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HARFLEUR HOUSE - RAW ARCHITECTURE
HARFLEUR HOUSE - RAW ARCHITECTURE
Digital Photography Inhouse
Photography: Gerard Warrener, DPI Photography for Raw Architecture
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and decking.
Project | St Vincents Place Residence
Project | St Vincents Place Residence
Eco Outdoor USA
Architects: B.E. Architecture Photographer: Derek Swalwell
Inspiration for a modern indoor rectangular lap pool in Los Angeles.
Middle Park - Renovation
Middle Park - Renovation
Joseph Koprek Commercial
Inspiration for a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne.
Hawthorn 3
Hawthorn 3
Apex Landscapes & Pools
This is an example of a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and natural stone pavers.
Ormond
Ormond
Daniela Fulford Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary pool in Melbourne.
Cove House
Cove House
Reece Keil Design
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Gold Coast - Tweed with decking.
Good Residence
Good Residence
Granite Works
Pietra Grigio Limestone pavers with a Brushed and Tumbled finish surround this beautiful spa and pool combo.
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Melbourne with with a pool and natural stone pavers.
Assemblage house
Assemblage house
SPACEstudio
Photo of a contemporary pool in Other.
The Pavilion House
The Pavilion House
Danny Broe Architect
Mark Wilson
Transitional backyard rectangular pool in Sydney with a pool house and decking.
Carindale 4
Carindale 4
Utopia Landscape Design
Inspiration for a contemporary pool in Brisbane.
Glen Iris Pretty Weatherboard New Build
Glen Iris Pretty Weatherboard New Build
Everlong Constructions
Photo of a large contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Melbourne with a pool house and natural stone pavers.
Greenslopes Residence
Greenslopes Residence
Highgate House
Photo of a beach style pool in Brisbane.
Wishart
Wishart
Civic Steel Homes
Photo of a contemporary courtyard rectangular lap pool in Brisbane with a hot tub.
MALCOLM - New Home
MALCOLM - New Home
Big House Little House
Photo of a contemporary backyard rectangular aboveground pool in Brisbane with decking.
Elanora
Elanora
CarpetandTiles.com.au
Contemporary rectangular lap pool in Sunshine Coast with concrete slab.
VIVO Azure - Available on AirBnB
VIVO Azure - Available on AirBnB
Nathan Verri Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a tropical pool in Cairns.
Ilkley, Sunshine Coast QLD
Ilkley, Sunshine Coast QLD
Fluid Design
Design ideas for a large tropical backyard infinity pool in Sunshine Coast with decking.
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 326,579 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Nathan Verri Pty Ltd and User. 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.