SWIMMING POOL IDEAS
There’s a swimming pool 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.
MODERN SWIMMING POOL
Modern swimming pool design does not always mean that a pool was built recently or has all of the most high-tech features and materials. Modern pool design dates back to California in the 1930s, when wealthy movie stars were able to afford houses with landscaping that blended the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These early residential pools often reflected the home’s architecture, complementing its design rather than competing or looking like a stand-alone feature.
In designing residential swimming pools, there are two basic types:
- Architectural Pools: These complement the architectural style of the house and often have more formal lines or geometric shapes.
- Naturalistic: Inspired by nature and its surroundings, this type of pool has more freeform shapes with faux rock formations, waterfalls or features, gradual beach-like entries, and themed landscaping (tropical, desert, etc.).