Wimbledon, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 15, 2008 -- For long the preserve of the wealthy and those with plenty of sunny days the swimming pool is starting to become the must have luxury for new garden owners. Fisher Tomlin, designers of luxury gardens across Europe and the Caribbean are seeing a strong growth in demand for pools.
Founding Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said "We've been designing pools into our overseas projects for many years but we have started to see a new demand for swimming pools in less traditional regions such as the UK and Scandinavia". Environmentalists should also be pleased. " The majority of our clients are opting for natural pools that use minimal or no chemicals and can have a very positive impact on wildlife values."
And its not just traditional swimming pools that are in demand. "We are getting a lot of requests for professional style lap pools for the serious swimmer and where there's little space counter-current pools are definitely a serious choice" says Fisher Tomlin design director Dan Bowyer. "Even where there is limited space its still possible to have some form of water and plunge pools and spas are a growing trend in city gardens."
This new fashion for pools is partly a result of warmer temperatures as climate change allows a longer period of use but it's also a function of experience. "Many of our clients have experienced the luxury spa style on their travels and want to bring a little of that back home." says Bowyer.
In a recent article for the UK editions of Homes & Gardens Dan Bowyer gave some top tips for installing a pool.
1. Choose the right colour Don't automatically opt for bright blue and consider a colour that will add a new dimension to the garden. Dark tiles can give great reflections, particularly from lighting at nighttime.
2. Consider an infinity pool Infinity pools work best where there is a good level change that opens up onto a distant view. Many of the pools we design have a great coastal view and lend themselves naturally to an infinity pool.
3. Lap pools can be great investments Lap pools are a good investment for serious swimmers and look great in a contemporary space where they can double up as sleek reflective strips of water. If you have limited space consider a counter-current pool - great for city bachelor pads or roof gardens! over!
4. Plant appropriately As with any garden plants integrate the elements and this is especially true for a pool. Plants need to take some reference from the garden's location as well as the pool.
Wherever you live a swimming pool is a great investment that will give years of enjoyment for the whole family.