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Pool Ideas

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 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 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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Pool - transitional indoor rectangular lap pool idea in Tampa

Pool - transitional indoor rectangular lap pool idea in Tampa
I love the architecture. - webuser_136216343

Example of an island style tile and rectangular pool design in Tampa

Greg Wilson
Example of an island style tile and rectangular pool design in Tampa
I love the architecture. - webuser_136216343

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Example of a mountain style hot tub design in Other

Example of a mountain style hot tub design in Other
This is an example of proportion because the pool and the T.V. are proportioned a pleasing size. - adyian_al_hilali

Pool - contemporary rectangular pool idea in Miami

The rear exterior of the home features an infinity-edge pool and a cabana. Photo by: VHT Studios
Pool - contemporary rectangular pool idea in Miami
Linear Deck and glass railing. - finisterra

Example of a tuscan backyard rectangular and concrete paver pool design in Dallas

Example of a tuscan backyard rectangular and concrete paver pool design in Dallas
what tree/bushes are those? - maggiegates

Inspiration for a huge timeless backyard stone and rectangular pool house remodel in Chicago

Inspiration for a huge timeless backyard stone and rectangular pool house remodel in Chicago
Concrete/hardscape from cabana to pool. - webuser_382036062

Inspiration for a rustic backyard stone and custom-shaped lap hot tub remodel in Raleigh

Inspiration for a rustic backyard stone and custom-shaped lap hot tub remodel in Raleigh
The style of the pools set up - webuser_678508601

Pool house - large contemporary backyard concrete and rectangular lap pool house idea in Austin

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Pool house - large contemporary backyard concrete and rectangular lap pool house idea in Austin
this pool is modern and well designed to be peaceful and relaxing. the landscape is contemporary. - webuser_352326052

Southwest backyard rectangular infinity hot tub photo in Phoenix

©ThompsonPhotographic.com 2011 ArchitecTor PC. Gemini Development Corp. Joni Wilkerson Interiors and Landscaping
Southwest backyard rectangular infinity hot tub photo in Phoenix
Love the view from the pool here! - adam_gorgie

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Pool - southwestern pool idea in Phoenix

The patio wraps in a U-shape around the infinity-edge swimming pool / Builder - Platinum Custom Homes / Photo by Thompson Photographic
Pool - southwestern pool idea in Phoenix
in love with this infinity pool - home_decor1230

Coastal backyard stone and rectangular pool photo in Minneapolis

Our Percheron™ travertine patios and pool paving complete the clean and crisp East Coast aesthetic of this exceptional property. The spacious stone veranda, outdoor dinning area and pool deck overlook Lake Minnetonka, offering luxurious spaces to relax. Also featured are our Wisconsin Grey™ stone walls & veneer, Greydon™ sandstone steps and our custom fabricated Indiana Grey limestone outdoor countertop. Builder: Gordon James Construction Landscape Design & Installation: Ideal Landscape & Design, Inc. Photography: LandMark Photography
Stone decking - rapenter

Example of a trendy backyard tile and rectangular lap pool design in Los Angeles

Example of a trendy backyard tile and rectangular lap pool design in Los Angeles

Large trendy backyard rectangular hot tub photo in San Francisco with decking

This Bradford Spa which are made with stainless steel and tile inlay. The inside dimensions of this tub are 12-ft by 8-ft and 14-ft 8-in x 9.5-ft outside dimension.
This wood is Ipe if you like the darker wood. I also like the lighting in the steps. - cymegnin

Country backyard concrete and rectangular lap hot tub photo in San Francisco

Country backyard concrete and rectangular lap hot tub photo in San Francisco
pool. playground. chairs. umbrella - tmghyland

Huge trendy backyard concrete paver and l-shaped hot tub photo in San Francisco

Peter Koenig Landscape Designer, Gene Radding General Contracting, Creative Environments Swimming Pool Construction
Huge trendy backyard concrete paver and l-shaped hot tub photo in San Francisco
Pool yg tidak simetris, ada leveling utk tempat duduk dan jacuzzi, lantai yg diantaranya ada rumput - mahardhika_p

Pool fountain - huge rustic backyard stone and rectangular lap pool fountain idea in Kansas City

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Pool fountain - huge rustic backyard stone and rectangular lap pool fountain idea in Kansas City
This is for my project at school. - rbuchanan5

Morgan Howarth Photography, Surrounds Inc. Pool finish is PebbleSheen Ocean Blue.
Hot tub - large traditional backyard stone and custom-shaped hot tub idea in DC Metro

Pool - contemporary backyard l-shaped pool idea in Miami

Pool - contemporary backyard l-shaped pool idea in Miami
Great outside patio and pool area - cardelt

Example of a mid-sized trendy backyard tile and rectangular lap pool fountain design in Philadelphia

Example of a mid-sized trendy backyard tile and rectangular lap pool fountain design in Philadelphia
hot tub use smaller version - webuser_307865686

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