There's a swimming pool type for every outdoor space–even long, narrow side yards or smack-dab-in-the-middle courtyards. From sleek, modern masterpieces to Mediterranean escapes to private waterparks to natural pools, we've found every size, style, design, and type of pool you can imagine. Dive in and be dazzled.
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Historic Tropical Beauty
A historic, circa-1850 home was restored and received a few new additions, like a pool house and carport. Bender & Associates Architects designed a pool that is appropriate for the period and design of the house, enhancing rather than overpowering the property. Lush tropical landscaping makes this a home that looks like an island retreat.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Fun Desert Hardscaping
A rectangular 33-by-14-foot pool comes alive with landscaping designed by Ibarra Rosano, including giant concrete balls by Holler & Saunders of Nogales, Arizona.Continue to 3 of 50 below.
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Green Roof Pool House
A modern backyard by Murray Legge Architecture of Austin, Texas, includes a pool house with a roof featuring grasses, sedges, and wildflowers native to Central Texas. Mortarless cut Leuders limestone on steel was used for the pool decking, while Bisazza mosaic glass tile covers the pool interior. Stools inside the pool were formed with tubes and gunite.Continue to 4 of 50 below.
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Family Fun Pool
A waterpark-like experience with an elegant design that will appeal to all ages is what Pool Environments of Dallas came up with for this entertaining backyard in Texas. The pool features stones, waterfalls and features, islands, colorful landscaping, and inviting artistic elements.Continue to 5 of 50 below.
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When in Key West, Florida, go with the natural landscape and make it tropical. Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture used Pebble Tec in Caribbean Blue for the surfacing, while a natural coral stone in a herringbone pattern was used for the pool deck and paving.Continue to 6 of 50 below.
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A lap pool at a private residence in Greenwich, New York, overlooks a river. Designed by Austin Patterson Disston Architects, the long pool was built to take in the view and is surrounded by Connecticut stone.Continue to 7 of 50 below.
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A sleek, modern small swimming pool by Pool Environments of Dallas is illuminated to coax its owners for a midnight swim. The side corner wall is raised to the level of the patio for a natural transition from house to pool.Continue to 8 of 50 below.
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Tropical Lighting Effects
Patdo Light Studio of Port Chester, New York, illuminated a backyard swimming pool to accentuate tropical features of the outdoor pool, including landscaping, waterfalls, and hardscape.Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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"Floating" pavers and a sculptural fountain in a small L-shaped pool in Texas add interest and continue the materials and lines of the surrounding patio in this design by Pool Environments. Fountains and vivid lighting make the pool a focal point.Continue to 10 of 50 below.
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A tropical plantation in Brisbane, Australia, integrates indoor-outdoor living with wood decking that leads to a pool you can easily jump in and out of. Designed by Skale, the pool is situated in a private courtyard and offers breathtaking views of Noosa, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.Continue to 11 of 50 below.
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Palm Springs Living
The pool of this stunning midcentury modern home originally designed by famed modernist architect William Krisel is on view from pretty much every room. Preserving the home's architectural significance and integrity was key to Studio AR&D Architects' renovation and restoration. The home represents the Palm Springs lifestyle that blends leisure and refinement, with a seamless connection between architecture and landscape that has become associated with modern desert and California design.Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Old Naples Beach Home
At a Naples, Florida, house, 41 West created a pool with a natural pebble finish to accentuate the clear water reflecting the sky, especially when it's pure blue. With the hot Florida sun in mind, the decking is made of cement pavers set in sand so bare feet won't get burned.Continue to 13 of 50 below.
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Bologna Farmhouse Pool
A terraced hill in Bologna, Spain, is a private spot for late-afternoon swims with views of the Mediterranean landscape. Designed by Deposito Creativo, Villa Privato Bertinoro features a farmhouse with places to relax and enjoy the scenery when not working.Continue to 14 of 50 below.
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Walk the Straight and Narrow
A nearly 16-foot-high living/dining area opens on three sides, one on the west to a lap pool that is a focal point at night when illuminated. Designed by EYRC Architects, natural vs. industrial and rough vs. smooth is played out in materials throughout this Venice, California, house.Continue to 15 of 50 below.
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A West Hollywood home gained vertical space and spectacular views in this remodel by Los Angeles-based firm (fer) Studio. The kidney-shaped pool was redesigned with glass mosaic tile and includes a spa and shallow wading pool for lounge furniture.Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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Beautiful Blue Tiles
A modern home in Melbourne, Australia, features a beautiful pool built by DDB Design Development & Building with landscape design by COS Designs Creative Outdoor Solutions. Custom-designed blue Bisazza tiles were used for the spa, while white tiles in the pool reflect the sky and can change. White lights are installed in the pool to intensify the blue tiles.Continue to 17 of 50 below.
