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South Shore Waterfront
South Shore Waterfront
Sally Weston Associates
Anthony Crisafulli
Example of a classic backyard stone and rectangular lap pool design in Boston
Manhattan Penthouse
Manhattan Penthouse
designs by human.
Inspiration for a large contemporary rooftop rectangular pool remodel in Other with decking
AquaFX-OutdoorLivingFX
AquaFX-OutdoorLivingFX
AquaFX
Who said pools are boring? Our client enjoys endless fun going down the fiberglass slide, and jumping through the cave.This has fun all over it!
Water slide - tropical water slide idea in New York
Vinyl Pools
Vinyl Pools
JFM POOLS
Example of a large classic backyard custom-shaped pool design in Wilmington
Lake Austin Mediterranean Transitional
Lake Austin Mediterranean Transitional
Sendero Homes
Inspiration for a large mediterranean backyard rectangular infinity pool remodel in Austin
Summit Pool House
Summit Pool House
ML Interior Designs
Pool - coastal pool idea in New York
A sublime pool and spa set the scene for the ultimate resort atmosphere
A sublime pool and spa set the scene for the ultimate resort atmosphere
Indresano Corp.
Hot tub - transitional tile and rectangular hot tub idea in Boston
Stone House
Stone House
Rosalia Sanni Design LLC
Photo by Neil Landino
Inspiration for a timeless backyard rectangular lap pool remodel in New York
Modern Pool
Modern Pool
Example of a minimalist backyard rectangular and concrete paver pool design in Los Angeles
Beachside Bend
Beachside Bend
The Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design
Housed atop a sand dune overlooking a crescent shaped beach, this updated innovative shingle style home replaced an existing vacation home our clients purchased a number of years ago. Significantly upgrading what was previously there, the single characteristic they wanted to maintain was a curved glass element that made the home distinctly identifiable from the beach. The height of the dune is unique for the area and well above flood plane which permits living space on all three levels of the home. Choreographed to fit within the natural landscape, guests entering the home from the front porch are immediately greeted with stunning views of the ocean. Delicate wood paneling and textural details are illuminated by abundant natural light flooding the home. East and West facing stairs are greeted with a wash of sunlight in the morning and evening, illuminating paths to breakfast and returning to rest. Photo by Brennan Wesley
Outdoor living Charlotte
Outdoor living Charlotte
Sunmar Construction
Pool - contemporary pool idea in Charlotte
Whole House Remodel (transformation)
Whole House Remodel (transformation)
TRUPLANS INC
Pool and Grass Turf Truplans
Hot tub - contemporary backyard concrete paver and rectangular hot tub idea in Orange County
Healdsburg contemporary craftsman compound
Healdsburg contemporary craftsman compound
ROCHE+ROCHE Landscape Architecture
Marion Brenner Photography
Pool - traditional rectangular pool idea in San Francisco
Pool & Pool House
Pool & Pool House
Wagner Hodgson
Pool & Pool House Stowe, Vermont This mountain top residential site offers spectacular 180 degree views towards adjacent hillsides. The client desired to replace an existing pond with a pool and pool house to be used for both entertaining and family use. The open site is adjacent to the driveway to the north but offered spectacular mountain views to the south. The challenge was to provide privacy at the pool without obstructing the beautiful vista from the entry drive. Working closely with the architect we designed the pool and pool house as one modern element closely linked by proximity, detailing & geometry. In so doing, we used precise placement, careful choice of building & site materials, and minimalist planting. Existing trees were edited to open up selected views to the south. Rows of ornamental grasses provide architectural delineation of outdoor space. Understated stone steps in the lawn loosely connect the pool to the main house. Architect: Michael Minadeo + Partners Image Credit: Westphalen Photography
Hilltop Modern
Hilltop Modern
Nest Architectural Design, Inc.
Interior Design: Mikhail Dantes Construction: Beck Building Company / Scott Amaral Engineer: Malouff Engineering / Bob Malouff Landscape Architect : Mike Eagleton
Hillside Slope
Hillside Slope
E. B. Mahoney Builders, Inc.
Jay Greene Architectural Photography
Inspiration for a transitional indoor pool remodel in Philadelphia
Baker
Baker
Lewis Aquatech
Inspiration for a contemporary infinity pool remodel in DC Metro
River Knoll
River Knoll
Outdoor Lifestyles
Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap hot tub photo in New York
Strand Beach
Strand Beach
Jon Encarnacion Photography
Tuscan pool photo in Orange County
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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 328,417 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including ML Interior Designs and AquaFX. 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.