An architect explains the structural elements of these modern visions, but feel free to just ooh and ah
Beating the summer heat can be as simple as hanging out in an air-conditioned room, but the lure of a pool can often be too strong for us to stay indoors. For those looking to invest in building an inground pool, the task can be daunting in terms of all the variables: the pool's location, its size, its configuration and how it relates to the house, not to mention its surfaces, both in and around the pool. This ideabook presents some modern yet varied pools, highlighting some of the various elements to consider when designing a pool.
Inground 1: Amitzi Architects, original photo on Houzz
Locating a pool close to a house can have numerous benefits. This example illustrates a couple: Sunshading attached the house can serve the pool and the adjacent deck; and the deck itself can serve both the house and the pool.
Inground 2: Balfoort Architecture, Inc., original photo on Houzz
This pool in Florida is logically placed in the courtyard of a U-shape plan. This makes the pool the focus of the outdoor space, but also an impediment. The stepping stones deal with the latter.
The stepping stones also align with the separation between two pools. The smaller pool is a hot tub, while the longer one is a lap pool.
Inground 3: Bradford Products, original photo on Houzz
This above-ground lap pool in Malibu, California, is a tight squeeze, inserted in a gap between a circular drum (at right) and a catwalk.
Inground 4: Mary Snyder, original photo on Houzz
A few striking pools end this ideabook. Here is one with a "window" on one side to reveal the swimmers underwater.
Inground 5: John Onken Architects, original photo on Houzz
And what would an ideabook on outdoor pools be without a zero-edge infinity pool? As the architects describe the pool, "it was careful fit into the existing rocky landscape for total scenery immersion."
Inground 6: the construction zone, ltd., original photo on Houzz
Last is this hot tub in Arizona, since summer is relative in some parts of the United States. Hot and arid Arizona can get quite cool at night, so a warm place to soak is called for. This design immerses bathers in the desert surroundings.