World’s Most Beautiful Luxury Pools
By Elli Davis, June 6, 2012
Summer is right around the corner, which can only mean that more and more of our daydreams revolve around swimming and relaxing in a pool. Once again, we are very lucky. Toronto offers amazing opportunities for enjoying the water outside of your home. A pool is one of the greatest and most appreciated additions to any house and no luxury real estate property is quite as stunning without one, whether it is inside, outside, or even both.
Swimming Pool in Toronto by Robert Pam
Where Did Pools Come From?
Swimming is one of the oldest pastimes in the world, with its beginnings going back as far as 2,500 BC. The people of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome were well aware of the fun and relaxation it can bring. The very first pools were actually invented by the Romans in the first century BC, but they only became popular many centuries later.
For a long time, fear of infections prevented many Europeans from building swimming pools. The situation changed radically in the 19th century, however, and the first European swimming organization was formed in London in 1837. The British capital had six pools by that time, but that did not bring immediate success. The real popularity of pools came after the first modern Olympic games in 1896.
Nowadays, pools are everywhere. A wide variety of manufactured swimming pools are available and unsurprisingly, about 60 per cent of today's pools are built of concrete. Vinyl-lined pools make up for about 33 per cent of all the pools and the remaining 7 per cent are made of fibreglass. If you do not have one at home, there are many public pools in Toronto, but you must share the space with many other people and can only use them when the pools are open. Having your personal swimming pool does make a difference, and those who do have their own certainly understand what I am talking about. Going for a quick swim (in an empty pool) right after you wake up or shortly before you go to bed is fantastic, but you will never get to experience that in a public place.
There is a difference between a regular pool and a luxury pool. While it is difficult to give a precise definition, the purpose of luxury pools is to provide more than just a place to swim. The design (unique shapes), tiles in the pool (marble or glass), temperature control, and the placement of the pool (ideally indoors) all contribute to creating a luxury pool. Would you like to get one? There are many vendors in Toronto that specialize in luxury pools. Here is just a little selection.
Who Will Build Your Pool in Toronto?
711 Kipling Ave, Toronto
As a member of the Master Pools Guild, the largest international network of elite custom pool builders, fine pools are something Gib-San Pools can be proud of. Hard work and the highest quality materials are what makes these pools so special, as hundreds of satisfied customers can tell you.
5688 Main Street, Stouffville, Ontario
If “quality, craftsmanship, and creativity” are what you are looking for, you may want to consider trying the services of Betz. From pool design through to construction, landscaping, and lighting, this company will help you with everything to create a little piece of paradise in your backyard. Betz can create the luxury pool of your dreams — no shape or size is a problem. Just use your imagination. As their website claims, nobody has created more “prestigious pools and spas” for the citizens of Ontario than Betz, and 70 years of experience with pool building certainly speak for themselves.
For pools to be as beautiful and as long-lasting as possible, Betz prefers the patented Dry Gunite concrete process (mixing dry cement and water at the exact point of application to the pool interior) to create pools. While this process is not the cheapest, it is money well spent if it increases the quality of your pool, and it does. Obviously, customer satisfaction is what matters most, but Betz has achieved a lot more than that. The company has earned more prestigious national and international awards than any other Canadian pool builder. If that is not a guarantee of quality, I have no idea what is. “Betz is the name you can trust for quality. Guaranteed.”
604 Edward Ave #17, Richmond Hill
Neil Pike Limited will design and construct your pool and they will do everything so that its “shapes, waterfalls, sheer-descent water features, lighting, and deck jets” can all be incorporated into the design of your custom swimming pool. Every project is unique. All that matters is your taste and your preferences; the luxury pool of your dreams is waiting for you!
2341 Aurora Road, Gormley, Ontario
Do you know about iLandscape? If you are guessing that it is another new, super hot app, you are wrong. iLandscape is a landscape, architecture and design company, the main goal of which is to create “exquisite outdoor living spaces.” iLandscape can also assist you with the whole process of pool creation, from the first ideas to the final touches on your brand new backyard getaway.
Take Care of Your Pool
Once you have your pool, do not forget that everything requires proper care, and along with the immense pleasure it provides, having a swimming pool also brings some responsibilities. To look attractive and function well, a pool needs proper maintenance. Without regular care, you may well damage you pool’s filtration and heating system, and I am positive that is not what you want. If you are handy and do not think you need a professional to look after your pool, I would advise you to read an article offering some useful tips on pool maintenance. Those of you who are too busy may want to use the services of one of the below listed companies, which are eager to help you keep your pool in a perfect condition.
“Your satisfaction is our priority,” claims Swim Clean, a licensed swimming pool service and cleaning company providing flawless services all over the Greater Toronto Area. Be it seasonal pool opening, regular (weekly, bi-weekly) cleaning, or fall pool closing, Swim Clean readily offers their wide range of maintenance services.
A complete check-up of your sick pool is available with Pool Brothers! If you busy but you want your new swimming area to remain flawless, this company will come to help you. For instance, a complete season weekly maintenance package costs about $1930+HST. That is not too expensive — considering what the costs of repair to neglected pools can be!
Toronto Pool Services is a maintenance company making people of the Greater Toronto Area forget that taking care of a pool is a difficult task. From testing water chemistry and vacuuming the pool to a complete clean-up, everything is available to make your life easier. A monthly package is offered for $340+HST, which is a reasonable price, and it sure is money worth spending.