Being in the Northern hemisphere around this time can kind of suck if you are not the biggest fan of cold weather.
Yes, the simple joys of the holiday season are sure to brighten the months but, most of you would like to be on the beach somewhere, with a drink in hand, reading cool things about engineering, and enjoying a nice swim.
Swimming pools are the perfect staple of the warm summer months. In the right swimming pool, you can relax, play, and even workout. Even more so the rightly designed swimming pool can put you at ease and whisk you away to complete bliss.
More and more architects and designers are eager to add pools to homes, yet these pools are nothing like the ones you find at your recreational center.
To take your mind off of the perils of snow and ice and prepare you for the upcoming summer, with this list of home pools that are sure to get you wishing the swimming season was all year.
The History Behind Pools
Believe it or not, swimming pools have a very rich history. Humans love swimming and for those who are nowhere near a beach the swimming pool is the perfect convenient recreation activity.
Going as far back as 2600 B.C.E, baths were used as part of religious ceremonies and events. While by the first century BC, pools were used by the Roman and Greek public on a daily basis.
Fast forward to the 20th century and it wasn't until the rise of the middle class that the creation of the modern above ground pool was even considered to be a part of the average person’s life. Here are some pools that are sure to make the Romans jealous.
Now, if you have always wanted the perfect getaway in the Sicilian paradise, this might be your place.
The simple lap pool designed by Patrizia Sbalchiero in the Sicilian town of Chiaramonte Gulfi is surrounded by the serene beauty that the Sicilian countryside is known for around the world. While you take a swim in the lap pool you will see the vineyards, groves of olive trees and wildflowers.
Sticking to Italian splendor, this villa will have you ready to move out of your apartment and head south for the winter.
Though the pool is also very minimal, the immaculately landscaped gardens make the long swim absolutely worth it. Framed in the locally found pietra serena stone, the family estate holds is the old charm and remains a huge highlight of the area.
Secluded in the Ocean
Now, what’s better than having a private island? How about creating a home with a sleek pool overlooking the spectacular vastness of the ocean.
As Jill and David Gilmour’s house, the private island in Fiji features the Mediterranean inspired home with an infinity-edge lap pool tiles with mosaics by Bisazza, chaise longues, and carved marble.
The Brazilian Oasis
Like something out of a lost paradise, this 1975 pool and home still hold tremendous modern appeal today.
Surrounded by lush gardens perfect for royalty, the roof, stairs, and even the pool are all made of concrete. The arched building itself is covered with large windows to enjoy the warmth of the sun before jumping in the pool.
A Pool in the Sky
If you are looking for a pool in the sky, this might be your spot. As part of a luxuriously furnished triplex in Beirut, Lebanon, this place offers you a swim with a spectacular view of the Chouf Mountains.
Designed by the architect Bernard Khoury for a wealthy family, the complex also hosts a series of luxury amenities.
The Perfect Getaway
The perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life can sometimes be found in your home.
Designed by the talented designer Marc Meiré, the Japanese and Italian inspired home features a zen garden that is perfect for some rest and relaxation.
The pool itself is lined with Italian imported tiles, while the bench and decking are made of black stained teak and includes a tree imported straight from Japan.
Like something out of the 18th century, this home captures the beauty and complex history of France.
The picturesque pool, arched doorways, and white finishes were brought into fruition by French interior designer Frédéric Méchiche.
The pool itself looks as if you are diving into a massive emerald oasis.
Who says the Hamptons have to be pretentious?
This Damon Liss designed home resembles that of a modern barn as its pool is perched above ground with its grass-covered landscaping.
The pool itself is covered with tons of chairs perfect for guests as well as its own mini lounge and pool house. Just in the background of the residence, when you get tired of the pool, you can go swimming in the ocean.
Take a farmhouse and add all the charm you admire from Italy and this is what you will find.
Designed by Eric Egan the designer renovated a 17-century farmhouse on the border of Italy’s Tuscany and Umbria regions and turned it into a pool home with a spectacular view of the natural beauty of the region.
Pool. Pools. Pools.
Sure the pools on here well designed but extravagant. However, there are some pools that money can’t buy, like the classic large based tin filled with hose water. Nevertheless, all of these pools point to the desire and need to be somewhere warm during this cold winter.