Architect Malcolm Davis was worried. His client had called to tell him that she and her husband had bought a property and wanted to tear down an original farmhouse on the site and build a new house. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, an old farmhouse would be really cool,’” Davis says. “I was conflicted on how I felt about taking something like that down.” Then he saw the farmhouse.
You know what’s great about a photo of a pool? Imagining spending a lazy day next to it, with a great book and a beverage. Home pools like this aren’t on everyone’s list because of their cost, space requirements and maintenance. But the thought of them is still pretty appealing.
The Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa Photo courtesy of Master Spas, Inc.
Photo courtesy of Master Pools Builder: Medallion Pool Company, Inc., Asheville, North Carolina. Photo by Danny Radcliff
With winter on its way, it's a good time to evaluate your pool and have it ready for the bright days of summer. Every year, a large number of pool accidents are reported. Some happen on the pool's perimeters and others inside the pool. Slippery areas are among the most problematic. Though adults are reported to suffer from a pool's many hazards, children ages 1-4 are affected most.
A backyard pool is a privilege that should be enjoyed free of stress. If you’ve got small kids and pets running around your backyard, they are going to need constant supervision. These handy tips will help you to take extra precautions to ensure their safety, while helping you to relax in luxury. Use a Non-Slip Finish
Pool owners today have many choices for their pool finishes. Plaster is the most common, and it's still one of the least expensive finishes for an inground pool. Plaster is typically applied over a guinite (concrete) pool shell and can be dyed to suit different styles, surrounding materials and landscapes.
The nine inspiring winners of our 2016 Pinnacle Awards In the eyes of our esteemed judges, these nine projects represent the year’s best in pool and outdoor living design, earning each a Pinnacle Award.
In the last few years what was once seen as the prerogative of those living in warmer countries such as the United States, South Africa or Dubai has now been adopted by those living in less temperate climes. Now you can choose an indoor, or outdoor heated pool, add in water features or even build a pool house.
So many thoughts regarding the ownership of your own pool focus on the upside. There's no doubt there are many wonderful, life-enhancing reasons to have a pool - but maybe it's time for a word of caution. Rather than the things you do need, here's three you don't - and the considerations you need to make to accommodate them. Tree Terror!
Creating a balanced shape is the crucial first step in designing a pool that fits your home's taste and enhances your backyard. Spacing elements, shape, scale and style are often used to complement what already exists in your landscape.
Unwind after a long day in a Marquis® Hot Tub Photo by Martin Barraud/Marquis®
A natural pool can be just as luxurious and beautiful as a conventional pool. By BioNova Natural Pools. Photo courtesy of Artemis Landscpae Architects and Freddy's Landscape Co.
If you’re an avid swimmer, or your family loves hanging out by the pool, you’ve probably fantasized about someday having a pool to call your own. But when your backyard is on the small side, a swimming pool can seem like an impossible dream. Not so with these petite pools.
When this tech couple in Northern California decided to have an addition built to house a new pool, they envisioned a simple glass box tacked on to the end of their house. But after architect Chad DeWitt picked up his pencil and sketched out a few ideas for a more sculptural addition, the homeowners decided to take the plunge with something a little different.
Our esteemed Pinnacle Award judges have extensive experience—with backgrounds spanning architecture, pool design, and landscape design. We are grateful for their time and efforts in support of our commitment to elevating the pool design profession.
You can perfect your backstroke in the comfort of your own backyard with the help of a lap pool, designed just like a racing lane. Is a lap pool for you? It’s a good project for you if you love swimming, are looking for an in-home setup for laps or are interested in a low-impact workout.
If you haven’t been in a cool, shimmering blue swimming pool this summer, don’t worry. Summer’s not over yet. There’s still time to phone a friend with a pool or track down a public pool. In the meantime, let these 20 recent photos of the most popular pools on Houzz get you pumped up and ready for a swim.
If you could have any view of the world from your backyard swimming pool, what would it be? A long stretch of sunny blue coastline, a range of rugged age-old mountains, a deep green forest or maybe rolling hills of vineyards? Here on Houzz you can have it all. Relax and cool off with our tour of scenic swimming pools from around the world.
Soaking in a spa can be a great way to relax, rejuvenate, socialize, rehabilitate and reward yourself. Relaxing in the warmth with soothing jets massaging your tired muscles is something you might expect to do on vacation. But having this creature comfort at your back door? That’s an exciting proposition. And it’s very possible, too, as there are many home spa options available today.
An indoor pool has many benefits: year-round enjoyment, privacy, a comfortable and controlled swimming environment, regular exercise or physical therapy, and protection from the sun. While you may picture an indoor pool as a large rectangle similar to the one at your local gym, indoor pools have just as much design versatility as outdoor pools and can be suited to any size or style home.
We all know getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress are essential to our health.
The pool designer created a simply elegant poolscape by combining a vanishing edge with the rounded edges of a geometric shape. Added bonus: the far-off vista is invited to play a larger role in the setting’s tropical splendor.
If your goals for the new year include a new pool or spa (or a pool renovation) then you’ve come to the right place. The seven pool and spa designs below feature some of the most popular and innovative design trends for 2014.
It’s fun and exciting to dive into a beautiful pool, but it’s also fun and exciting to dive into the minds of the people who design those pools. We can imagine their dreams taking shape—and eventually see the coolest, splashiest, most innovative pool trends morph from ideas into reality for discerning homeowners.
The Pinnacle Awards, sponsored by Luxury Pools magazine, is one of the industry’s most prestigious honors presented to the world’s elite pool designers and builders.
EXPERT INSIGHT BY CRAIG BAGIN
Swimming pools may be commonplace in California backyards, but they all are not created equal. Designed and built by some of the best luxury pool builders in the world, the six California pools below are far from ordinary and feature some of the most stunning design elements, including sparkling Italian glass tiles and dazzling fire features.
We picked our six favorite Texas pools designed to impress. This collection of luxury pools showcases a variety of features, including LED lighting, fire bowls, rock waterfalls, bridges, and more. Which one is your favorite? 1. Sublime Sophistication
Infinity pools, also called zero-edge, negative-edge, and vanishing-edge pools, give the illusion that the edge of the pool goes on forever, disappearing in the horizon. In actuality, the water of an infinity edge pool flows over one edge of the pool (called a weir wall) where is it caught in a catch basin and re-circulated back into the pool.
If you’re looking for spa design ideas, there are many possibilities for unique custom designs, especially if you are looking for pool and spa combinations.
Today it seems no luxury pool is complete without the addition of a custom spa.
When a homeowner has only a small space to work with, or does not want to commit to a full-scale swimming pool, the ideal solution may be a hot tub or swim spa.
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From the rooftops of New York City to the hills of Los Angeles, these stunning swimming pools define the glamour and allure of life in the big city.