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Rx for Living
August 2000

Let Nancilee Show You
"How to Thrive from 9 to 5"

by Nancilee Wydra

Quick Advice for Swimming Pools"

Dear Miss Wydra

I love reading all your books on feng-shui but I can't seem to find anything relating to building a swimming pool.

We are about to build a pool soon and I wonder if it matters where the pool should be supposed to be situated since we don't have much space in the backyard, nor can we choose the shape of the pool. Since the pool company already predetermines these factors, all we could do is modify the landscaping around the pool area.

Would you be so kind enough to give me some advice on landscaping features around or outside the pool area in the yard?


CD, Houston, TX


Dear Claire,

With summer on the wane, it is a good time to begin planning next yearís addition. Since you havenít included a site plan so I can make recommendations on your specific location, I will use this opportunity to help all those planning a pool on landscapes choices since zoning dictates location most of the time and lot size, shape and budget often limit shape.

The most important consideration in planning a pool is to integrate it with the contiguous indoor living space. The flow from inside to outside should be as easy as it is to walk from the kitchen into the dining room. I have seen pools set so far away from the house that it is a chore getting there or pools with small steps leading from the home making the single file journey seem more like a parade than a ramble.

Therefore first consider how to make the entrance from the home commodious and appropriate. You donít want to have to enter an area where dripping or dirty feet would upset the scene or the occupants. A hallway leading into a dressing and bathroom area is ideal.

The next consideration is the amount of shade around the pool. With knowledge of sunís affect, many of us try to stay in the shade most of the outdoor time. Plantings which will either grow quickly or trellises, which can become shelters are ideal to plan ahead. Often companies will cement completely around the perimeter of the pool leaving little available dirt for plantings. As a rule of thumb, I suggest up to two thirds of the perimeter shady, especially the shallow end where children are apt to play for longer periods of time.

Lastly the shape of anything can be altered by the color of the surrounding materials. For example, where is it written that one material has to be used for the whole circumference. Perhaps designing one area game playing, one for lounging and one for pool side dining would be the divides making a change in flooring natural. Other suggestions would be to shape the surface surrounding the pool so that a straight edge is curved.

Placing planters following a curved line can also create shaping the perimeterís edge.  Hereís to summer and the joys of living with a swimming pool.

Nancilee Wydra

Nancilee Wydra is the most published American author on feng shui. Her last two books are "Feng Shui Goes to the Office" March 2000 and "Feng Shui for Children's Spaces," November 2000. She teaches nationwide professional certification classes (www.windwater.com) and has a free Website with 100 answers to the most frequently asked feng shui questions, (www.EfengshuiUSA.com). She can be reached at 1-888-488-FSIA


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