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Must Have Swimming Pool Design Elements

Must Have Swimming Pool Design Elements, LCT Team - Parks, Photo by Reed Brown

Living in the South, Swimming pools are a popular home feature, especially during the pandemic, and LCT Team – Parks home experts share must have swimming pool design elements.

Trace Construction, LCT Team - Parks (Photo by Reed Brown)

This Trace Construction home, sold by the LCT Team – Parks’ Lisa Culp Taylor, features an incredible outdoor living area and pool. (Photo by Reed Brown)

Swimming Pool Design Elements – Our Favorites

As Middle Tennessee Realtors, the LCT Team – Parks know a good pool when they see one as they help buy and sell homes. In fact, two team Realtors, Megan Jones Campbell and Marabeth Poole, are the midst of creating their own backyard oasis and share their insight as well.

How Deep?

When building a pool, definitely take into consideration how you are going to use it from swimming laps to water sports. For Megan, she knew she wanted to get the most use out of her pool and didn’t want people to congregate only in the shallow end.

“We made our deepest section six feet so everyone could spread out and enjoy it. Adults and my three kids can still jump in because it is deep enough,” Megan said.

Planning for a lot of activities? It is recommended a minimum depth of three feet and a maximum depth of five to six feet.

We are going with three feet in the shallow and five feet in the deep end says Marabeth. “We just want to hang out and cool off. We’re also incorporating an infinity edge, tanning ledge, swim up bar on the end of the pool and a hot tub which I think my son will like the most.”

Tanning Ledge

Tanning ledges are some what new in the past decade for pool design. Typically enjoyed at a nice hotel, residential pools are now incorporating this fun element which Realtor Lisa Culp Taylor says is great option!

Trace Construction, LCT Team - Parks, photo by Reed Brown

This beautiful Trace Construction home was very popular inside and out with people loving the tanning ledge and pool! LCT Team – Parks Realtor Lisa Culp Taylor had it sold this year within a day. (Photo by Reed Brown)

Megan also added one to her pool. “I wasn’t going to go without my tanning ledge. I did a 10×10 which is plenty big for two chairs and table which I got at Graham’s Outdoor Living in Cool Springs,” she said.

Realtor Meredith Zeller also loves a tanning ledge but also appreciates a zero entry as well. ”I love a pool that has not only the tanning ledge, but a section with zero entry. It makes a great place for little kids to be able to easily access the pool and play where it is shallow safely,” says the mother of two.

Trace Construction, LCT Team - Parks, Photo by Jay Winter

This Trace Construction pool, multiple water features including a tanning ledge, was sold by LCT Team – Parks Realtor Lisa Culp Taylor in 2020.

Water Features

The sound of flowing water and the waves lapping in the ocean is not something we have a lot of in Middle Tennessee which is why we have to make our own! This is one reason why water features are so popular with swimming pools.

“Water spouts or water falls really add a lovely visual and sound element to a pool,” Lisa said. “It’s definitely relaxing.”

Swimming Pool, LCT Team - Parks, photo by Reed Brown

With an incredible view, the LCT Team – Parks listing also features an incredible pool, fun water spouts and a hot tub. (Photo by Reed Brown)

Poolside Fire Elements

Mixing a fire element with pool design creates a very interesting setting for a backyard and can extend the hours of your enjoyment.

Marabeth is adding two fire bowls on each side of her pool’s infinity edge. “I love fire and water. I think aesthetically it looks beautiful, sets a good mood and is very relaxing.”

Marabeth Poole Rendering, Rondo Pools

(Rendering for Marabeth Poole family generated by Rondo Pools.)

Trace Construction, Pool Fire Elements, LCT Team - Parks, Photo by Reed Brown

This Brentwood home in Cartwright Close has multiple fire elements around the pool including a two-sided fireplace. (Photo by Reed Brown)

Safety First

We’ve shared all our design must-haves but pool security is a top priority. Be sure the pool is fenced at least four feet high to prevent children from jumping or falling in and has a good latch. Consider a safety cover or alarm which will go off when someone enters the pool as recommended by the American Red Cross.(Click here for more tips.) Be sure if you have children everyone can swim. Finally, be sure and check in with your insurance company for any adjustments to your home owner’s insurance.

Megan Jones Campbell, LCT Team - Parks

With a spacious backyard, Megan Jones Campbell also made sure to have a secure fence surrounding her new pool enjoyed by her kids almost daily!

Looking For Your Own Pool And New Home?

Middle Tennessee has over twenty pool companies listed but you will definitely want to get referrals from a friend or trusted home expert. Here’s a great list of pool designs from The Spruce to inspire you.

If you are thinking of selling or buying and want a home with a pool, contact the LCT Team – Parks. Consistently earning top real estate team for Parks Realty and 2021 Wall Street Journal RealTrends #2 in Tennessee for Medium Team – Volume, the LCT Team – Parks is known for commitment, professionalism and attention-to-detail as they go above and beyond to help their buying & selling clients with an expansive real estate network and proven sales and marketing formula. Contact them today at 615-595-5883. Check them out on Instagram, Facebook and subscribe to the real estate and community news today here.

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