Have You Heard Of Aqua Dye? 17th February 2016
Now you’ve made the decision to have a unique swimming pool installed at home, you can start turning your thoughts to how you want it to look. And if you really want your luxury pool to stand out you might want to consider investing in some aqua dye, temporary water colourant that changes the shade of the water in your pool.
There are several different ranges available, such as those from Aqua Couleur, which come in a wide variety of colours like Deep Ocean, Lavender, Lagoon, Fuschia, Mango and Turquoise. If you have young children or are throwing a special party, it could be a fun addition to your swimming pool.
These products are perfectly safe to use and are completely hypoallergenic, so there’s no need to worry that your health will be affected by adding them to the pool. In addition, they will not affect the quality, transparency or balance of the water itself.
Alternatively, if you’d rather not go down the water dying route, why not consider having some beautiful mosaic tiles added to your pool before you even put the water in? You can find these in a huge range of different patterns and motifs, so you’re sure to be able to come up with a design that really speaks to you and your family.
If you’d like to find out more about these ceramic tiles and how they could help to finish your swimming pool off to perfection, get in touch with us here at CBD Pools today.
Damien Hirst Applies To Build Luxury Swimming Pool 8th February 2016
When it comes to luxury swimming pool design, we can only imagine what artist Damien Hirst will come up with for his mansion in Regent’s Park.
According to the Daily Mail, Hirst was granted planning application to build his basement conversion last year and has now filed a second application to dig down another metre in order to accommodate a yoga studio and swimming pool at home.
His new extension is apparently intended to house his extensive art collection, which includes works by Picasso and Bacon. The entire bottom level of the art gallery will be lowered in order to make additional room for the swimming pool, while the stairs will also have to be altered.
Further inspiration for homeowners keen to have their own luxury pool comes in the form of a sauna and steam room next to the pool, as well as a glazed yoga studio built on a mezzanine above.
When it comes to your own pool design, the first step is to consider what kind of style is best suited to you and your family. For example, you might find that an infinity pool is the best option if you’ve got an amazing view, while if you’re keen to keep fit then a classic lap pool might be a better choice.
Or if you’re looking for something to add value to your home and really make a statement, then something like a Grecian or Roman pool might be the best pool for you – classic, beautiful and incredibly stylish into the bargain.
360 Degree Infinity Pool For The St Regis Dubai! 2nd February 2016
We blogged last month about Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel that has just decided to add two pools to its luxurious offerings – and now we’re back off to the Middle East once again, this time to take a look at the new 360-degree infinity pool to be installed at the forthcoming St Regis Dubai, The Palm. It’s sure to inspire you when it comes to your own luxury swimming pool design!
What you probably won’t be able to replicate, however, is the height of this particular swimming pool. According to the Daily Mail, it’s going to be an amazing 50 storeys above ground, making it one of the highest pools in the entire world.
It’s expected that the hotel will open its doors some time in 2018, included as part of the Palm Tower, a building due to be built on the Palm Jumeirah – the biggest artificial island in the world.
There’s going to be a restaurant, a public rooftop viewing deck, as well as 289 guest rooms and suites, and 504 luxury apartments.
So there you have it! We hope that does give you a few ideas as to what you could achieve with your own luxury pool design. Whatever you do, just make sure you do your research and don’t rush into any decisions. You want to make sure you’re making the right choices for you and your family so you end up with a pool that everyone can enjoy for years to come. To find out more about how we can help you achieve this, get in touch today.
Why Pick A Salt-Water Pool? 29th January 2016
We’re always ones to keep tabs on the latest and best luxury swimming pools, and this week, the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai announced the addition of a new extension, homing not just one, but two pools.
According to the Telegraph, the new ‘North Deck’ will be a fan-like protrusion from the hotel providing space for two curved swimming pools – one fresh-water and one salt-water pool. The two new additions will take the hotel’s swimming pool count to six.
But why a salt-water pool? It’s a question that comes up time and time again from people looking to install a unique swimming pool in their own home.
Salt-water swimming pools use a slightly different sanitation system than regular chlorine pools. It’s a common misconception that they contain no chlorine at all, which makes them popular with those who have sensitivity to chlorine. However, it is true that there are fewer levels of certain chemical compounds that may make a difference to sensitivity, as well as less of the smell of chlorine than a traditional pool.
Salt is added to the water instead at around the density of a teardrop some 32,000 parts per million less than a drop of ocean water according to the Washington Times.
However, the positives for the swimmer may well be outweighed by the damage it could cause your pool if not properly maintained.
