A grotto is a water feature that consists of a cavernous area that is large enough to swim into and an overhead waterfall. Add something beautiful like this to the custom in-ground pool that you are having installed next spring. Choose the layout of the pool and grotto and any special features that you would like to add.
Choose The Construction Materials And The Size Of The Grotto
A contractor who provides custom pool services will provide a cost estimate for the materials you prefer. Natural stone, prefabricated concrete pieces, or faux stones are the basic materials needed to construct a grotto. The prices of materials may fluctuate, depending upon the region that you reside in and the demand for the materials.
Grottos can be fairly expensive if they are large and contain a lot of luxuries, such as a sitdown area underneath the structure, a built-in bar, or a therapy spa that is built into the landscaping feature. Don't let a high cost dictate how your pool will be designed, however. You can still choose a small or medium-sized grotto that may fit into the budget you have set aside for the new pool.
Decide Upon Custom Features And The Pool's Shape
Decide upon the height of the structure, how wide the waterfall stream will be, and whether your grotto is going to contain seating or a ledge that can be utilized by you and other people who swim in your pool. The design of the rest of the pool also needs to be selected. Do you want a pool that is a distinct shape or one that appears more like a natural body of water with rounded sides?
Landscaping plays a big part in the design process. If you live in a warm climate, palm trees, exotic bushes, and flowering plants that can be used as ground covers may add a tropical aura to the pool area. If you live in an area where it doesn't reach peak temperatures very often, choose artificial foliage or hardy trees and plants that can withstand cooler temperatures.
Sign Up For Pool Services
If you are not willing to put in the effort to keep your new pool and grotto in excellent condition or if you are merely interested in using the water feature and have limited time that you can allocate for cleaning, sign up for pool services that include inspecting the pool and grotto, making any repairs that are needed, testing the water cleanliness, and adding chemicals to the water.