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Pool House
Pool House
BMA Architects
Inspiration for a huge contemporary backyard custom-shaped infinity pool house remodel in New York
Five Star Fabulous
Five Star Fabulous
Green Scene Landscaping & Pools
This backyard has it all and more. A large pavilion shelters an outdoor dining room and sunken outdoor kitchen, bathroom, and oversized spa. An all weather outdoor television set swivels for spa bathers or diners. Closer to the house is another outdoor kitchen, another outdoor TV, and an outdoor living room. Photo by Paul Jonason
Nancy Creek Guesthouse and Pool
Nancy Creek Guesthouse and Pool
Philip Babb Architect
South view of pool and guest house. Erica George Dines Photography
Large minimalist backyard rectangular and stone natural pool house photo in Atlanta
Elegantly Staged Outdoor Living Space
Elegantly Staged Outdoor Living Space
Samarotto Design Group
Inspiration for a timeless custom-shaped pool remodel in New York
Florida Historic Renovation
Florida Historic Renovation
Clifford M. Scholz Architects, LLC
This home was built in 1926 and is on the Historic Register. The home was in mild disrepair and the new owner wanted updated utilities and amenities while not sacrificing the historical registration or integrity of the home.
Modern Pool
Modern Pool
Example of a minimalist pool design in Los Angeles
Calming Pool Haven in Hauppage, NY
Calming Pool Haven in Hauppage, NY
Above All Masonry Design, Inc
Evoking a sense of calm and equilibrium for all who visit, this symmetrical poolscape provides a haven in a Hauppauge, NY backyard. Unilock Beacon Hill Smooth pavers, with custom-made 2'x2' slabs, provide a smooth transition from the side walkway and up the stairs to the elevated, geometric pool. As guests and family gather on the expansive poolside patio, they can take in plenty of sun while listening to the calming rush of three nearby waterfalls. The stone-like design weaves its way around the property, leading right up to the front door for ultimate curb appeal and elegance. From the front yard to the back patio, clean lines and a delicate balance encompass both the paver and pool design, while incorporating lush gardens and symmetrical hedges.
Crisp Architects
Crisp Architects
Crisp Architects
Berkshire Pool House. Photographer: Rob Karosis
Example of a country rectangular pool house design in New York
Crescent Estate
Crescent Estate
L. Lumpkins Architect, Inc.
rear yard with pool and cabana
Pool house - huge 1960s backyard stone and rectangular pool house idea in Dallas
The Newcastle by John Cannon Homes
The Newcastle by John Cannon Homes
John Cannon Homes
Designed with a nod to the Modern Movement of architectural styles, The Newcastle's exterior elements include horizontal Nichiha vintage wood cedar planks offset by Modera tailored and stacked ledgestone and a welcoming path of deep gray slate pavers. The horizontal grid lines in the home's 10' black iron double doors are mimicked throughout the home and add a classic modern feel to the windows, sliding glass doors, and an all-glass, temperature-controlled wine room. The Newcastle's great room is open to the chef's kitchen that features two separate quartzite islands, one with a beveled waterfall edge that's perfect for either casual dining or entertaining. Just off the kitchen, the wine room with a backlit blue-agate accent wall leads you into the home's bonus room, complete with a beverage refrigerator, humidor, and access to a private courtyard. The great room overlooks the spacious outdoor living areas which feature your own putting green, fire pit, pool and plenty of space for lounging, cooking and dining. The master suite has a volume ceiling, oversized windows overlooking the pool and lake with a private entrance to the rear lanai. The master bath features a recessed tub, a glass-enclosed shower that is centered within the room and surrounded by walls of glass, two separate vanities, water closets, and elegant courtyards, and of course spectacular closets. Additional living spaces inside this 4,806 SF home include a separate Casita, two additional en-suite guest rooms, study, walk-in pantry, laundry room, and 4-car split garage.
