Swimming has been a long time American pastime. Part of the reason is accessibility. Whether you live near a lake, a river or an ocean, like us here in the Long Branch, Jersey Shore area, a refreshing body of water is often readily available. And then there is the swimming pool- the oasis of the backyard. For decades there were two options: an above ground pool or an in-ground pool, but so much has changed since then. Hi I’m Michele Irizarry CEO and Broker of Shore Prime Properties. Over the past decades we have seen so many houses with many different styles of pools. Today over 10 million American homes reportedly have swimming pools plus more than ever the options seem limitless. But how can you determine what type of pool would work best for your yard? If you aren’t already please be sure to like and follow Shore Prime Properties on LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube, where we post weekly content for home buyers and home sellers. We discuss so many topics- the home selling process, DIY tips and design trends. Today we will discover enticing new options in the swimming pool landscape.
Stock tank pool: Let’s start with perhaps the coziest pool out there- the stock tank. These pools which were hot options the past few summers are also known as country pools since they were originally used for feeding livestock. As it turns out they make for convenient pools as well. They’re super easy to add to your yard and maintain and they only cost upward of a few hundred dollars. They can allow you to spend a little more on a pump if you want to make it cleaning effortless but keep in mind that they are usually made of metal which means that they will absorb the sun’s summer rays. Try to ensure that they’re placed in a shady area.
Mod pool: Also in the realm of repurposing are mod pools. Made of up-cycled shipping containers these pools boast customization. They can be made for above ground or in-ground layouts and they are made specifically for the size of your backyard so they can often be used the same day that they are installed. And because they are literally modular pools you can bring yours with you if you move. Your mod pool can include smart controls so that you can remotely adjust things like the water temperature. For setup you’ll need to do some preparation such as prepping your yard’s landscape for delivery and setting up the electrical and gas connections.
Salt water pool: Love the feel of the ocean but not the traffic you have to fight through to get there? You can bring the experience to you with a salt water pool. This trendy option which uses a converter to turn salt into a less harsh form of chlorine can be a part of a new pool or you can convert your existing chlorinated pool to salt water but the experience won’t be exactly like traditional salt water and that’s a good thing as the strong salty smell taste and feeling aren’t present. In fact many consider the water to feel cleaner than traditional pool water. Such pools require a fair amount of maintenance upkeep costs and space for your salt supply. Also because salt is naturally corrosive you need to be cautious with it if your pool or its accessories contain metal.
Finally another popular pool option is infinity pools. These ultra sleek oases can often be found as hotel amenities but they can also be added to private residences that have a yard with different elevations boasting a seemingly edgeless pool that gives the illusion of disappearing hence the name. This type provides an extra sense of tranquility, style and luxury. Above all know that they do have an edge where the water disappears. The water merely flows over a clear coping free end. Also infinity pools tend to be pricey costing around 80 thousand dollars on average- although the prices do vary by size and location. Whether you opt for a tried and true standard like an above ground pool or dip your toe in the water with one of these more recent versions having a pool in your yard is sure to add comfort and foster memories for years to come.
Whether you are considering a pool or other features to boost your home’s landscape you can always reach out to us here at Shore Prime Properties. We have helped direct so many home sellers to additions that have added value onto their properties. I’m Michele Irizarry selling prime real estate at the Jersey Shore.