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Agamenticus Pool Project
Agamenticus Pool Project
Robert Reed Associates, Inc.
Example of a classic backyard rectangular infinity pool design in Portland Maine
Travertine pool deck Melbourne
Travertine pool deck Melbourne
Concrete Designs of Florida
Concrete stained to look like travertine tile
Pool - tropical pool idea in Orlando
Stainless Steel Hot Tub with cover
Stainless Steel Hot Tub with cover
Diamond Spas
Photo Credit: Ryan Turner
Example of a mountain style tile and rectangular hot tub design
Naperville, IL Swimming Pool With Offset Sunshelf
Naperville, IL Swimming Pool With Offset Sunshelf
Platinum Poolcare
Request Free Quote This rectilinear swimming pool with offset thermal shelf in Naperville, IL measures 20'0" x 40'0", and is equipped with an automatic pool cover with hidden stone lid system. The 6'0" x 20'0" sunshelf has 7 bubbler features. Pool coping is Valder's Limestone, and the pool finish is Ceramaquartz. LED lighting completes the look. Photos by Larry Huene
Infinity Edge Pool With Sunken Seating Area In Fort Lauderdale
Infinity Edge Pool With Sunken Seating Area In Fort Lauderdale
Van Kirk & Sons Pools and Spas
This amazing infinity-edge pool with sunken seating area, stepping stones, and firebar feature overlooks the Fort Lauderdale intracoastal and is a beautiful spectacle during the evening!
River Ranch
River Ranch
Jobe Corral Architects
Casey Dunn
Inspiration for a southwestern backyard rectangular lap pool house remodel in Other
Hydropool Swim Spa
Hydropool Swim Spa
Paradise Valley Spas
Hydropool Swim Spas are the latest trend in the pool and spa industry. Hydropool has the smoothest and most powerful adjustable current stream of any swim spa on the market. You can say goodbye to the weekly maintenance that a regular pool requires, because Hyrdropool swim spas are self-cleaning. Whether you are a serious swimmer looking to train in the comfort of your backyard or the casual swimmer who wants to enjoy the relaxation of a pool, Hydropool is the ultimate swim spa, hot tub, and aquatic gym all-in-one.
Trellis / Pergolas
Trellis / Pergolas
Coastal Screen and Rail
Nick Sargent
Example of a trendy hot tub design in Miami
Euclid Residence
Euclid Residence
AquaTerra Outdoors
This infinity edge spa with water feature is designed to be a visual work of art. The wall has custom Bobe water scuppers, is veneered with ledgestone and a lueders limestone cap and ends.
Navesink River Road Residence
Navesink River Road Residence
Alan Tufts Landscape Architecture
Pool - traditional backyard stone and rectangular aboveground pool idea in New York
Desert Home
Desert Home
Terra Bella Landscape Development
Example of a classic pool design in Los Angeles
Mediterranean Elegance by Custom Design Pools
Mediterranean Elegance by Custom Design Pools
Ledge Lounger
This project, by Houston based pool builder and authorized Ledge Lounger Dealer, Custom Design Pools, features multiple seating areas, both in pool and out of pool, making it ideal for entertaining and socializing.
Baker Street
Baker Street
ramsay photography
landscape design by merge studio © ramsay photography
Inspiration for a large modern backyard rectangular lap pool house remodel in San Francisco
Soake Plunge Pool
Soake Plunge Pool
Soake Pools
Serene afternoon by a Soake Plunge Pool
Example of a small classic backyard stone and rectangular natural hot tub design in Boston
Ashcroft
Ashcroft
Los Angeles Pool Builders, Inc
Pool - large modern backyard tile and rectangular infinity pool idea in Los Angeles
Sagaponack Spec
Sagaponack Spec
Davis Landscape Design LLC
Chris Foster
Inspiration for a coastal backyard rectangular lap pool house remodel in New York
Slides
Slides
First Class Pools and Spas, LLC
Backyard stone water slide photo in Dallas
Palomino
Palomino
Bianchi Design
Kirk Bianchi of Bianchi Design, an award winning phoenix pool builder and landscape designer, created this vanishing edge perimeter overflow reflecting pool in Phoenix Arizona to showcase a majestic salvaged ironwood tree. The focal point is a scarlet glass tile overflow spa accessed by "floating" granite step stones, submerged one quarter inch under water, backlit by fiber optic lighting. The pool is anchored to the guest house by a raised planter, with rills of water cascading along the path. michaelwoodall.com photographer
Dover Shores
Dover Shores
Garden Studio
Karyn Millet
Example of a pool design in Orange County
On a hot summer day, nothing is as refreshing as a swimming pool. Although often seen as a luxury, they can serve many functions and be well worth the splurge in the right area. Besides being a nice place to relax and cool off, pools can add much-needed visual interest to your yard — think colorful tiles or a unique water feature. Read further and browse photos for more tips on how to make your pool ideas a reality.

