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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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Inspiration for a large tropical backyard stone and kidney-shaped natural pool fountain remodel in Los Angeles

Maddox Photography
Inspiration for a large tropical backyard stone and kidney-shaped natural pool fountain remodel in Los Angeles
rocks on side 2/22/19 - varina_dang

Example of a large trendy backyard stone and rectangular hot tub design in Orange County

Landscape Design: AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc. / Photography: Jeri Koegel
Example of a large trendy backyard stone and rectangular hot tub design in Orange County
balcony structure. replace wood with i beams. - sweetphoenix

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard infinity pool remodel in Miami

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard infinity pool remodel in Miami

Inspiration for a rustic tile and rectangular hot tub remodel in Philadelphia

Joe Palimeno has always been inspired by the work of Landscape Architect Robert Royston, a pioneering modernist who helped define landscape architecture in the early 1940s. Palimeno has said about past designs, “it has always been the driving force in my design work, to create functional and usable outdoor spaces, whether in a backyard garden or a regional use plan. The goal is the creation of delight, joy and serenity for the people who inhabit the space.” In this backyard, where crisp, clean lines run across the lawn to meet a vertical raw wood structure, a space is defined to offer serenity and relaxation.
This is a nice pool/lounge area!!! - hlhackman

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

photo: Brian Thomas Jones
Example of a trendy backyard concrete paver and rectangular lap pool design in Los Angeles
I like the modern look about the minimum amount to it and it is not to much - gloria_ilieva

Cottage backyard concrete and rectangular infinity pool photo in San Francisco

Cottage backyard concrete and rectangular infinity pool photo in San Francisco
entrada con frutales - nicoronel

Minimalist pool photo in Dallas

Architect: LM Studio, Los Angeles Interior Designer: Lane McCook & Associates, Los Angeles Landscape Architect: Nikila Rigby Ellis, Los Angeles
Minimalist pool photo in Dallas
I LIKE TILE IN POOL - mpappano

Inspiration for a mid-sized mediterranean backyard concrete paver and rectangular pool fountain remodel in Birmingham

Inspiration for a mid-sized mediterranean backyard concrete paver and rectangular pool fountain remodel in Birmingham
Wow! Anyone want a fireplace by the pool? This would be extra useful here in Michigan! - outdoor_expressions_landscaping

Example of a transitional stone and custom-shaped hot tub design in Los Angeles

Example of a transitional stone and custom-shaped hot tub design in Los Angeles
cool paver design. Can use fake grass? - rainaf

This small formal living room has warmth and drama at the same time. The ceiling is painted a light gray to match the hallway, while 3 walls inside the room are a bold coral color to add warmth and drama. Furniture placement creates a comfortable conversation pit in this small space.

Pool - farmhouse pool idea in Houston

Bradford Carr, B-rad Photography
Pool - farmhouse pool idea in Houston
metal roof and the color scheme looks great - bobandmelduran

Example of a mountain style hot tub design in Other

Example of a mountain style hot tub design in Other
is there a place to add hot tub where you can see TV in guest cottage? - rainaf

Example of a large coastal backyard tile and rectangular pool design in Miami

Example of a large coastal backyard tile and rectangular pool design in Miami
So amazing!! super modern and clean! I also love the palm trees. - maren_staley

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard custom-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Orange County

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard custom-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Orange County

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.
Surrounding area near pool? Wood? - webuser_556781315

Pool - contemporary pool idea in Other

Matthew Millman
Pool - contemporary pool idea in Other
This. Is. A. Perfect. Pool. Period. - hollywilly

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular infinity pool remodel in Los Angeles

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular infinity pool remodel in Los Angeles
The glass fencing that drops along the pool edge and raised back after pool ends - mkottapal

Example of a large cottage backyard stone and rectangular lap pool design in DC Metro

Inspiration for a large modern indoor rectangular lap hot tub remodel in San Francisco with decking

Inspiration for a large modern indoor rectangular lap hot tub remodel in San Francisco with decking
Wood ceiling & vertical accent screens - kokomiki

Huge trendy rectangular pool photo in Dallas

Resort Modern in Frisco Texas Photography by Jimi Smith
Huge trendy rectangular pool photo in Dallas
Lounge gedeelte in het midden van de pool - thysannen

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