Inground Pool Design Ideas for Backyards


Adding a swimming pool to your backyard landscape opens up a world of design possibilities. While yard size, topography and budget play large roles in pool design, your personal preferences come into play as well. Whether you prefer a pool with clean, symmetrical lines or one that resembles a jungle lagoon, your pool builder can help you design the backyard vacation spot of your dreams.


  • Often a rectangle, geometric pools are typically symmetrical. They have clean lines and a classic look. Because their symmetry provides them with a certain degree of formality, homeowners often use them in formal gardens. Geometric pools can be ideal for modern, contemporary settings because of their clean, uncluttered lines.


  • With their flowing, natural shapes and curving lines, free-form pools are designed to look like something Mother Nature created. They work well in more naturally landscaped backyards, such as yards with curved and asymmetrical flower beds, as opposed to symmetrical, formally planted gardens.


  • If you have an oddly shaped or small yard, consider squeezing in more pool square footage with an L-shaped pool. You can integrate these pools into your home's exterior design to take advantage of and highlight the shape of your home.

Lap Pools

  • As the name suggests, lap pools are primarily for exercise enthusiasts who want to swim laps. Often 50 feet long or more, lap pools are long and narrow, but you can design one to incorporate features that add interest, such as fountains, or additional purpose, such as a wading area, tanning ledge or spa.

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  • At around 3 to 4 1/2 feet deep, play pools are generally shallow, allowing guests to stand at all times. Diving pools must be deep enough to safely accommodate head-first divers; minimum depth varies from state to state. Activity pools include a diving board, slide and other play equipment such as a basketball goal or volleyball net.

    Advances in technology and pool construction have lead to infinity edge pools and perimeter overflow pools, each of which have interesting edge treatments. Infinity edge pools look as though they extend beyond their border into another body of water, while all sides of perimeter overflow pools spill over into a hidden catch basin.

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