Pool Design Ideas
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.
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a pool house and concrete pavers.
Like the windows on the pool room - sarahwarfe
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Melbourne with a water feature and decking.
great for blocking extra sun light - amos_kurniadi
Contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Sunshine Coast with a hot tub and tile.
window - natasha_djemal
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Photography by Anastasia Kariofyllidis
Contemporary pool in Brisbane.
love this - melaniewilliams222
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Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete slab.
Very Cool! - melissa_gibson31
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Photography: Tom Ferguson
Design ideas for a contemporary courtyard custom-shaped pool in Sydney with decking.
Our courtyard but tiles not timber - suzanne_forster
Alterations to a house that takes on an expansive approach to architecture. client’s emotional brief was to push exterior connections and evoke relaxed recreational environment. functional brief was to enable a complex use of geometries and materials, using simple yet striking palette to demarcate areas.
Simon Wood Photography
fit narrow space. easy to keep clean - webuser_867162994
This is an example of a contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Brisbane.
good transition between indoor and outdoor - chaitu_cheruvu
Photo - Urban Angles
Contemporary pool in Melbourne.
Indoor pool I like it it's so perfect - mai_lewis
Photo of a contemporary backyard l-shaped lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete pavers.
Like lounging area right beside pool - andreacoull
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Perth.
great idea for the small yards they have in Vitoria these days , well anywhere - mahala_hughes
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular natural pool in Brisbane with a water feature.
Country side modern - arthur92
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Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Darwin with natural stone pavers.
pool - simone_freund78
Photo of a small contemporary backyard l-shaped pool in Perth.
flow from alfresco - kathysrdanovic
Photo of a contemporary rectangular lap pool in Other with a pool house.
Vergola like this. Posts are not too heavy. - jengeha77