With Summertime in full swing, so is all the best in outdoor living that Cayman has to offer, from barbecues and dinner parties to stargazing and sea breezes. And as homeowners increasingly view their outdoor space as an extension of the interior and place of gathering, the pool area has expanded beyond the realm of swimming and sunbathing into a sophisticated focal point for the home.
James Bovell is co-owner and managing broker at RE/MAX Cayman Islands. He describes how the swimming area has evolved into a key feature for one’s property.
“The pool is integrated. It’s not an afterthought. When people look at their house, they’re going to spend a lot of time on the interior design, but they absolutely do spend as much focus and energy to that exterior, whether it’s the landscaping, walling, elevation changes to the site. How it ties to the pool, how it cascades, how it moves.”
With increasing momentum towards visually stunning designs such as infinity pools, and innovative smart technology that brings added ease and efficiency to maintenance, there are more opportunities than ever to transform one’s outdoor environment into a tranquil sanctuary. In addition, swimming pools can also increase the value of one’s space. Bovell advises considering the long term for one’s property whilst implementing a plan for a pool feature.
“One thing to also keep in mind is to be very careful of some of the selection that they make. Ultimately, everybody has to always consider resell. Just being conscious of that, or knowing why you make that decision.”
Graeme Thomson is the construction, renovation and sales manager at Pool Patrol, an award-winning pool design company located in Grand Cayman. He describes design motifs that have been gaining momentum with their clientele.
“You want to look at surfaces that are appealing to you for texture and colour. We’re doing more coloured pools, all-tile pools. They’re quite nice. They’re going to last the longest.” Thomson also lists floating planters and fire bowls as elements that homeowners are gravitating towards — all dynamic features that can elevate one’s pool into a luxurious lagoon.
Caribbean flora and fauna are also perfect for creating a tropical backyard oasis.
Thomson advises consulting with one’s designer or landscape architect to choose foliage that would best integrate with one’s outdoor infrastructure. Or, consider weaving together botanical accents with other design elements, such as bridges and waterfalls.
Whether for fitness or leisure, creating a thoughtful pool environment can bring great enjoyment for years to come. Says Thomson, “If you work with some fire and water features, or work with your landscape architect and get some nice palm trees, then you get beautiful reflections on the surface of the water. It’s not just about swimming; it’s about just enjoying the water, from in it and outside it.”
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Author: By Jessie Gilmartin