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Pool Design Ideas

Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House
Manolev Associates
This is an example of a contemporary pool in Sydney.
Kewarra Beach Renovation
Kewarra Beach Renovation
Nathan Verri Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a tropical custom-shaped pool in Cairns with with a pool.
Entertainers Pool
Entertainers Pool
The Other Side Landscapes Pty Ltd
This pool was designed for entertaining with family and friends. The home has multiple entertaining areas across 3 levels. The glass faced spa addresses a level change to the basement rumpus and entertaining areas. Inclusions like the water feature, water slide, extended ledges and oversized swim out make this pool suitable for kids of all ages. Even the adults will enjoy these features when not using the spa or fire pit. No doubt this pool is luxurious with marble coping and concourse, fully tiled mosaic interior and stone clad feature wall. However, it’s the detailed integration with the architecture, gardens design and garden lighting which really sets this pool off. Photography Peter Brennan
Lilyfield 1
Lilyfield 1
Baker Developments Pty Ltd
Photo of a contemporary pool in Sydney.
Warrandyte
Warrandyte
The Garden Company
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard custom-shaped infinity pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete slab.
Wishart
Wishart
Civic Steel Homes
Photo of a contemporary courtyard rectangular lap pool in Brisbane with a hot tub.
Inner City Terrace makeover
Inner City Terrace makeover
schemes & spaces
Photo of a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Sydney.
Maylands, SA
Maylands, SA
WAX Design Pty Ltd
Photo of a large contemporary backyard rectangular aboveground pool in Adelaide.
Contemporary Pool
Contemporary Pool
This is an example of a contemporary rectangular lap pool in Sydney with tile.
Palm Cove Architectural Build
Palm Cove Architectural Build
Jasmine Axon Photography
Expansive tropical infinity pool in Cairns.
Windsor Project
Windsor Project
Brannelly Outdoor
Photo of a tropical backyard rectangular aboveground pool in Brisbane.
Bartram - New Home #3
Bartram - New Home #3
Mountford Architects
Line of site from the pool to those 300 year old paper bark trees in this rural location
Photo of a midcentury backyard rectangular pool in Perth.
Patios
Patios
Real Property Photography Perth North
Contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with decking.
Bridgeman Downs Brisbane
Bridgeman Downs Brisbane
User
Design ideas for a large transitional backyard custom-shaped pool in Brisbane with a pool house and tile.
Slate House Northcote
Slate House Northcote
Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)
Inspiration for a contemporary custom-shaped pool in Melbourne with brick pavers.
Blairgowrie, VIC
Blairgowrie, VIC
Home Styling Melbourne
This is an example of a beach style backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a pool house and decking.
Drake Brockman House
Drake Brockman House
TT Architecture
This is an example of a contemporary pool in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
Brighton
Brighton
Garden Constructions
Contemporary rectangular aboveground pool in Melbourne with decking.
Claremont
Claremont
Green Ridge Constructions
Contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with decking.
Contemporary Pool
Contemporary Pool
This is an example of a contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Adelaide with a water feature.
Swimming pools are heavenly during hot Australian and New Zealand summers and are the perfect way to cool down, relax, entertain friends and even get fit. A pool can also create visual interest, especially when you consider features like coloured pool tiles, lighting and landscaping. If you are short on space, you might still fit a lap pool, plunge pool or swim spa, all of which could be focal points in your small garden.

As you plan your pool design, map out your space and determine what size, shape and style works best for you. Browse the photos on Houzz for design ideas for above ground pools, inground pools, as well as pool landscaping and novelty features like pool slides or water features. Then, save your favourite photos to an ideabook, and get in touch with the experts behind your favourite picks.

What type of pool should I install?


The dimensions of your backyard will determine the type of inground pools you can install. Take into account boundary restrictions and pool fencing compliance. Fibreglass versions are cheaper, and quicker to install; whereas concrete constructions are better suited to tricky sites and give you more freedom in design. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t want to commit to an inground pool, above ground pools are a more affordable alternative. If you only have a small backyard, a plunge pool is a great solution, and can easily run along a boundary wall or down the side of a house. This option is also low maintenance, can be heated for use in winter, and can do double duty as a swim spa. A long, narrow space, on the other hand, could fit a lap pool, whereas a water feature could fill an awkward space. If your backyard features a stunning vista, consider an infinity pool to accentuate the view.

What pool fencing options are available?


While the specifics vary from state to state, fencing is required of most pool designs. However, pool fencing doesn’t have to obscure your pool design. Glass fencing is increasingly popular for this reason exactly, and is available framed, frameless, semi-frameless and even in-ground. A cheaper alternative is aluminium or steel fencing, which, again, are available in a variety of styles: flat top, loop-top, double-top and wire-based.

What pool landscaping features should I consider?


To get the most out of your pool, design an area that offers multiple hangouts. Include a nearby barbecue, dining area, seating for lounging and outdoor shower. Having shaded areas will give you more reason to stay poolside longer, too. Timber decking and stone paving are popular choices for pool surrounds, and are also helpful in creating zones. Just imagine a raised timber platform with a daybed – a luxurious, resort-style addition to any pool design. Leafy trees and rocks will create a more natural-looking oasis, and will help provide more privacy for swimmers. Where you want your landscape to be the main focus, keep pool equipment and furnishings to a minimum.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a pool renovation or are building a designer pool from scratch, Houzz has 322,966 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Green Ridge Constructions and Garden Constructions. Look through pool photos in different colours 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 ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.