After spending three dark months shivering, I think I’m just about ready to bask in the sun and waste away my afternoons swimming. While fairly common in Europe (such trend setters), these pools are just starting to catch on in the U.S., and it’s a good thing too, because my hair is tired of the chlorine.
When I think of “natural pools,” I essentially picture a pond; mud, slime and critters. Good news, it’s nothing like that. The pool has two areas, one for swimming and one for the plants. It could be made with clay (if that tickles your fancy), but concrete is also an option.
Natural pools benefit you, the environment and your wallet. Apparently they’re easy to construct yourself, and you can click here for instructions. Compared to the tens of thousands of dollars you could spend on a conventional pool, a do-it-yourself all natural pool costs around $2,000. They only need to be filled once (with some topping off to maintain water levels), don’t require extensive pumps or a mass of manufactured materials; they’re low maintenance, warm faster (naturally by the sun) and have no chemical additives. That’s right! The water is pure thanks to the cleansing power of plants, so no need to worry about harsh effects for your eyes, skin and hair.
While natural pools add to the landscape aesthetics, it also creates a complex ecosystem. The shallow plant area acts as a habitat for some critters. Good critters, I should say, and frogs being the best because they eat all the mosquitoes.
This is pretty much my current obsession. In addition to its environmental sensitivity, some of these designs are pretty snazzy, ranging from naturalistic to contemporary. Enjoy!
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