Pool Party There’s no better way to spend a warm summer day than by the pool.


AA Kimball

Published in the April 2016 issue of STYLE. 

Where warm weather lands, swimming pools inevitably follow. It’s science. After all, there’s no better way to spend a warm summer day than by the pool.

This natural-looking pool at a home in Anne Arundel County was designed by Pete Mansen of Catalina Pool Builders. The waterfalls reflect a growing trend in backyard pools these days.

“Most people are drawn to a freeform type of pool, more natural-looking,” says Mansen.

Pools are a great addition to any backyard for different types of families. Older couples can enjoy the ability to swim and stay active. Families with children can see up close—or through the window—what their busy kids are up to. And those who don’t want to have to leave their own home for a vacation can cannonball into a cool new underwater world.

Gone are the days of a simple rectangle filled with water in the yard. Now, pools are designed around the goals and desires of each family. Along with waterfalls, there are numerous ways to spice up a pool: jump rocks (two-feet-high rocks for leaping into the pool), colored pool bottoms and underwater lights, for instance.

“The pool should be enjoyable whether you’re in or out of the pool,” says Mansen. “It’s like a different room.”

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