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Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie
Kiama Pools & Landscapes
Inspiration for a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and decking.
Dune House
Dune House
Acre
Large monolithic architectural details are something we try and bring into all our projects, it’s these details that allow us to be looser with wilder with our planting palettes and for the outcome to still feel considered. In this case, the benches allowed us to terrace the site creating activated zones to higher use of the functionality. Photography by Dan Hocking
Tara Vista
Tara Vista
Kristin Adam Design
Denise Rix Photography
Photo of a contemporary pool in Perth.
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.
Contemporary Pool
Contemporary Pool
Photo of a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Adelaide with concrete slab.
Balnarring
Balnarring
Natural Outlook Landscapes
Inspiration for a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne with decking.
Patios
Patios
Real Property Photography Perth North
Contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with decking.
Pool Decks
Pool Decks
DeKing Decks Brisbane
Deking
Inspiration for a large transitional backyard pool in Gold Coast - Tweed.
Sorrento
Sorrento
DB Build
This is an example of a contemporary pool in Gold Coast - Tweed.
Branksome
Branksome
Weststyle
Design ideas for an expansive contemporary front yard custom-shaped lap pool in Perth with a hot tub and natural stone pavers.
Pool House Adelaide
Pool House Adelaide
Master Constructions Australia
Pool house joined via an atrium to the main house
Photo of a large contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Adelaide with a pool house and decking.
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.
Nunawading
Nunawading
Striking Pools Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a contemporary pool in Melbourne.
Camberwell
Camberwell
Enkipools
Patrick Redmond Ian Barker Garden Designs
Large contemporary backyard rectangular infinity pool in Melbourne with a hot tub.
Taringa House
Taringa House
Shane Marsh Architects
Design ideas for a mid-sized midcentury backyard rectangular lap pool in Brisbane with with privacy feature and tile.
Lacuna House
Lacuna House
Bijl Architecture
Beach style rectangular pool in Sydney with a pool house.
Luxury swimming
Luxury swimming
Lindon Homes Pty Ltd
Three story home with Resort style pool.
Design ideas for a large contemporary custom-shaped pool in Brisbane with tile.
Cammeray poolside Jacaranda
Cammeray poolside Jacaranda
Think Outside Gardens
The brief for this large garden, was to transform an existing old swimming pool and update the garden spaces around it, bringing it up to date with the contemporary architecture of the house. The feature of the garden is undoubtably the magnificent Jacaranda that is incorporated into the design with a simple timber deck flush with the pool coping. Dark turquoise pool tiles show the tree beautifully reflected. Simple green boundary planting with dark coloured perimeter fencing create a soft moody palette. The addition of a Dragon Tree at the end completes the composition. A generous undercover entertaining area is located off the house with built in BBQ at one end. The success of this family garden design, pool and entertaining area is due to the careful selection of and minimal use of surfaces and materials so that the existing tree and pool shine.
Number 15
Number 15
Kirsty Ristevski @miss.sneakypeek
Inspiration for a contemporary pool in Melbourne.
Macmasters Beach
Macmasters Beach
P.Built Constructions
Design ideas for a beach style pool in Central Coast.
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 326,800 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including DB Build and Striking Pools Pty Ltd. 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.