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In a new article, Chris Volk tackles the question, “How do some pool owners achieve that ultimate value—the luxury pool effect—while others don’t?” Join Chris at TheWaterSpace.com in investigating the swimming pool luxury effect that “adds value to your home and value to the way you experience your home.” If you’re thinking about a new pool, or upgrading an existing pool, learn more about these five critical steps you and your pool builder must follow.
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In a new article at The WaterSpace blog, Chris Volk asks, “Who needs Unity?” When it comes to planning for your new pool or spa, Chris argues everyone needs Unity. It’s all about connecting the dots in the space your pool, or hot tub occupies to your home, garden, patio, or deck. “Whatever you budget, when you make the connections, you get more satisfaction from your investment and a lot more pleasure every time you enter your space.”
If you’re considering a pool for the family to get more exercise, you’ll want to read Chris Volk’s “Designs for Movement” article on TheWaterSpace blog. “A lap lane is like a path in water,” Chris writes. Even a simple line along the length of the pool’s bottom “helps us get physical,” he says.
Even if swimming isn’t a priority, you’ll learn how important it is to design a pool environment that creates “paths and patterns in our minds.” Unless you’re a Landscape architect or professional designer, you may not be consciously aware of architectural movement, but “you’ll sense its presence, and you’ll likely find yourself getting bored if a design lacks movement.”
In his second article on designing for emphasis at TheWaterSpace blog, Chris Volk writes about creating an outdoor space for entertaining centered around a pool and spa area. There’s room for large events and a quiet place away from the crowd. There’s room for tents on the lawn and tables on the patio. There’s a swim-up bar and a landside table by the outdoor kitchen for smaller pool parties. And when you’re ready to simply relax, there’s an infinity-edge spa at the far end of the pool. Read about here it in “Setting the Stage for Outdoor Entertaining.”
Most of us are familiar with how professional staging can lift a property’s value. In his latest WaterSpace.com blog article, Chris Volk shows how the secret to successful staging is really a matter of emphasis. It’s a secret, he demonstrates, that works equally well when extending your home to include your outdoor environment.
If you’ve been following Chris Volk’s latest series on The WaterSpace Blog, you know that balance is the first principle of good design—the one that creates the order we need to feel comfortable. In this new article, Chris shows how, when too much uniformity gets boring, you can use contrast to liven up your pool area.
“Wherever you add an unexpected change in color, or shape, size, or texture, you’ve got contrast,” Chris writes.
You need visual balance to feel completely comfortable in your pool area. In “How to Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design,” Chris Volk explains why: “Just as we can’t stand erect without balance, humans can’t stand an environment lacking a sense of balance” Balance is one of those unnoticed senses we don’t think about until it’s missing. Don’t wait until it’s too late to recover.
In his latest blog article at TheWaterSpace, Chris Volk sets out to help you make the right choices every time when planning your new pool and the space it will occupy in your outdoor living area. Read the first of the new series of articles on designing with water and space.
If you’ve ever wondered about the lovely classical buildings sitting above the river as you drive by on the Schuylkill Expressway, you owe it to yourself to learn the story. Join Chris Volk here at TheWaterSpace blog, as he dives into the technology and designs that brought fame and wonder to a place for pumping water. Beyond the amazing history, you’ll see how these classic design principles apply to today’s WaterSpaces.Read Article