This can include bleaching or damage to the pool surface, lights and equipment – and if not looked after, the system can also be susceptible to higher instances of bacteria breeding environments.
4 Of The Best Fitness Trackers 13th January 2016
Many people opt for unique pools to add something interesting to their homes and to boost the resale value, but others do so to help themselves keep fit. With the start of a new year, now could well be the time to focus on swimming as a way to improve your health – so here are four of the best waterproof fitness trackers to help you get in shape.
Not only can this help you track your fitness, you can also use Moov Now to improve your swimming techniques as well. It’s waterproof to 50m and has a dedicated swimming mode so that you can get feedback on your stroke, efficiency, distance and rate, as well as lap times.
Misfit Speedo Shine
You can wear this tracker on your wrist or on your swimsuit, monitoring your lap count and swim distance. It also tracks your walking, cycling, running and sleep, so you can take it in and out of the pool as you see fit.
This activity tracker is both stylish and waterproof so perfect for the pool. Track your daily activity, as well as your sleep, to really make better health and fitness choices in the new year. Make excellent use of the daily activity goal that can be customised to suit your choice of activity. It fills up throughout the day based on the activity you do.
This is a great option for swimmers since it’s highly waterproof, can be taken to a depth of 50m and can transmit heart rate date to other devices, which is sure to be useful.
Top Products For Swimming Pool Safety 11th January 2016
If you have pets or small children but still want a luxury indoor swimming pool, you need to make sure you invest in the appropriate safety products so that your pool doesn’t pose a risk to anyone. Here are a few products you might like to shop for before you have your pool installed.
While you shouldn’t rely on a pool alarm entirely and children should always be supervised by a responsible adult, safety alarms can prove very useful indeed. You can buy alarms that are worn on your children’s wrists that go off if they fall in the water, or alarms that fit to the edge of the pool that operate using a pressure sensor system.
If you’ve gone for an outdoor pool instead of an indoor one, perimeter fencing might be a good idea. You can find fencing that is easily removable so that as your children grow up you can take it down as you see fit.
Swimming pool covers
You can buy covers for your swimming pool that can be used all year round. There are a number of options so decide whether you want a fully automatic one or if you’d prefer a manual cover. The difference in cost may sway you either way.
It won’t take much to make your poolside safe for animals or children, but it’s certainly a consideration you need to bear in mind when shopping for your new luxury pool. If you want further advice, make sure you get in touch with us here at CBD Pools.
New Luxury Swimming Pool Trend: Hydro Floors 6th January 2016
If you’re mulling over luxury swimming pool design at the moment and are keen to have your new pool installed sooner rather than later, why not do a bit of research into hydro floors to see if they’re right for you.
These are one of the hottest new trends to have emerged where swimming pools are concerned in recent years. Essentially, hydro floors are just another way of covering your pool when it’s not in use, which means they’re perfect for increasing your usable space at home. What’s more, the height of these floors can be adjusted, so you can either go for a pool with a deep end or have one that’s more suitable for children.
And when the pool’s not in use, you can use the hydro floor to cover it up so you can use the space for something else, whether it’s to turn it into a playroom for children or to use it as an at-home gym.
If you’re concerned about the safety aspects of having an indoor swimming pool, then a hydro floor could really help you make improvements in this regard, especially if you have young children. When you’re not there to supervise them in the pool, simply cover it up so they cannot get into the water when there’s no one there to watch them.
Why not discuss the benefits of a hydro floor with your swimming pool construction company? They’re sure to have lots of good ideas as to how you could have one installed in your property.
Top Tips For Weekly Pool Maintenance 4th January 2016
Before you have unique swimming pools installed, you need to know just how much work is involved in the upkeep of a pool. You’ll need to set out weekly tasks to ensure that your pool stays in pristine condition so here are a few that you might want to include on the rota.
Cleaning the skimmer
Make sure you clean your skimmer at least once a week so that there is no debris left in it, as this will have an impact on how effectively it keeps your pool clean.
Make sure you run the pump each day to ensure that the pool water is properly filtered. You should also check that the pump strainer, filter and drains are clean.
Check the filter
Follow the manufacturer’s directions as to how to keep your specific filter. This is an important part of pool maintenance as the filter is what keeps any debris from entering the pool.
It’s advisable to shock your pool at least every two weeks. A shock treatment involves adding oxidising compounds to the pool water in order to destroy any chloramines or anything else you don’t want in the water.
Owning a pool is a lot of fun but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s not a lot of work as well. You can of course do the maintenance yourself but it might be better to consider getting a professional pool-cleaning company to come and help you keep on top of it all, so you can enjoy your luxury pool without having to worry about anything else.
