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Extreme Pool Designs for In Ground Pools

Extreme Backyard Pools DesignsBackyard In Ground Pool Designs

Homeowners are now starting to look at their outdoor space where their pool designs can take on their personality. Pool designs are being taken to the next level to reflect the pool owner and thereby challenging pool designers to incorporate trendsetting elements.

Today’s backyard pool scapes can incorporate a variety of elements from fully equipped kitchens to pool cabanas with washroom and shower facilities. Pool designs that include lazy rivers and adjacent basketball courts or putting greens are just some examples of innovative designs.

Pool Designs Challenge Pool Builders

Before embarking on one of a kind pool designs, the pool owner should find a pool builder that has the expertise and knowledge to put all the pieces together. This is arguably the most important aspect of designing a pool oasis. Once that builder has been found, such as Gib-San Pools which is a member of the Master Pools Guild, then it’s time to create a wish list.

Creating a True Outdoor Living Space

Pool design suggestions for creating a pool outdoor living scape is to include an athletic area for those who don’t want to be in the water all the time, a putting green or a basketball net surrounding the poolscape, waterfalls with sun ledges as a great accent to provide movement of water, soothing sounds and an area for those who want to observe the action. Of course, don’t forget about visual excitement in accented lighting, incorporated into water features that bring the pool to life at night. Deck jets and laminars can also enhance the movement of water when incorporated into pool designs.

Recreating the Inside Out

Incorporation of an equipped kitchen makes entertaining easier and less intrusive – this way you can contain your guests to an area, avoiding back and forth into your home. Also consider outdoor furnishing, their design and scope,  including seating and lounging furniture, and their placement in the pool design.

As backyard pool designs become more popular, options are constantly evolving – from sport features to dining areas as available from Gib-San Pools – your backyard pool getaway should reflect your personal needs to relax and enjoy!

A Pool’s Fire – Latest Trends in Pool Design Enhancements

Today’s poolscapes incorporate a variety of features to enhance the inground pool landscape – the incorporation of water, light and natural features are now being complemented with the use of fire. Today’s pool designs are incorporating fire elements in order to add drama and excitement to backyard poolscapes.

Pool Designers have Fire in their Eyes!

As pool designer expand their range to fire as part of a full backyard experience, in order to complement entertaining areas, full entertainment areas and lounge areas, it is expected that fire elements will quickly make their presence known in the pool design planning. Fire elements can include mantels to fire pits that are used as gathering areas in the evenings, where recreational firepit specialistsare coming out with exciting new products that take pool designs to the next level.

Adding that Unique Fire Element

Inground Swimming Pool with Fire PitNotably, fire adds that unique element to a pool design so as to be able to enjoy the beauty of the water at night. Essentially fire brings that wow factor to pool installations, whether it is a a beautiful fire pit where guests can gather to more elaborate installations featuring incorporating water and fire together such as water and fire bowls. For the extreme, fire can be incorporated into water features, columns and decks, where pool designs can include automated fire features that can be controlled by remote control.

Consider using the excitement of fire when planning your pool design – with a variety of incorporation alternatives – where you decide to use fire is your vision and your pool designer’s execution (see more at – Pool Design with Fire)

Luxury Pool Pictures

Pool season’s almost starting, at least we hope, and there’s nothing better than looking at some cool and outstanding Luxury Pool pictures at the new Gib-San Pools website for design ideas.

Luxury Pool and Builtin Hot Tub SpaThis pool design is a favourite, incorporating a whirlpool and fire pit for a distinctive combination of design and functionality.

It’s idea such as this design that show how the pool design envellope is not stattic and can be pushed to achieve unique and effective works of art!


Automatic Pool Covers – New Pool Must Have

One touch opening and closing, fully automatic pool covers are the latest addition to today’s pool designs. It only takes minutes to complete a cycle, but saves on physical effort and reduces potential injuries from having to pull heavy covers on a regular basis.

Automatic Pool CoversAutomatic pool covers also reduces heat and water loss by closing the pool whenever it’s not in use. The ease of operation means that this task is more likely to get done, and get done right. In addition, the cover can also be integrated with a solar blanket type of cover for additional savings in pools operations.

For information on pool accessories such as automatic pool covers contact Gib-San Pools or view its new website

It’s All Fun and Pool Games

The kids are out for summer…time to get outside! Nothing beats jumping in the pool, and we have some great ideas to keep them entertained in the pool for hours!

