Why go to a crowded resort when you can get a luxurious pool and spa experience right at your own home? If you are thinking of designing the ultimate backyard oasis, then you probably know that it is no small investment. That’s why homeowners are increasingly designing their luxury home swimming pools with year round use in mind. Let’s talk about planning a backyard retreat that you can enjoy 365 days a year.

Heated Pools and Spas

While keeping the pool at a comfortable temperature during the cooler months can be a significant expense, consider that you will not have to pay the cost of having a professional open and close your pool. There is also the appeal of looking out the window in winter to see sparkling blue-green water instead of the drab pool cover.

Now try to imagine the magical feeling of relaxing in the water while snowflakes gently fall from the sky. In many luxury home swimming pools, this is not just a dream. Depending on the size of your pool and/or spa, there are plenty of pool heater options; natural gas heaters, propane heaters, and electric heat pumps to name a few. In addition, a solar cover left on when the pool is not in use can help the water retain warmth and capture heat from the winter sun.

Even if you don’t want to heat the entire pool and spa to a comfortable swimming temperature, you can keep the pool water above freezing, allowing it to stay open, and crank up the spa when you are ready to take a soak.

Luxury Outdoor Living

Extend your winter fun beyond the water by setting up your outdoor living area for all seasons. If budget allows, a heated cabana just a few steps from the pool will quickly get you out of the cold after a dip. A luxury cabana can be anything you imagine; bar, kitchen, living area, entertainment center, or all of the above!

If you prefer the feel of the open air, consider placing comfy chairs around an elegant fire pit, the perfect place for roasting marshmallows and sipping warm drinks on a chilly evening. For al fresco dining and conversation on a cool night, position cozy outdoor heaters around a table.

Beautiful Indoor Pools

Another option for enjoying your pool all year that is becoming increasingly popular, is to bring it indoors, completely or partially. When designing an indoor pool area, use elements of both the house and the outdoors to create a smooth and natural flow.

A glass pool enclosure connected to the house will provide indoor comfort and outdoor scenery, the perfect combination. Alternatively, a partial pool covering that extends from the house can protect you from the elements and provide that “comfort of home” feeling.

In places where the weather is too cold for swimming most months of the year, an all-season pool area is ideal. With smart design ideas, you can get the most out of your investment and enjoy your backyard pool and spa – winter, spring, summer or fall.