Luxury Pools Feature In ‘World’s Weirdest Homes’ 22nd December 2015
It is always interesting to see the grand designs of elaborate and palatial mansions, particularly when they are also eccentric and unique. That is why the TV show World’s Weirdest Homes has been capturing the interest of viewers all over the country.
And one particular feature all these imaginatively designed abodes include is, of course, a luxury swimming pool.
Channel 4’s latest property documentary takes a look at the most distinct houses around the world, allowing viewers to peek inside and see the crazy desires of their owners.
Architectural designer Charlie Luxton will countdown the top 20 strangest properties, with the final episode revealing the most bizarre place to live on earth.
While the contenders include the likes of a renovated dumpster truck in Brooklyn, which now has a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and outdoor shower, most of the homes showcase the ultimate in luxury design.
This includes Pierre Cardin’s bubble mansion in Cannes, France. The designer bought the property in the 1990s and it has seen a huge host of celebrities pass through its doors over the years, including Cressida Bonas, Dakota Fanning and Pierce Brosnan.
Its terracotta-coloured bubble-shaped rooms are spread over six levels and takes up 1,200 square metres.
The bubble palace does not just have one swimming pool, but three, giving visitors a choice of where they go for a relaxing dip. It also boasts a 500-seat amphitheatre where the 92-year-old can host huge events for his celebrity friends.
England also has its fair share of elaborately designed houses, with the Daily Mail revealing a Cold War bunker in London’s Chislehurst has been renovated into a £3.5 million property, now known as the Glass House.
The five-bedroom house features a stunning indoor swimming pool, which has become a centrepiece of the abode.
Pool Maintenance: 4 Health Issues Your Pool Could Cause 9th December 2015
Investing in a luxury pool can add value to your home, provide hours of fun and bring together friends and family for barbecues and outdoor parties.
However, you must approach pool maintenance diligently to ensure your guests are protected from any illnesses or other health problems that are common in the water.
Here is our list of potential issues a swimming pool can cause:
Researchers have found a link between high chlorine levels in pools and asthma issues. According to the study, the by-products of chlorine can irritate the eyes, lungs and nose, causing an allergic response.
Chlorine is essential for sanitising your pool against bacteria, viruses and parasites, but you must maintain the appropriate levels to achieve the right balance.
- Swimmer’s ear
When water becomes trapped in the ear canal while swimming, it can lead to a serious infection. Symptoms include pain, fluid discharge and intense itching.
Swimmer’s ear is typically more common in dirty or polluted water. However, putting chlorine in your pool should eradicate the bacteria that cause the condition.
Often called ‘Crypto’, this parasite is particularly nasty because it’s resistant to chlorine. Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, fever and vomiting.
Aside from pool sanitisation and maintenance, you can also put in place best-practice hygiene rules for pool use. For example, you should ask parents to watch toddlers who aren’t potty trained and advise people who have suffered a stomach bug in the last two weeks to avoid swimming in the pool.
Sculpture Ideas For Luxury Swimming Pools 2nd December 2015
A key part of luxury swimming pool design is choosing how to decorate the area surrounding the pool itself. You could have the most beautiful pool installed, with the most luxurious ceramic tiles included, but if you don’t pay close attention to the outside space around the pool, no one will want to swim in it.
We’ve blogged in the past about which plants would work best next to a swimming pool – but what about adding a few sculptures into the mix?
Organic sculptures and works of art are probably a good choice since you’ll be landscaping an outdoor area, so why not look out for something like a coral tree or a large marble flower with leaves. Animals would also be a good idea if you want to find a way to bring your swimming pool to life.
When it comes to materials, marble can look lovely and will really help create that sense of luxury you’re looking for but don’t discount the magic of wood as a material either where sculpture is concerned.
If you invest in a wooden piece, you’ll find that your sculpture changes over time as it becomes more and more weathered, which could be a lovely talking point for guests when they come over. Mushrooms and toadstools are very popular at the moment, so why not see if you can find a few of these to leave around the pool edge or in the garden.
We’d love to hear how you plan to decorate your pool area so get in touch with us today.
Make The Most Out Of Your Luxury Pool This Christmas 30th November 2015
Just because the weather has turned cold, it doesn’t mean you should neglect your luxury swimming pool till the summer returns. That’s why we’ve put together some great suggestions on how to enjoy your indoor pool during the festive season.
- Host a Christmas pool party
Pool parties don’t just have to be a summer pastime, so why not show off another part of your house at your festive soiree with a poolside Christmas party?
