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These pools that give character to the garden

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With the good days ahead, new desires are emerging. This year will be the pool! New models, new equipment, new pool houses ... Design or natural, we want them all!

Before, the "design" basins only spoke to the architect's houses, of which they were the spectacular counterpoint. In 2012, the old buildings also adopted them. Successful alliances combine natural materials and gray stone, slate in Brittany or the coated facades of the Basque Country. Blue stone, granite, basalt, concrete ... and even very dark slate win all the votes. "Gray, yes, as long as it is natural like stone, raw like concrete or aged like wood", summarizes Jean-Marc Canton, host of the Carré Bleu network in the north of France. If we like smooth stone, as polished by the elements, we opt for finishes "bush-hammered" or "blue flamed", also slip-resistant.

The map of the natural. Some pools play it without flirting with rusticity or sulking the benefits of modernity. Crystal clear water, as pure as that of a spring, is a widespread wish. "The idea is to filter the water as much as possible to reduce the contribution of the treatment", summarizes Jean-Marc Canton. Hence the use of centrifugal pre-filters with filtration sand or glass filters. Then, the water, already well purified, will pass under a UV lamp and will be treated by the electrolysis of salt, less "green" but offering an irreproachable purity. We expect the progress of electrolysis using naturally occurring mineral salts in water ...

Some architectural biases make the pool spectacular without getting in the spotlight. They enliven the pool playing with the streaming water and with the effect of depth. A breathtaking innovation, the pool with glazed walls above ground on two sides, "object of decoration in its own right" according to designer Carré Bleu pools. It compensates for differences in levels and reveals its volume of water giant aquarium version by allowing swimmers to enjoy the garden even under water! Another option: the overflow that opens the basin and gives an impression of space. Sublime when it is basalt and flush the water on a strip of a few tens of centimeters. Zen effect guaranteed.

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