The Joneses

So you see your neighbors enjoying their new swimming pool with friends and family; they're talkin' it up, serving drinks and grilling burgers you can smell standing in your green wasteland of a backyard. But before you let envy flood your mind, and are transported into a shouting match with God, let's take a look at your options. All you need is your own leisure pool so you can keep up with the neighbors and host as many parties as you want. And it's not as far-fetched as you might think. Among the major backyard pools, you have concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. Out of those three, fiberglass will end up being your least expensive option because of a low use of electricity and absolutely no renovation necessary. Concrete pools need to be re-plastered every 5 to 7 years and a vinyl pool needs a new liner every 7 to 9 years. There are plenty of different styles that you can choose from for your leisure pool as well and I'll go over a few in this article.

Riviera Style Pools

These are the type of leisure pools you might see in L.A. home or on a Hollywood set. They have a curvy oval shape that inspires creativity when it comes to other design elements in your backyard. You'll have a graceful entryway into the pool with stairs at the shallow end. You'll also find a pool bench where small kids can play in as well as a deep water bench. This contemporary style pool is great to show off to guests if planning a summer party.

Tuscany Style Pools

Tuscany leisure pools are small and kidney shaped and can generally fit in most backyards. If you have a small backyard and don't have the room for some of the larger styles, a Tuscany pool is the one you want. You'll usually find these tucked in between rock gardens giving it a truly rustic appearance. Surrounding these with a bit of greenery will make your yard appear like the Garden of Eden. And with strategically placed plants, you could achieve absolute privacy so you can relax without any spectators.

Roman Style Pools

These leisure pools are long and slender with an entryway at one end and a spa section at the other. They're simple in appearance, yet practical if you have a slender backyard with not too much available space. This style is suited moreso for adults than children. It's basically what you'd see in a stylish bachelor pad than a family's house.

leisure poolCredit: Graham Briggs

Moroccan Style Pools

These pools are square with three entry points for easy access. They're very simple in design, just rectangular with an indent in the center. They've been around for ages and can be seen all around. The actual leisure pool is manufactured in a factory, then it is driven to your backyard for a nice tight seal. It's a spacious pool with plenty of room to swim, great for big families and kids parties. If you like 90 degree angles and a little twist of the standard run-of-the-mill rectangular shaped pools, then go with these.

Great Stress Reliever

Installing leisure pools in your backyard will make your house the place to go for parties. Whether you're hosting a Hawaiian party, celebrating the 4th, or grilling steaks on memorial day, your event will have an extra appeal to it with a nice glistening pool sitting in your yard. Also, you can use it to take a load off if you've had a rough day at work. Nothing like a relaxing dip in the pool to get your mind off of the hustle and bustle of daily life. So instead of looking on in envy to your neighbors, how 'bout stepping up to the plate and ordering one of these for yourself? Again, there are more styles of pools to be found, these are just a few of the more popular ones.

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