Your swimming pool will look stunning with the water sparkling against twinkling fairy lights on the windows and walls, and you can really bring this space to life with a large tree, festive swags and mistletoes hanging in doorframes.
Guests might not want to swap their party dresses for pool attire until later on in the evening, but at least they have a choice if they want to take a splash in your heated pool after a few drinks!
- Go for a Christmas Day swim
Christmas Day is all about indulging in chocolates, roast dinners, cake and alcohol, but you can feel slightly less guilty about all those extra calories if you go for an early morning swim first.
Doing front crawl for half an hour can burn 250-300 calories, which means you’ve used up enough calories to reward yourself with a guilt-free mince pie.
Of course, if you swim for longer or more energetically, you’ll burn a greater number of calories, so you can enjoy your Christmas Day without worrying about piling on the pounds.
- Start your New Year’s resolutions
After Christmas, most of us attempt to commit to our New Year’s resolutions. And for many people, this includes becoming fitter, losing weight or trying to be more healthy. Well, you can get your resolutions off to a great start by making the most of your pool.
If you get into the habit of going for an hour’s swim every day, you can burn 500-600 calories before you’ve even had breakfast!
Which Luxury Pool Shape Suits Your Needs? 30th November 2015
When looking for something unique in luxury pool design, choosing our artistic, beautiful ceramic pool tiles is only one step of the design process. In order for our design to flow into the aesthetics you desire for your indoor or outdoor swimming pool, one of the first choices you’ll make is a shape or style.
Infinity pools – also known as vanishing edge pools, this type of pool is fantastic for homes overlooking spectacular scenery such as oceans, forests or mountains. They give the effect that the pool is simply flowing over out of the property, but actually the water is collected into a hidden trough and recycled back into the pool.
Classic lap pools – if your main reason for wanting a pool is the actual swimming, then a classic pool may be your best choice. Simple rectangle designs can be embellished with an adjoining Jacuzzi or socialising space without impacting on your ability to swim uninterrupted.
Freeform pools – Freeform pools give you the chance to be artistic and fit your pool to the space you have. The free-flowing curves give a great blank canvas to work on and our designers thrive in creating custom designs for this kind of pool.
Grecian and Roman pools – classic and beautiful, these pools really make a statement about the property they inhabit. Start with a simple rectangle and then add in curved sections for stairs and Grecian columns in each of the corners. Its tradition and history give a great place to start imagining your custom design.
Top 3 Hotel Pools In The World 22nd November 2015
Dipping into the hotel pool is something most people look forward to when going on a relaxing holiday. So, we’ve put together a list of the world’s best luxury swimming pools to help you choose where next to go on your deluxe getaway.
1) Tanzania’s Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Going on a safari holiday is an ambition for many people, and to be able to stay in a luxury lodge in the heart of the Serengeti National Park complete with its own pool is a dream come true.
This is exactly what the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania offers, enabling you to take in the beautiful wild surroundings as you enjoy a soak in the water during the hot midday sun. You will also be able to see plenty of wildlife from the poolside as it overlooks its very own watering hole, often visited by elephants, giraffes and lions.
2) Shanghai’s Holiday Inn
This is certainly an option for those who aren’t scared of heights, as the hotel pool at Shanghai’s Holiday Inn is situated on the 24th storey and has a clear-bottom floor so swimmers can see all the way to the ground below. The 30m long pool also is also partly inside the building, so for those who dare not look down, they can still enjoy a luxury swim.
3) Italy’s Palazzo Avino
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is renowned for its exquisite views, offering holidaymakers vistas of mountains cliffs, azure waters and picturesque villages. And you can enjoy these scenes when dipping into the 20m long pool at Palazzo Avino villa hotel. The 12th Century hotel is situated high on a cliff edge and its pool is particularly special as it has windows built into the walls. This means you can take in the view of inky blue waters and Amalfi’s rugged coastline while splashing around underwater.
4 Ways To Exercise In Your Luxury Pool 13th November 2015
A luxury pool is an excellent long-term investment that can add value to your home and provide significant entertainment for your family and friends. Your pool can also form an important part of your exercise regime, so here are four ways you can keep fit and healthy when taking a dip.
- Swimming laps
Swimming laps is a tried and tested way of burning fat and building muscle strength in your luxury pool. As the water supports some of your weight, it’s also great for protecting joints, which can be important for people recovering from injuries or the elderly.
