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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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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

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool remodel in San Francisco with decking

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool remodel in San Francisco with decking
Pool - guidote

Inspiration for a rustic pool remodel in Other

Inspiration for a rustic pool remodel in Other
tile? - gtruitt

Southwest backyard custom-shaped natural pool fountain photo in Phoenix

Remodeled backyard with pool and water feature. Photo Credit: Thompson Photographic Architect: Urban Design Associates Interior Designer: Ashley P. Design Builder: R-Net Custom Homes
I like the decking and the coping. - mark1474

Pool - beach style backyard rectangular lap pool idea in Orange County

Pool - beach style backyard rectangular lap pool idea in Orange County
greenery in front of the wall - nikkan_ghosh

Inspiration for a transitional backyard rectangular hot tub remodel in Dallas

Inspiration for a transitional backyard rectangular hot tub remodel in Dallas
See if Chris likes the stone and color of this pool - cand_1976

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

Example of a large mountain style backyard custom-shaped and stone water slide design in Houston

Waterfall, Pool, and Spa custom designed and built by Dynamic Pools & Patios. Photo by Angela Morrill © 2018
Example of a large mountain style backyard custom-shaped and stone water slide design in Houston
Love!! - panera

Trendy tile and rectangular infinity hot tub photo in Other

A very contemporary home on a tricky mountainside lot with incredible views of downtown, Beaverdam Valley, The French Broad River, and Mt. Pisgah. Designed to blend into the hillside. Photos by Ryan Theede
wrap around windows upper level - nicholam77

Ellie Photo (www.elliephoto.com)
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional master bathroom remodel in DC Metro with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, gray walls and a vessel sink

Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap pool house photo in New York

Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap pool house photo in New York
pool house...guest house and lap pool - smsm13

Inspiration for a beach style backyard custom-shaped hot tub remodel in Orlando

Rickie Agapito
Inspiration for a beach style backyard custom-shaped hot tub remodel in Orlando
The tin roof here is very pretty - phillip_john_fox

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete paver and rectangular hot tub remodel in San Francisco

Bruce Damonte
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete paver and rectangular hot tub remodel in San Francisco
Small rectangular pool. Not too deep. Jacuzzi squeezed in yet maintains the symmetry. Decking up to the edge. Allows for automatic pool cover. - ericstaats

Example of a farmhouse backyard concrete and rectangular lap pool design in San Francisco

Rear View
Example of a farmhouse backyard concrete and rectangular lap pool design in San Francisco
Love the simple lines and hardscape! - jeanie_braun

Inspiration for a rustic backyard rectangular hot tub remodel in Denver with decking

Heidi Long
Inspiration for a rustic backyard rectangular hot tub remodel in Denver with decking
I also like the look of this hot tub - korina42

Mid-sized minimalist backyard rectangular hot tub photo in Dallas

Mid-sized minimalist backyard rectangular hot tub photo in Dallas
Love the lounge chairs with a inch of pool water... so relaxing!! - sophiachen1331

Inspiration for a transitional pool remodel in Miami

Matt Steeves
Inspiration for a transitional pool remodel in Miami
Could have a wall on West side to block street noise and could us the area behind the wall for storage - laws1

Automatic pool cover with a raised stone face spa. Travertine pool patio with a stone fire pit. Automatic pool cover is hidden by the coping when not in use. When the cover is being used it not only helps keep the temperature of the water it also acts as a safety cover. Pool was in a small and steep grade backyard. A reverse stone bond beam was used to help with the severity of the grade.

Example of a 1960s backyard concrete and rectangular infinity hot tub design in Other

Example of a 1960s backyard concrete and rectangular infinity hot tub design in Other
Pool to pool house transition - aconuel

Pool - transitional pool idea in Charlotte

Pool - transitional pool idea in Charlotte
winderrrs - nerdgirl_12cookie

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