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10 Backyard Swimming Pool Ideas Making a Splash This Summer

The summer is here to stay, and with it, the prime time for you to enjoy your swimming pool.

However, it’s easy to focus on maintaining the swimming pool and forget to enjoy it.

With that in mind, we created a list of the best swimming pool ideas for you to adopt so you can transform your backyard into a well-crafted oasis for you and your family to enjoy.  

Here’s a list of swimming pool ideas for you to revamp, update or just add something new to your backyard living space.

Warm Up Your Swimming Pool With Solar Panels

Do you want to enjoy your pool year-round without paying a lot more for your electricity bill? If so, you should think about investing in solar panels.

Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electricity, and you can install them so that the energy produced by the panels directly warms your pool up.

Solar panels are usually simple to install and easy to maintain, and it is a good way to feel comfortable in your pool without worrying about your electricity bill.

If you decide to use solar panels, you can:

  • Become eligible for tax breaks from the federal government,
  • Reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 in your lifetime,
  • And increase the value of your property.

If this swimming pool idea piqued your interest, visit our showrooms for more specialized attention so we can figure out the best way to implement solar panels into your backyard.

Implement a LED Lighting System

Implementing a LED lighting system in your pool is the best way to make your pool safer while bringing your pool party game to the next level.

You can go with the traditional option and add white LED lights throughout your pool, or you can play with the colors and choose different lights and settings.

LED lighting can be more expensive upfront. However, it lasts for years, and you will end up saving on long-term operating costs.

You will also have a greater variety in color, setup, and sizes for your system. From white to pre-programmed light shows, your pool will now be accessible at all hours of the day.

Add a Deck to Your Backyard

If you want to bring your backyard aesthetic to another level, consider investing in a deck. Add a deck to your pool or bridge a pool-level deck to an existing deck or patio.

The deck will be the perfect place for you to lounge and relax or have a poolside barbecue with family and friends. You can choose a more traditional look with a wooden deck, or you can go down the maintenance-free composite material route with vinyl rails.

From repairing an existing deck to constructing the perfect deck for your pool, Van Dorn Pools & Spas can help you create your optimal backyard.

Visit our website to know more about our custom deck installation services.

Have Different Swim Areas in Your Pool

If you want to feel like you’re getting a new pool from your old one, you can choose to implement different swim areas in your pool. Due to advancements in liner technology, pools can now be up to seven feet deep.

You can now have a deeper end of a pool for relaxation and water-based exercise, while the other side is more shallow for lounging.

You can create different swim areas in multiple ways. You can opt for a shallow end and a deeper end, or you can choose to lower the center of the pool.

No matter your preference, upgrading your pool from within will revamp your backyard and make you feel like you have a completely new swimming pool.

Buy a Wireless Floating Pool Speaker

A pool party would not be complete without music. However, you might not want to risk your standard speakers to the pool water, or you don’t want to turn your speakers to the maximum volume just to have some background music.

If that is the case, you might want to invest in a wireless floating pool speaker.

Wireless floating pool speakers are usually waterproof and can offer different volume levels for you and your friends to listen to your favorite songs.

You can connect it to smartphones or tablets to easily change the volume and other functions without touching the speaker.

Add Integral Steps

As a more functional item, integral steps are here to make sure everyone is safe getting in and out of the pool.

Integral steps are built-in step units to the side walls or just above ground pools, just like those used by in-ground pools. Integral steps provide more security and comfort for you and your family while also being easier to maintain.

Get a Pool Heater

Do you want to enjoy your swimming pool year-round, no matter the weather? You might want to invest in a pool heater. Pool heaters can help extend your backyard swim season by several months for you to truly enjoy your swimming pool without discomfort.

Van Dorn Pools & Spas offers Aqua Comfort: a pool heater that utilizes heat pump technology to warm or cool your pool water. Aqua Comfort reduces the amount of energy you would usually use to heat your pool.

You can use Aqua Comfort on above-ground and in-ground pools, and its life expectancy is almost double the life expectancy of a fossil fuel heater. Visit our Pool Accessories page to know more about our Aqua Comfort heater.

Create a Pool/Spa Combo in Your Backyard

Having a combination of a hot tub and swimming pool combo in your backyard would transform all your days into a mini-vacation. On one side, you would have your swimming pool to exercise and have fun with friends and family.

On the other side, you would have your hot tub to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. Or you can combine the two of them in any way you prefer.

Visit our selection of hot tubs to decide which one is the perfect hot tub for your backyard. Van Dorn Pools & Spas offers different types of hot tubs to attend to your different needs. 

Create An Outside Kitchen or Bar

Pool days call for barbecue days, and no one wants to spend their time inside on a sunny day. If you invest in an outside kitchen, you won’t have to worry about going inside and cutting your time outside short for food prep.

From a simple barbecue grill to an actual outside kitchen, you can choose to implement your area to best fit your needs. You and your friends can then enjoy your swimming pool while prepping, cooking, and eating food.

If an outdoor kitchen is not your style, you can switch this idea around and create an outside bar for you and your friends to enjoy. Create an area for you to secure drinks and glasses, and you won’t have to go inside to get a refill on that drink you’ve been enjoying.

Get a Fountain for Your Pool

If you want to add an extra touch of class to your backyard, a fountain or a bubbler could be just what you’re missing. Inground pool fountains can come in different styles, colors, and sizes to cater to exactly what you want.

If you want a more traditional style, you can opt for stone fountains to enhance your backyard features. If you want something more minimalist, you can choose powerful jets to bring your pool to life. Whatever your desire is, you will be able to find a fountain that matches what you’re looking for.

10 Backyard Swimming Pool Ideas Recap…

Here is the recap of the 10 top backyard swimming pool ideas for you to revamp your swimming pool and backyard this summer:

  1. Warm your pool up with solar panels
  2. Implement a LED lighting system throughout your swimming pool
  3. Add a deck to your backyard
  4. Have different swim areas in your pool
  5. Buy a wireless floating pool speaker for fun pool parties
  6. Add integral steps for extra security and comfort
  7. Get a pool heater to enjoy your swimming pool at any time of year
  8. Create a hot tub and swimming pool combination in your backyard
  9. Create an area for an outside kitchen or bar
  10. Get a fountain to add some style to your swimming pool

Swimming Pool Service at Van Dorn Pools & Spas

With Van Dorn Pools & Spas you can transform your background into your favorite getaway place. Our dedicated and knowledgeable agents will help you understand the process of buying, owning, and maintaining a pool.

From selecting the perfect pool for your space to understanding the installation and upkeep process, you will have our trusted agents by your side.

Looking for more information? Check out our FAQ page for answers to the most common questions about swimming pools. You can also visit us in one of our three locations or request professional service for your needs.

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