Climb a Mountain

AquaClimb® is a modular rock climbing wall system for your swimming pool! The panels can be turned  in four different orientations to change the level of ease and difficulty. The height of the wall is restricted by the depth of the pool.

Texas Hold ‘Em

Bringing your favorite game into the cool of the pool! Aces are high and the water is wild!  Play poker, Go Fish, 21…all bets are off when it comes to this floatable card table!

Take a Dip, Take a Dunk

Cool off with a game of H-O-R-S-E…team up and keep score. Or host a slam dunk contest. This swimming pool basketball hoop makes your backyard the hottest place in the neighborhood to cool off!

Spike It!

Lots of action-packed fun begins when you bring a volleyball net to your pool! Easily mounts on your pool deck.

Solid Slap Shot

Stay cool during a heated game of tabletop ping pong. The floating table keeps the fun in the water!

Keep your backyard the centerpiece for fun and entertainment this summer, but please remember children MUST be supervised at all times in the pool, and remove all pool toys so that they won’t be a distraction to young children and keep the pool securely locked. And lastly, HAVE FUN!

Water Features Can Sooth and Excite

Water features continue to be one of the most popular design trends for swimming pools. Whether you are looking to add a dramatic centerpiece, architectural accents or the excitement of moving water, the right water feature will influence the ambiance of your entire backyard. For many, including a water feature can be the final piece to the puzzle in designing the ultimate backyard paradise.

Your choices are only limited by your imagination and personal tastes, so research what’s available, find inspiration by looking at online photo galleries and speak with local pool and landscape design professionals.

Popular Water Features Include:

  • Waterfalls – Falling water adds beauty and tranquility to any poolscape. Waterfall designs are nearly unlimited. A water feature like the Pentair MagicFalls® can produce waterfalls right from your pool walls with rain, sheet or curtain effects.  Waterfalls can also be produced by having a multi-level pool or they can be built right into the landscape and include additional components like rocks to perfectly match your poolscape design.
  • Fountains – No longer just for large luxurious pools, fountains can be a beautiful backdrop for your poolscape or a fun feature to splash and play in.
  • Laminars – These graceful arcs of water are so smooth, they look glass-like.  The water enters the pool with a gentle splash. A light source can be added to create a breathtaking evening light show.
  • Deck Jets – These elegant streams of arching water can transform any pool into a soothing fountain. Deck jets work well in combinations to create unique designs of arching water and are usually fully adjustable.
  • Cascades – A gentle wall of water splashes into your pool for a soothing effect that also adds class and style. Cascades are available in a number of sizes and can be used side-by-side to cover longer distances.
  • Scuppers and Wall Accents – Usually appearing in surrounding walls, scuppers are another feature that provides a splash of water into your pool. Available in nearly any shape…including shells, lion heads, rosettes, sconces and fleur-de-lis, they can be used to compliment other water features or stand alone.
  • Water Bowls – Available in many sizes, water bowls can accentuate your landscape and pool with a soothing water spillway.
  • Vanishing Edges – A visual effect of water extending off into the distance is a truly luxurious feature. Your pool edge will appear to simply vanish against the horizon.

Designing Spaces Master Pools Guild Interview with Ed Gibbs of Gib-San Pools

Looking to get started on your dream backyards this summer? This episode of designing spaces interviews Ed Gibbs, owner and operator of Gib-San Pools Ltd.  Ed gives some excellent tips on what to consider when selecting a design for a new pool and how to select a pool builder you can trust.

Gib-San Pool of the Month, May 2012 – Festival Tower Project

If a condominium could be compared to a film, Festival Tower would sweep the Oscars!

Festival Tower is no ordinary building.  It is an instant landmark on the Toronto skyline.  When architect Bruce Kuwabara was designing Festival Tower, he incorporated a number of design elements to reinforce its iconic status, “Let’s face it.  There are a lot of condominium towers going up around this city.  This one has to be special.”

On the outside, the building soars from its limestone-clad base into a tower sheathed in clear and sandblasted glass and crowned by an illuminated glass top that serves as a welcoming beacon to Festival Tower residents.  But it is inside Festival Tower where its “luxurious livability” really becomes apparent.  There is no such thing as a basic amenity at festival Tower and Gib-San was the obvious choice when selecting a pool builder to take part on this project.

