Saving space and suited to both serious swimmers and toe dippers, lap pools can be a brilliant addition to the landscape
Maybe you long for a pool to cool you off during the hot months, but your skinny yard won't hold one. Or perhaps you're an all-business kind of swimmer: You want to get in, plow through your workout and dry off without so much as a winding-down soak. Whichever the case, lap pools — long, narrow pools designed for rhythmic strokes — are your answer. Need inspiration? Check out these inventive takes.
Lap Pool 1: House + House Architects, original photo on Houzz
Still and unbroken, this sliver of a pool feels like a perfect sheet of glass.
Lap Pool 2: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, original photo on Houzz
A modular metal canopy over this pool provides strategic stretches of shade and helps to anchor the pool visually to the main house.
Lap Pool 3: Lewis Aquatech, original photo on Houzz
Lap pools don't have to be outdoors. Wide, generous windows provide enough natural light that the space doesn't feel oppressive, and having a roof overhead means you can enjoy a swim in bad weather.
Lap Pool 4: Lang Pools Inc, original photo on Houzz
One end of this lap pool is walled off to create a hot tub. The layout provides twice the functionality without the need for a space-swallowing footprint.
Lap Pool 5: Studio William Hefner, original photo on Houzz
Lap pools can double as reflecting pools, and the one that abuts this villa-style home gives the landscape the air of a formal estate.
Lap Pool 6: Da Vida Pools LLC - Andre Del Re & Lisa North CBP, original photo on Houzz
Raised walls lined in red tile turn this infinity-edge lap pool into an oversize piece of sculpture. A patio juts over it so that swimmers don't have to hike their legs over the sides to enter.