- Water aerobics
If swimming laps doesn’t appeal, water aerobics can be a more interesting way to improve cardio. You perform a range of exercises, often to music and with special buoyant weights, at the shallow end of the pool. Aerobics is usually more fun in a group, so encourage friends or relatives to join in.
- Water polo
Many people find sports are the best way to stay fit. For water polo, you’ll need a ball and a floating net, and the aim of the game is to throw the ball past a goalkeeper and into the net more times than the opposing team. Official games have 14 players, but you can play with just five.
- Water volleyball
Continuing the sports theme, water volleyball is almost the same as regular volleyball and can be played with just two people, unlike water polo. You’ll require a buoyant ball, floating volleyball net and ideally an umpire to make the call on any contentious decisions.
Choosing The Depth Of Your Luxury Indoor Swimming Pool 11th November 2015
When working out the design of your luxury indoor swimming pool, there’s one key consideration you need to decide upon really before you do anything else – and that’s deciding just how deep the pool should be.
There’s no set depth that your pool needs to be and what it really boils down to is personal preference and what you intend to use your pool for.
If, for example, you’re building a play area for your children you should perhaps make sure that it’s three feet or less so that they can play and splash around, and practice their swimming skills, while still able to stay safe.
Alternatively, if you plan to do a lot of swimming yourself, your pool should be at least three and a half feet deep, although there are other options if you’re a seriously keen swimmer such as a lap pool which may be more appropriate for you.
Should you decide you want your pool to serve as a sports area for games like water polo or volleyball, you need to ensure that the water is at the right depth so that people can stand up and swim, so between three and a half and four feet would be ideal.
And if you think people will be doing a lot of diving, either from the poolside or a diving board, make sure the water is at least nine feet deep to make it safe. Scroll down our blog to read our post about whether or not you should have a diving board at all, however, since many accidents occur through homeowners adding a board.
The Benefits Of Installing Your Own Luxury Swimming Pool 3rd November 2015
Here’s why you should be contemplating luxury swimming pool design at the moment. There are many reasons for installing your own pool – but here are a few main ones that should help you make up your mind.
Swimming pools are absolutely fantastic for extending the amount of living space you have at your disposal. It’s easy to make your home feel bigger by adding patios, decks and outdoor cooking spaces next to your pool so if you do feel as though your home is lacking something, a swimming pool could well be the answer.
Another key point to bear in mind when considering having your own pool is that it can really change your life. If you’re keen to make a few healthier changes this coming year, having a new swimming pool could really help with your motivation. Going to the gym can often by tricky but if you have the facilities to keep fit at home, you’re sure to spend more time exercising.
Another reason to invest in a new swimming pool is to allow you and your family to spend more quality time together. Friends and family are sure to want to come and visit regularly so they can splash about in your pool, so you’ll make so many wonderful new memories as soon as the pool is installed.
And don’t forget about all the different parties you can throw once you’ve got your pool. Pool parties and barbecues are so much fun – so expect everyone to be asking you to throw them again and again.
Plans Revealed For Underground House With Luxury Swimming Pool 12th October 2015
Designs for a unique house built entirely underground with grand features and a luxury indoor swimming pool have been revealed
The property – known as Perdu – is to be located in Bowden, Manchester, and will be worth £2.4 million when it is complete.
NC Homes-Architects and Huntsmere have released the designs of the three-bedroom circular abode, which also includes a deluxe kitchen, gym, spacious living area, and water slide into the pool.
Natural light is let in via a passage in the centre of the property, giving the home an airy atmosphere despite being built underground.
A spokesperson for NC Homes-Architects said: “Set in the grounds of 19th Century Limehurst in Bowdon, this proposed three-bed dwelling makes an extraordinary statement without the visual impact of an ordinary house.”
By building underground, the architects claimed they would avoid harming the “well-landscaped character of the Devisdale Conservation Area”.
The unique property is also environmentally friendly, as it has a constant temperature unaffected by the changes in weather above. It also reduces the amount of green space lost by being built below the ground.
Perdu could go on to receive several awards when complete, with NC Homes-Architects being no stranger to accolades for its impressive designs. These include several What House and Northern Design awards for its Armstrong Farm, Edge House, Oakdene, Ravenswood and Westfield projects.
This is not the only luxury hidden home to hit the news lately, as Robert Vicino is converting a military bunker in Germany from the Cold War into a £720 million luxury underground property, according to GQ Magazine.
The fortress is being created by The Vivos Group, the company Vicino founded. It is designed to withstand any natural or military destruction, and will be the ultimate luxury hideaway, featuring a huge swimming pool, several gyms, restaurants and even an on-site zoo.