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Modern Cabana and Pool
A remodel included a pool cabana that replaced an old enclosed back house and a pool with an architectural fountain feature and oversized plant containers. This was a team project that included Key Residential, Pool Environments, Jason Osterberger Designs, and Randy Angell Designs. The cabana includes outdoor ceiling fans and heaters, a built-in mosquito spray system, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with a linear fireplace and hearth that extends to the pool fountain.Continue to 19 of 50 below.
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A midcentury modern Alexander home in Palm Springs designed by Palmer & Krisel retained the original look and vibe but received some contemporary updates, like an integrated spa, ground-level fire pit, and a mosaic outdoor shower. H3K incorporated clever features like "moats" of grass between concrete slabs and choosing era-appropriate furnishings, like the pagoda California Umbrellas, CB2 chairs, and Surya pillows.Continue to 20 of 50 below.
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A timber- and steel-framed pavilion (pergola) connects the house to the infinity pool in this Brisbane, Australia, project by Skale Design. The pool surfaces are finished with a pebble pool plaster finish.Continue to 21 of 50 below.
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French Countryside Style
The homeowners wanted a French countryside look for their Dallas home. Pool Environments designed a curvilinear pool that includes a small extended wet deck and fountain with a stone waterfall feature. The project, spearheaded by Key Residential, includes Pennsylvania bluestone pavers surrounding the pool, with artificial turf grass in place of mortar or pebbles.Continue to 22 of 50 below.
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Inside, Looking Out
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and there is no need to stop when the temperatures drop. EB Mahoney built an enclosed room for a lap pool in a modern Philadelphia home, next to a wall with windows for an experience that is closest to nature.Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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A clean, classic rectangular pool with bullnose bluestone coping and a carpet of green grass that rolls right up to the water's edge was designed by Thomas Flint Landscape Design & Development for a large property in Ridgewood, New Jersey.Continue to 24 of 50 below.
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Proving that not all pools are geometric, this curvy design by Absolutely Outdoors in Houston is a pool for cooling off, exercising, and soaking in the bubbly spa at night—kind of a something-for-everyone situation. And if you want, you can just kick back and enjoy those fountains.Continue to 25 of 50 below.
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Sussex Swimming Pond
Is it a natural pool or pond? Amanda Patton Landscape & Garden Design created a swimming pond, with the pool located in the deeper section, while the shallow area houses a planted filtration zone. Patton says one of the pros of a swimming pond is that it looks good throughout the year and doesn't need to be covered during the winter since it's a pond.Continue to 26 of 50 below.
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An elevated lap pool by Secret Gardens in Sydney, Australia, is built of hardwood and concrete, with Ophiopogon Japonicus running the length of the pool.Continue to 27 of 50 below.
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To anchor those large granite boulders, The Landmark Group built raised pillars and benches while pouring concrete to accommodate the big rocks. Large pieces of flagstone quarried from local limestone were used for the pool decking, separated by 1-inch polymeric joints. Since the pool is in Toronto, Canada, it's drained during the winterizing process.Continue to 28 of 50 below.
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A Bridge in Texas
A large rectangular pool features a Tuscan-style bridge for a change of view or a thrill ride down the slide. Designed by Rosewood Custom Builders, the vine-covered structure is also nice to look at.Continue to 29 of 50 below.
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An existing land depression (dip) on a Vermont mountaintop was an ideal spot for Shepard Butler Landscape Architecture to build a pool that becomes part of the land. SBLA used local stone slabs and stacked them on the south end for a raised sunbathing platform. Stone steps lead to a niche with stone benches and an integrated fire pit. A stone waterfall, sculpture, and dive stone continue the natural look.Continue to 30 of 50 below.
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San Antonio Freeform
Mediterranean influences are evident in this freeform pool designed by Lewis Aquatech of Chantilly, Virginia. Among them: the use of flagstone, earth tones, accents of bright colors, shaded seating, and an outdoor dining area.Continue to 31 of 50 below.
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A Mediterranean landscape in Austin, Texas, was achieved by Brad Sharpe Pools by building a lap pool under mature trees. Sharpe recommends that lap pools should be a minimum of 34 feet in length. The interior finish is Turtle Bay Pebble Sheen by Pebble Tec.Continue to 32 of 50 below.