The stunning Pool House features an elaborate swimming pool, whirlpool and a cascading floor-to-ceiling waterfall housed in a glass pavilion overlooking an exquisitely landscaped terrace.   The project took over 5 years from its initial planning to the final completion in summer 2011.

“This project is surely one of our most applauded pieces of work” says Ed Gibbs, “to see such a large project come to life surely goes to show you our commitment to ISO policies and procedures works!” “The Festival Tower Project was built using the same standards and procedures used on any one of our residential projects, and because of that our brand transcends the industry standard for quality.”

“Festival Tower is so unique, so special, and so incredible – it exists in a class of its own!”

Why Choose LED Pool Lighting?

High-Definition Lighting That Lasts The growing popularity of color-changing LED lighting for pools and spas is primarily due to the brilliant-lighting effects of newer systems. The difference between old technology (incandescent) pool lighting and LED pool lighting is like comparing a standard definition television to a high-definition television—the colors and visual quality are simply stronger, brighter and more appealing.

Many pool owners also choose LED pool lighting because it is a more eco-friendly option. Not only do LEDs use far less electricity, an LED light can last six times longer than an incandescent light of equal brightness.

The Most Energy-Efficient Lighting Available An LED (or light emitting diode) is a small semi conductor device that converts electrical energy directly into light.  Since there is no filament, an LED does not heat up the way an incandescent bulb does, which wastes up to 80% of the electricity routed to it to produce heat rather than light.  An LED light like the Pentair IntelliBrite® 5g White LED provides a noticeably brighter light while using 86% less energy than an incandescent bulb—resulting in significant energy savings.

Brilliant Colors for Unmatched Visual Appeal The main attraction of LED lighting is the stunning visual appeal and ability to change up the lighting to suit any mood or event. Today’s best color-changing LED pool lights feature numerous light options—from static colors like blue, green, magenta, red and white to dynamic pre-programmed light shows that enhance nighttime poolscapes with rich and vibrant colors. Plus, most allow you to also choose the speed at which the colors change, further allowing you to achieve a particular ambiance.

Choosing the particular color or light show for your pool is usually a simple process of stepping through the selections until you find your desired setting. Other systems allow you to include a dedicated controller to make choosing and programming your lights even easier and synchronize LED lights in your pool, spa and landscape.

LED Lighting Outlasts the Competition The typical life span of an incandescent light is 5,000 hours, whereas LED lights have been proven to last 30,000 to 50,000 hours. The reason for their extended life is the durable, solid state technology, which has no internal filament to wear out.


In the past, LED pool lighting has received negative feedback because if one LED burned out all of the LEDs would stop working, similar to old holiday lights. However, new LED pool lighting systems like the IntelliBrite 5g Color LED will continue to work even when one of its LEDs burn out.

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AquaDome, the largest Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator

This is the largest Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator in the world, the AquaDom. The AquaDom can be found in Berlin at the Radisson SAS Hotel lobby.

The glass tube in the hotel lobby is called AquaDom. It is the largest acrylic cylinder in the world, filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater. There even is an elevator inside the aquarium.

It’s considered the largest of its kind to be built and stands at 25 meters tall and is filled with roughly 900,000 liters of sea water which is home to 2600 fish of 56 different species, artificial colorful corals and rock formations. It has a a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation.

There are various employees working daily inside the cylinder maintaining it and feeding the tropical sea fish.

It isn’t necessary to be a deep sea diver to enjoy the views at the bottom. A visitor can simply take the glass elevator ride through the middle of the aquarium from the bottom to the top to reach the sightseeing point and panoramic restaurant under the glass roof.

The elevator slides up and down in the middle of the cylinder allowing the visitors to take a quick look into the aquarium from a different angle.

There’s enough work for the divers who work daily in the AquaDome, inch by inch is being cleaned while visitors pass by in the elevator.

The AquaDom opened in 2003 and cost around 12.8m euros to build. The aquarium is built with synthetic glass and designed by the architect Sergei Tchoban. It is now the main attraction of the Berlin Sea Life Center. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by a pair of full-time divers.

The result is an amazing design and concept although one can argue about the huge amount of sea water that’s being used in this aquarium and the ecological effects, but spectacular it is.

A panoramic view at the hotel lobby and aquarium from the restaurant above the AquaDome.