The Top Pool Trends of 2022

Posted April 21, 2022 in Blog, Design/Build, General, Landscape Design, Pool, Videos, Water Feature

From minimalist modern swimming pool designs to formal, elaborate styles, the key to the best swimming pools is creating the perfect space that surrounds and complements your new pool in the Lehigh Valley. But without the right visual, plan, and guide you could end up with a pool company in the Lehigh Valley that digs up your entire yard and leaves mounds of dirt behind—because they don’t do anything more than install new pools and leave the rest to you. This is why it’s important to start with the big picture in mind.

You will want to understand the recent pool trends for 2022, see how they could look in your backyard, know what else you need to make your new pool feel complete, and understand how much your total investment will cost. If you are thinking of a new pool or renovating an old pool here are a few pool trends to consider:

  • Sun shelf for tanning and lounging

Tanning ledges, baja shelves, and sun shelves are all different terms used for the same inground pool feature. They’re large, shallow shelves that are typically big enough to fit a couple of lounge chairs and maybe an umbrella or two. Sizes range from 5 feet 6 inches x 12 feet to 8 feet 10 inches x 18 feet. But we know that doesn’t work for everyone! This is why we ask our clients questions about how they want to use the sun shelf, who will sit there, what they will want to do, and more!

This family wanted clean, straight lines to match the uncomplicated look of the home while providing a space for the adults to relax and ample space for the kids to splash around. We helped this family design a custom sun shelf that is perfectly sized for in-water loungers and a trendy umbrella that protects everyone from the sun. This space is great to catch rays while keeping an eye on the little ones. Additionally, the pool’s staircase is more than just boring steps that get you in the pool. The church steps span the width of the pool, acting as extra seating in any depth of water of your choosing.


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  • Unique focal points that add character to the new pool

Even if you never do more than dip a toe in it, a new pool can add an atmosphere of beauty and serenity to your home, while creating an amazing focal point in your new outdoor living space.

Adjacent to this amazing new swimming pool is a custom and very unique backyard treasure, the overflow spa! This feature was designed to be the main focal point within the space no matter the time of day or how many people want to enjoy the new swimming pool and spa.

The constant water overflow paired with the iridescent tile picks up on different light angles throughout the day, making it as magical as a unicorn at times. The light color of the tile reflects the sunlight, keeping the tile cooler during the hot days of summer so this family doesn’t burn their skin if they sit on the ledge. The tile continues into the spa’s water catch basin and tile line of the swimming pool, tying everything together brilliantly.

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  • Choose your layout & details

When it comes to swimming pools, one size and shape certainly does not fit all! If you aren’t planning to have a diving contest in your new pool, it probably doesn’t need to be more than 8 feet deep. But if you don’t ask and properly answer those questions from the very beginning you could end up with a new swimming pool that is too big, too small, too deep, or worse!

Choosing the right pool shape is difficult without the right visual representation. Our design-first approach to building a new swimming pool in the Lehigh Valley will help you see exactly how your new pool will look and feel how you will use every feature of your new outdoor living space. Your designer will help you ask and answer questions such as how will you use your new swimming pool?; are you looking for a place to exercise or sunbathe?; how many people will use your new pool?; what ages are the people who will use this new swimming pool?. This proven process ensures your investment is exactly what you dreamed of!

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Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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