The Sanctuary | Fall 2020
The Sanctuary | Fall 2020
Tim Perry Photography
Inspiration for a timeless backyard concrete paver and custom-shaped water slide remodel in Omaha
Cat Mountain Residence
Cat Mountain Residence
Cornerstone Architects
Conceived as a remodel and addition, the final design iteration for this home is uniquely multifaceted. Structural considerations required a more extensive tear down, however the clients wanted the entire remodel design kept intact, essentially recreating much of the existing home. The overall floor plan design centers on maximizing the views, while extensive glazing is carefully placed to frame and enhance them. The residence opens up to the outdoor living and views from multiple spaces and visually connects interior spaces in the inner court. The client, who also specializes in residential interiors, had a vision of ‘transitional’ style for the home, marrying clean and contemporary elements with touches of antique charm. Energy efficient materials along with reclaimed architectural wood details were seamlessly integrated, adding sustainable design elements to this transitional design. The architect and client collaboration strived to achieve modern, clean spaces playfully interjecting rustic elements throughout the home. Greenbelt Homes Glynis Wood Interiors Photography by Bryant Hill
Lowcountry Classic
Lowcountry Classic
Josh Atkinson - Atkinson Pools and Spas
15' x 45' Pool, Exposed, Polished Quartz Finish, Tumbled Travertine Coping and Decking, PCC 2000 Self Cleaning Pool System, L.E.D. Lighting
Example of a classic pool design in Charleston
Natural Waterfall & Swimming Pool
Natural Waterfall & Swimming Pool
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
A Memorial area family commissioned us to create a natural swimming pool in their back yard. The family already had a standard pool on premises, but it was isolated in an area of the yard not particularly suited to seating guests or hosting get-togethers. What they wanted was a second, natural swimming pool built that would serve as the hub of a new home outdoor entertainment area consisting of a new stone patio, comfortable outdoor seating, and a fire pit. They wanted to create something unique that would preserve as much of the natural features of the landscape as possible, but that would also be completely safe and fully functional as a swimming pool. We decided to design this new landscaping plan around a pre-existent waterfall that was already on the property. This feature was too attractive to ignore, and provided the ideal anchor point for a new gathering area. The fountain had been designed to mimic a natural waterfall, with stones laid on top of one another in such a way as to look like a mountain cliff where water spontaneously springs from the top and cascades down the rocks. At first glance, many would miss the opportunity that such a structure provides; assuming that a fountain designed like a cliff would have to be completely replaced to install a natural swimming pool. Our landscaping designers, however, came up with a landscape plan to transform one archetypal form into the other by simply adding to what was already there. At the base of the rocks we dug a basin. This basin was oblong in shape and varied in degrees of depth ranging from a few inches on the end to five feet in the middle. We directed the flow of the water toward one end of the basin, so that it flowed into the depression and created a swimming pool at the base of the rocks. This was easy to accomplish because the fountain lay parallel to the top of a natural ravine located toward the back of the property, so water flow was maintained by gravity. This had the secondary effect of creating a new natural aesthetic. The addition of the basin transformed the fountain’s appearance to look more like a cliff you would see in a river, where the elevation suddenly drops, and water rushes over a series of rocks into a deeper pool below. Children and guests swimming in this new structure could actually imagine themselves in a Rocky Mountain River. We then heated the swimming pool so it could be enjoyed in the winter as well as the summer, and we also lit the pool using two types of luminaries for complimentary effects. For vegetation, we used mercury vapor down lights to backlight surrounding trees and to bring out the green color of foliage in and around the top of the rocks. For the brown color of the rocks themselves, and to create a sparkling luminance rising up and out of the water, we installed incandescent, underwater up lights. The lights were GFIC protected to make the natural swimming pool shock proof and safe for human use.
Southhampton, NY
Southhampton, NY
Custom Island Homes
Mountain style rectangular infinity hot tub photo in New York with decking
Upper Saucon Outdoor Kitchen
Upper Saucon Outdoor Kitchen
GL Callow Building & Remodeling
Pool - victorian brick pool idea in Philadelphia
Miami Beach Water Front house
Miami Beach Water Front house
Associated Design Co
Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard rectangular pool remodel in Miami
Hillside Modern - Designer, Architect, and Interior Designer
Hillside Modern - Designer, Architect, and Interior Designer
JBB | architecture + interiors
Pool and amenity deck is located on the second floor, above the first.
Hot tub - large modern rooftop tile and rectangular natural hot tub idea in Atlanta
Houston Rustic
Houston Rustic
McDugald-Steele
Pool - mid-sized mediterranean backyard stone and rectangular pool idea in Houston
Bluff House
Bluff House
Sunarc Studio / Architecture, Art & Design
Mid-sized mountain style indoor tile and rectangular infinity pool photo in Milwaukee
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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 331,964 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including BMA Architects and Brown Dion Design. 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.