Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri says a designer pool can fit almost any budget if you consider these 5 factors:
1.Depth of Water:
When designing for a pool, you need to consider the depth of the water. Shallow water is transparent and deep water is much more opaque. This is an important consideration if you want to add a decorative element on the pool floor such as a mosaic medallion.
2. Sight Lines:
Sight lines are also critical so think about vantage points with your pool. From where in the garden or in the house will you be able to see the pool? Will it be viewed from the same plane or from above?
This is where perspective, scale, color and complexity of design play a big role. Any architecture near the pool should be considered as well, such as a pool house, raised decks or a changing cabana. Space planning also is important when designing a pool. Think about where you want to place your pool furniture. Know the size and space requirements of your pool furniture and make sure these spaces are part of the overall design.
Pools are also wonderful areas to combine materials but if price is a consideration, there are certain cost savings options to consider. For the pool bottom, a quartz finish is more affordable than a pebble bottom finish.The price difference for a pool pebble finish can be a $2000-$25000 upgrade on the average size pool. If you opt for a lagoon-style pool, then you will want to go with a pebble finish because it creates a darker bottom for the more obscure water look of a lagoon. Stone decorative elements and accents also add to the budget of a lagoon pool. Typically, a lagoon-style pool will have a rock waterfall or feature and stone accents around the pool edge.
An Italian style pool can be a more affordable style. The quartz finish complements Mediterranean features such as clay pots as pool fountains, travertine tile and a pergola.
Glass mosaic tiles with hint of gold glass or mother of pearl capture the light in a beautiful way and add a textural richness to a pool mosaic.
4. Pool Lighting:
5. Pool Water & Fire Features:
Fire features, whether they are fire pits, fire tables or full-blown fire places in a variety of fuels are very popular. Look for opportunities to create social spaces with chat tables or fire features as an alternative to sitting around a grill.