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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
Wow! A side door to this area from the bedroom. - webuser_618491731

Inspiration for a country backyard tile and rectangular lap pool remodel in DC Metro

Inspiration for a country backyard tile and rectangular lap pool remodel in DC Metro
want my fence for my ranch for the horse to be like this poles - victor_coles

Example of a trendy pool design in Miami

Example of a trendy pool design in Miami
cement wall, pool, fence, swing - melissavr

Example of a tuscan backyard rectangular lap hot tub design in Los Angeles

Example of a tuscan backyard rectangular lap hot tub design in Los Angeles
Grass all around and chairs on grass - jwanelle

Trendy backyard concrete paver and rectangular lap pool photo in Miami

Trendy backyard concrete paver and rectangular lap pool photo in Miami

Huge trendy rectangular pool photo in Dallas

Resort Modern in Frisco Texas Photography by Jimi Smith
Huge trendy rectangular pool photo in Dallas
Piscina y salida dentro de la piscina - sibyllemeier

Mid-sized trendy backyard rectangular lap pool photo in Atlanta with decking

Pool oasis in Atlanta with large deck. The pool finish is Pebble Sheen by Pebble Tec, the dimensions are 8' wide x 50' long. The deck is Dasso XTR bamboo decking.
The pool is 50 ' long by 8' wide, the shelf is 6" deep, the remainder varies from 3.5' to 5.5' deep. - vsross1142

Mid-sized elegant backyard stone and kidney-shaped pool fountain photo in Dallas

Mid-sized elegant backyard stone and kidney-shaped pool fountain photo in Dallas
not this - lamlar

Inspiration for a beach style backyard l-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Other

Inspiration for a beach style backyard l-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Other
gorgeous pool. love the fountain spilling in! - melissa_manas62

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

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

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

Pool fountain - contemporary tile and custom-shaped pool fountain idea in Dallas

Pool fountain - contemporary tile and custom-shaped pool fountain idea in Dallas
Love the fire area in the middle of the pool and the water falls in the pool!! ☺️ - webuser_998476875

Inspiration for a beach style kidney-shaped hot tub remodel in Portland Maine

Inspiration for a beach style kidney-shaped hot tub remodel in Portland Maine
LOWER DECK IDEA WITH HOT TUB - joanharman17

Example of a tuscan backyard stone and rectangular natural pool design in Houston

Example of a tuscan backyard stone and rectangular natural pool design in Houston
steps right to pool? - nazarethroofing

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard tile and custom-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Orange County

Photos by Jeri Koegel Installation by: Altera Landscape
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard tile and custom-shaped infinity hot tub remodel in Orange County
Cobalt Blue swimming pool tiles - buildermonte

Inspiration for a farmhouse backyard rectangular lap hot tub remodel in Los Angeles with decking

Inspiration for a farmhouse backyard rectangular lap hot tub remodel in Los Angeles with decking
the greenspace between the house and the pool - hailey_tanner3

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard rectangular lap pool remodel in Los Angeles

Landscape & Pool: Dan Garness Furniture & Decor: Nickey Kehoe Photography: Roger Davies
Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard rectangular lap pool remodel in Los Angeles
Pergola with Ivy- back patio etc - bryan_goins47

Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap hot tub photo in New York

Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap hot tub photo in New York
Outdoor Lifestyles called River Knoll - sforbes39

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