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Get a sneak peek at this season’s latest pool and backyard trends.

There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in your own pool to help you handle those scorching summer months in Tampa Bay, but those standard cookie-cutter pools are a thing of the past. More imaginative residential pool design is on the rise, with more homeowners looking to take their pool to the next level in both structure and decor. We caught up with Bart O’Connell with Landmark Pools about the biggest 2017 trends to watch popping up in your neighborhood.

Trend #1: Endless Water

Have you ever seen a pool’s water look flat like a sheet of glass? This look is achieved with a perimeter overflow. This modern style features water overflowing at the edges into a hidden slot or catch basin where it is then recycled back into the pool. “We are not only doing spas as full perimeter overflow, but also some entire pools,

which makes the water look as though it is at the deck level,” O’Connell explains.

Trend #2: In-Water Sitting

With that fancy new pool, you need a few new pieces to take in your stunning view. O’Connell recommends taking it all in while sitting in Ledge Lounger chaise loungers. Contoured to encourage serene sunbathing, Ledge Lounger allows you to take in the sun’s rays while soaking in the water at the same time. Made with strong, long-lasting UV-resistant material, this in-water furniture is designed to work perfectly within the depth of your tanning ledge or Baja shelf, so you can relax in water, in style. “These have been around for a few years, but definitely growing in popularity,” O’Connell says.

Trend #3: Structured Add-Ons

The next step to completing the perfect outdoor oasis is adding texture and visual points of interest around your space. One way to achieve that is through decking, décor and functional construction. “Pergolas are a popular architectural add-on for pool decks,” O’Connell suggests. Pergolas offer some shading from the Florida rays while keeping your yard posh yet classic. You can purchase pergolas already assembled in a wide variety of materials and finishes, or custom design your own.

For more information visit: Landmark Pools, 13253 Byrd Drive, Odessa | 813-792-1331 |

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