Design Through the Decades – part 55
Swimming pools and spas in Phoenix homes in the 2000s allowed for a lot of variety and upgrades since interest rates were considerably low. It was easy for homebuyers to add a pool plus upgrades when signing the papers. Thus, swimming pools in the 2000s became fancier.
The defining swimming pool style in Phoenix homes in the 2000s was the large boulder waterfall.
For a few more dollars, you could add a slide to the waterfall. It was also fun to swim under the waterfall.
Another waterfall with slide.
Adding boulders in and on your swimming pool was considered fashionable in the 2000s.
Horizontal waterfalls like this 2002 Phoenix home’s were trendy.
Scuppers were also very trendy as seen at this 2005 Phoenix home.
If you wanted to splurge, you could add laminar jets to your pool. This is a 2007 Scottsdale home.
If your budget was unlimited, negative edge pools were the ultimate in swimming pool design in the 2000s.
Another negative edge pool.
As back yards became places of entertainment (with built-in BBQs and built-in fireplaces), spas became larger. The decked out back yard became the destination of choice in the 2000s.
Here’s a 2005 Phoenix home with a spa and seating area. This pool features a finish known a Pebble-Tec, which is basically small aquarium pebbles glued to the walls. The appeal (since it costs more to install) is that it has a lifetime warranty; replastering is not needed. However, many homeowners chose the darker Pebble-Tec finish which resulted in higher pool temperatures.
Swimming pools in the early 2010s are likely to become more rare and/or smaller and more simple until the real estate slowdown ends. Financing swimming pools with upgrades will be more costly and more difficult to obtain. However, home builders might include “free” pools as an incentive to sell their inventory, but don’t expect these pools to have all the bells and whistles. Pebble-Tec finish will disappear as people watch their budgets and opt for the standard white plaster walls.