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Beyond the Pool – Best Custom Designed Poolside Accoutrements

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Here in Florida, we are lucky to be able to swim virtually all year round. There are barely any days when the temps dip enough to discourage a nice swim in your beautiful lanai pool. Even if its genuinely cold, a good soak in the hot tub is always an option. If your remodel includes an update to the pool area or you’re building a new Florida home, luxury pool designers have come up with lots of new ideas for the best custom designed poolside accoutrements to add that extra touch to your swimming fun, rest and relaxation.

Modern pool with aqua tiles.

Pools themselves can offer much more than simply a place to jump in. Designers nowadays are able to incorporate countless additions like gorgeous waterfalls, rock formations and wading areas, as well as fountains, in-pool hot tubs and sultry lighting for nighttime swims. As you’re building or renovating your pool, keep in mind to use quality pool surface materials like Diamond Brite, River Rock or Florida Gem, as recommended by Cape Coral pool designers Palazzo Pool & Spa. Consider tile work and mosaics in and around your pool for an exquisite appearance.

For your pool area outdoor shower needs, Cape Cod Shower Kits bring handmade quality to every design, featuring durable tongue and groove cedar that can be stained, painted or left to weather naturally. Handcrafted in Massachusetts on Cape Cod, they are perfectly suited for use in Florida as well. Should you opt out of the shower option, you might want to consider a misting system for an instant refreshing cool down. Ft. Lauderdale-based Misters Unlimited Outdoor Comfort Systems provides a patented system of “flash evaporative” cooling that instantly reduces the local area by at least 15 degrees.

Outdoor kitchen with fryer, grill, hood, and refrigerator.

Outdoor kitchens are a must for proper poolside entertaining. Your kitchen should include a refrigerator, full bar, oversize grill and plenty of cabinetry for storage and ease of food prep. We suggest sleek stainless steel, contemporary Parapan acrylic or faux wood resin as cabinetry options in your outdoor kitchen. Don’t forget audio and video installation for entertainment needs. Think about it, you could be enjoying the big game from the comfort of your hot tub, with a freshly prepared poolside dinner!

Naples is clearly a hot spot for pool life, given our year-round tropical climate. Among the fine pool design companies available here, there is at least one that went ahead and put their work on TV: Award-winning pool installation company Lucas Lagoons, helmed by Lucas Congdon. Their Animal Planet show called Insane Pools showcases their creations. In one episode, for example, a multi-generational family living in a bird sanctuary in Osprey, FL envisioned not only a beautiful pool area for themselves, but also a bird pond oasis for their feathered friends. Lucas Lagoons’ creation includes a natural Florida limestone fresh-water pond for the birds juxtaposed with a ModernZEN pool, gas fire pit and an oversize infinity edge custom spa. To complete the custom pool design, Lucas added plenty of outdoor living space including an outdoor dining area, an outdoor kitchen with bar, grill and seating plus a large deck that joins the custom modern pool with the natural Florida pond.

Swim up pool bar and tiki hut.

Another Lucas Lagoons-designed pool features a custom lagoon-style that includes a sloping walk-in beach-entry pool with sunken wading lounge chairs, waterfalls, rock formations, massive fire pit, and yes, full-service swim-up bar.

With the right people to help you, the options are virtually endless when it comes to designing not just your pool, but the whole outdoor experience. Give J. Sweet Construction a call when you’re ready to construct or remodel your outdoor area. With 25 years’ experience, we’ll help guide you to achieve your oasis dreams, with honesty and integrity.

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