Locating a pool close to a house can have numerous benefits. This example illustrates a couple: Sunshading attached the house can serve the pool and the adjacent deck; and the deck itself can serve both the house and the pool.
This pool in Florida is logically placed in the courtyard of a U-shape plan. This makes the pool the focus of the outdoor space, but also an impediment. The stepping stones deal with the latter.
The stepping stones also align with the separation between two pools. The smaller pool on the left is a Jacuzzi, while the longer one on the right is a lap pool.
The integration of the pool with both the outdoor and indoor spaces of the house is extraordinary. It's hard to think of the house without the pool. Covered terraces are oriented to the water, and glass walls slide open to connect inside and outside.
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This last view is the master bathroom, which sits at the other end of the lap pool. As with a municipal pool, access to the lap pool is through the bathroom, which has an enclosed water closet (behind the door at left). This situation allows the swimmer to bathe before and after a swim and not drip water through the house.