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Blending Into the Landscape
For a backyard pool in the Washington, DC, metro area, Poole's Stone and Garden used a pebble pool finish on the surfaces, then integrated stone and natural materials, for a look that blends with the natural surroundings.Continue to 33 of 50 below.
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Chestnut Hill Reflection Pool
A steel-reinforced pool features gunite construction and a gray marble plaster interior finish. Designed by Armond Architects, the regeneration area was built with a liner which is finished with river rock.Continue to 34 of 50 below.
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They say the greenest building is the one already built; the same could be said for existing materials. Stone Farm in Connecticut uses reclaimed curbing and accent pieces as coping for swimming pools and outdoor features for a unique, one-of-a-kind look and feel.Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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Eclectic Eco Pool
Natural pools have been popular in Europe for several years; this eclectic design by Bau-Fritz GmbH & Co. in Germany includes a pergola with a hanging cocoon-like treehouse chair.Continue to 36 of 50 below.
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Vanishing Edge in Costa Rica
A stunning modern home on the Costa Rican coast features a pool that is spectacularly illuminated by New York-based Patdo Light Studio in blues and oranges.Continue to 37 of 50 below.
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This elegant backyard design actually includes a pool barrier, which is required by law in Victoria, Australia. Each glass panel is held in place by a custom-fabricated stainless steel "clamp." The project, from Design Unity, allows unobstructed views of the pool and yard, and from the pool to the house and surroundings. The pool was resurfaced with royal blue Quartzon. Sealed sandstone pavers for decking are cool to walk on when Noosa temperatures rise.Continue to 38 of 50 below.
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Indiana limestone surrounds a Mediterranean-style swimming pool with integrated spa in the yard of a home in the Chicago suburb of Glenview. Designed by Rosebrook Custom Pools, the private outdoor space includes a vine-covered pergola and pool house.Continue to 39 of 50 below.
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LA Petite Pool
This beautiful Spanish bungalow in Los Angeles' Atwater Village features a small pool with hand-painted tiles and a fountain that make it appear larger. Designed by landscape architect Lisa Gimmy and Koffka/Phakos Design, the space includes additional seating inside the pool if you don't mind getting wet.Continue to 40 of 50 below.
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Inspired by early 20th-century modernist architect Irving Gill, this San Diego pool and landscape designed by Bill Bocken Architecture and Interior Design has Mediterranean features like climbing vines and palm trees.Continue to 41 of 50 below.
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Flagstone that flows from the patio carries out to the pool to form natural coping at the pool edges. Designed by Brad Sharpe Pools and Shows & Allen Landscape Architects, the San Antonio, Texas, yard includes water features and a vine-covered pergola.Continue to 42 of 50 below.
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Wine Country Escape
One of the many California dreams is to live in a vineyard. This property near Yountville, California, features a Craftsman-style house with Mediterranean landscaping by Roche+Roche, with Kennedy & Kennedy Architects, and Le Reve interior design. Bluestone pool decking features brick-inset "carpets" and a custom-tiled spa was designed by the owner and Metolius Ridge.Continue to 43 of 50 below.
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Rocks and Boulders
More than 200 tons of boulders were used to create the waterfalls of this natural-looking pool in Lodi, California. Liquid FX Pools built pathways, caves, and a 30-foot-long tube slide into the stunning water feature.Continue to 44 of 50 below.
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Ashley Cole was the interior designer for a farmhouse with a tiled lap pool neatly tucked in and accessible via a patio and several rooms of the house.Continue to 45 of 50 below.
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An indoor pool in Short Hills, New Jersey, designed by Katz Novoa Architects, allows light to filter in through overhead and side windows while still keeping swimmers warm and under cover.Continue to 46 of 50 below.
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Backyard Theme Park
Oklahoma flagstone set in concrete surrounds this family pool by Rosewood Custom Builders that also features Creme de Menthe Pebble Tec finish and a 30-foot slide.Continue to 47 of 50 below.
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A rectangular swimming pool with brick decking features an integrated spa that also received a brick coping, designed by Brad Sharpe Pools of Texas.Continue to 48 of 50 below.
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Design Ecology created an infinity pool that looks over Lake Austin features a sunken kitchen at the water level, along with a private spa.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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This one-acre property in California created by EPTDESIGN in the Italianate style features a landscape that is formal and also many playful elements, like fountains, urns, sculpture, and an armillary (sphere).Continue to 50 of 50 below.
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Dive and Slide
A stone diving rock and slide with waterfalls and native plants distinguish a pool in New Jersey designed by Thomas Flint Landscape Design and Development.