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European Inspired Old Metairie Residence
European Inspired Old Metairie Residence
Mullin
Example of a tuscan pool design in New Orleans
Lower Oxbow Custom Home
Lower Oxbow Custom Home
Fairmont Homes
Country concrete and rectangular hot tub photo in Houston
Ruth Residence
Ruth Residence
M. Designs Architects
Each space in this estate is designed to enjoy the beautiful views ailed by the use of a wall to wall glass windows. The backyard is made to enjoy outdoor living and entertaining with a TV area, kitchen, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and even a basketball court. The upstairs floor has balconies all around with glass railings for unhindered views and a minimalistic look, with an additional outside lounge area. Spotlights lined on the edge of the roof for the perfect outdoor lighting, reflecting in the pool in the evening. � This family loves the outdoor life and we made sure they could enjoy the outdoors even from the inside.
Parkside Vanishing Edge
Parkside Vanishing Edge
Josh Atkinson - Atkinson Pools and Spas
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional backyard stone and custom-shaped infinity pool remodel in Charleston
Moorland Lantern
Moorland Lantern
Cunningham | Quill Architects
Photo by Paul Burk
Pool house - traditional stone and rectangular pool house idea in DC Metro
Head of Plains
Head of Plains
Miroslava Ahern / Landscape Design Studio
Trendy pool house photo in Boston with decking
Small Space - Large Impact
Small Space - Large Impact
Poolscapes, LLC
After building 2 other pools for this wonderful client, this property was in need of something special! A Perimeter overflow infinity pool & spa, with automated Water & fire features! Stunning glass tile sets the tone for entertainment and something for us all to be proud of!
Farmhouse Pool
Farmhouse Pool
Farmhouse pool photo in San Francisco
Gunite Pools
Gunite Pools
Minogue Bros. Swimming Pool Care
Inspiration for a timeless rectangular pool remodel in New York
Alhambra Valley
Alhambra Valley
Envision Landscape Studio
Photography by Paul Dyer
Pool house - large transitional backyard rectangular lap pool house idea in San Francisco
Mecox
Mecox
Zachary T Clanahan Architect PLLC
Example of a beach style backyard rectangular pool house design in New York
Old World Beauty, Brand New Home
Old World Beauty, Brand New Home
Tegethoff Homes
Anne Matheis
Elegant pool photo in St Louis
New Work
New Work
Creative Design Landscaping
Inspiration for a timeless backyard stamped concrete and rectangular pool remodel in New York
Palm Boulevard || Isle of Palms
Palm Boulevard || Isle of Palms
Aquatica Pools & Spas
Pool - modern aboveground pool idea in Charleston with decking
Forever Home
Forever Home
Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors
An in-ground spa features therapy jets and an automatic cover, which may be retracted incrementally to allow the water weir to function decoratively. Stone piers support painted wooden pergola supports, unifying stone and carpentry.
2425 Residence
2425 Residence
SDH Studio Architecture and Interior Design
Pool - contemporary rectangular pool idea in Miami
Southlake Modern
Southlake Modern
Randy Angell Designs
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern backyard rectangular pool fountain remodel in Dallas with decking
Valley Club Mid-Century
Valley Club Mid-Century
DD Ford Construction
Jim Bartsch Photography
Large 1950s backyard stamped concrete and rectangular natural pool photo in Santa Barbara
Luxury Traditional Home
Luxury Traditional Home
Campagna Homes
Inspiration for a large mediterranean backyard stone and kidney-shaped natural pool fountain remodel in Tampa
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 325,090 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Josh Atkinson - Atkinson Pools and Spas and DD Ford Construction. 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.