In your location, swimming pools might also be a solid investment; buyers practically require them places with hot summers and mild winters, so installing or updating one could help your home sell. As you get ready to start your in-ground pool and spa remodel, map out your space and consider what size, shape and style might work best for you. Having an idea in mind when you talk with a specialist will help the process go smoothly.

What are my swimming pool design options?


Location, size and desired activity will determine which pool designs might work best for you. If you live somewhere that’s warm only four months out of the year, an outdoor pool might not be worth the splurge — though an indoor one might. Regardless of whether you go with indoor or outdoor, the size of the space will dictate the shape of the pool. Carefully consider how much space you want to dedicate to the entire project; if you start adding extras, like a pool deck and specialty landscaping, your yard-to-pool ratio can quickly become unbalanced. With a long and narrow space, look for rectangular lap pool design ideas that might fit well; wider areas will give you more freedom to have a specialty shape, which means the options are endless.

Similarly, various installation techniques are more suited to certain lifestyles. In-ground swimming pools are a major (potentially lifetime) commitment. Construction, maintenance and energy bills add up, so make sure you’re ready to take that plunge. If you aren’t ready for that sort of commitment, consider an alternative, such as an above-ground pool or a hot tub. The above-ground options can be set up when the weather permits, so you still get to enjoy the warm summer months without sacrificing your yard year round. Make sure you have proper storage for the unit when it’s not in use though. Are you one of the many who see more cold than warm weather? A hot tub will surely see more use and is not quite such a daunting commitment, both financially and maintenance-wise. Ultimately, the decision comes down to whether you think the costs and upkeep are worth the time you will spend enjoying it.

What materials should I incorporate into my pool design?


The quality of your materials can easily dictate the life of your swimming pool or spa. Although vinyl is often the cheapest option, it also is the least durable, so it will need to be replaced more frequently. Concrete and fiberglass swimming pool designs are popular, sturdy options, while metal above ground units last longer than plastic ones. To liven up blah concrete or fiberglass, consider adding a colorful mosaic tile border or an interesting stone water feature. Some of the best pool ideas incorporate seamlessly into the landscape design by using natural-looking materials, or by using an infinity edge. Regardless of what you do, the short-term costs shouldn't be your only consideration; consider long-term maintenance and repair costs as well, like replacing broken tiles or fixing leaks and cracks.

What swimming pool extras and accessories can I add?


There are plenty of swimming pool ideas that will help magnify their fun factor. Install a diving board, slide or small waterfall to make swimming more enjoyable, and add floats, toys and loungers for ultimate relaxation. A cabana can help with entertaining during parties, while an outdoor shower and changing station come in handy once you're ready to head indoors. Adding ample seating and sun protection, like chaise lounges and umbrellas, will ensure everyone can enjoy the pool, even if they aren’t in it. Browse pictures of pools to see how others have enhanced their setups, then incorporate your favorite ideas into your own new build or remodel.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a pool renovation or are building a designer pool from scratch, Houzz has 325,669 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Voss Builders and Bianchi Design. Look through pool pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a pool design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful pool photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.