, which opened in July 1935 after extensive refurbishment. This was followed by the Tottenham Lido in June 1937 and the West Ham Municipal Lido in August of that year.

The word ‘lido’ is actually Italian for beach and if you holiday in this part of the world you’re sure to see signs for the likes of Lido di Venezia, referring to the barrier beach that encloses the Venetian Lagoon. It’s likely that the term made its way into English vocabulary by lucky folk holidaying in Italy where swimming in the sea was a popular way to spend the time back in the late 19th century.

During the 20s, swimming was an incredibly popular pastime and when swimwear evolved to give women greater freedom to enjoy it, the 30s saw a huge surge in this particular outdoor pursuit. This in turn resulted in councils investing in lidos more and more to help cater for holidaymakers.

The design for lidos usually involved a rectangular pool with a deck for sunbathing and a café nearby, with the majority also having a fountain or cascade. Slides and water chutes, as well as diving boards, were stylish features to be included – so make sure you have one of these if you want to recreate the lidos of days gone by at home.

Posted: August 4th, 2016 Category: History Comments: (0)