4 Easy Steps to Design Your Pool

You've been dreaming of your backyard paradise, but not sure where to start? Our 4 Easy Steps to Designing a Pool will have your dream a reality in no time! Customize your options below:

1. Choose a Pool Shape

  • Freeform, custom pools can be tailored to your site and landscape plan. Custom
  • Grecian pools are similar to rectangles, but with truncated corners. Grecian
  • This traditional shape makes a great recreational pool. Oval
  • A round pool is great for small yards. Round
  • Roman pools are like rectangles with semi-circles added to the ends. These are simply elegant, especially when internal steps are added. Roman
  • True-L pools are like two rectangular pools at 90 degrees from one another. Great for when shallow area activities and deep water activities are happening simultaneously. L-Shaped
  • Lazy-L pools are like true L-Shaped, but at 45 degrees from one another. Lazy-L
  • Kidney shaped pools are just that. They are easy on the eyes, and are a good choice when naturalized landscaping is used near the pool. Kidney
  • Modified oval shape with indentations on both sides at the center. The pool shape does not necessarily have to be the same size at both ends. Use the shape to create distinct deep and shallow ends, so multiple activities can occur in the pool at the same time. Figure 8

2. Select Pool Technology

  • Allows you to automate much of the operation process. By installing remote controls from inside your home, you can control your pool, spa, heaters, lighting, covers and more. You can program a hot tub to have it ready for you after a hard day at work. Automation
  • You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less. Energy Efficiency
  • In addition to being a healthy alternative for your skin, salt water swimming pools have several advantages over chlorine pools, including fewer chemicals, lower cost of upkeep, and minimal maintenance. Salt Generator
  • Adding a heater to your pool can extend the swimming pool season past the typical summer months and into the cooler weather. Heater

3. Select Aesthetic Enhancements

  • Striking water features that can be adjusted from a quiet trickle to a thundering river. Waterfall
  • These features protrude upward like mini-geysers and are usually built into a pool's shallow sun ledge. They are extremely popular with kids, look great with most pools and are fairly inexpensive. Fountain Bubblers
  • Can shoot up to 7 feet high and 8 feet into your pool with a smooth arc of water. Pulses of fiber optic light can be added to provide color that travels throughout the stream of the water to create your very own nighttime show! Laminar Jets
  • A graceful arc of water that enters your pool with a gentle splash. The stream seems to appear magically from your pool deck since the jet installs flush and out of sight. The result is a visual focal point that's simply captivating and a soothing sound that enhances the serenity of your backyard escape. Deck Jets
  • A swimming pool waterslide integrated into the pool landscape gives you the feel of a water park in your backyard! With endless fun for children and adults, a water slide is the ultimate addition to any pool. Modern swimming pool slides come in a variety of sizes. Waterslide
  • Individual colored LEDs are mixed and matched to achieve a vibrant spectrum of colors. These combinations are power sequenced to illuminate and cycle through colors at varying speeds, and in different sequences of color. Colored Lights
  • If your pool is set on sloping ground, a vanishing edge can add to the appeal of the pool. A vanishing, or infinity edge, has at least one side that is at the level of the pool's water. As the water runs over the edge, the pool appears to be floating on air. Vanishing Edge
  • A fireplace is the best way to make a statement in any backyard landscaping or pool project. This gorgeous focal feature can take on the design and feel of the house, backyard, or patio. Fireplace
  • A fire pit is one of the most common fire features and has become a standard backyard installation. Fire pits can range from 3' wide to as much as 6' or greater. Fire Pit
  • Outdoor kitchens allow you to use the backyard space around your pool like an indoor living space. Outdoor Kitchen
  • Hot tubs are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors and bring function and beauty to any home. Attached Hot Tub

4. Choose Your Decking

  • Poured concrete is popular both for affordability and malleability. Poured Concrete
  • Concrete can be finished in numerous colors, or it can be stamped so that it looks like stone, tile or brick. This type of surface is very similar to the stone finish. Decorative Concrete
  • Stones for pool decks are available in many sizes, shapes and colors. They are great for adding a natural aesthetic to your yard. Stone decking is the most popular choice for homeowners who have designed a natural-looking swimming pool with boulders and cascading waterfalls. It is extremely durable and can work with any architectural style. Stone
  • Pavers come in a number of different sizes, shapes and colors. You can use the same size or mixed sizes to create patterns of your choosing. Concrete Pavers, Brick Pavers, and Travertine Pavers are some of the most common pool deck pavers. Each of these materials is suited for pool deck paving because they can endure the effects of the pool water. Pavers

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