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Are you looking for inspiration for your custom swimming pool design? Here are some methods for getting your imagination revved up!

1. Books and Magazines

Your first stop for inspiration should be the library. Look for books and magazines that deal with residential swimming pool design. You will likely find images and ideas that you like in periodicals about interior and exterior design, residential landscaping, architecture and travel. Also, check out some items that feature resorts and hotels from around the world. As you browse, make note of the names of the architect or designer of pools and landscapes that appeal to you, so you can look that person up and see more of their work in other books or online. If you are allowed, photocopy or scan pictures of pools that have elements that you like, such as tile patterns or steps.

2. Hit the streets

Go for a walk in neighborhoods that you love. Look for areas that have upscale houses, or areas with a lot of hotels. See if you can spot any pools in the backyard…you may not, as they tend to be hidden from view, but now and then you can catch a glimpse. You can also pick up a ton of ideas for pool landscaping. If you can get to hotel areas, stroll in and have a peek at their pool area. Often, it will be visible from one of the dining areas. [Continue Reading...]

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The first thing you need to consider when designing your pool is its intended use. Do you want to swim laps, do physical therapy, exercise, entertain guests, let the kids have some fun, or impress your neighbors? After all, you want to get a pool for a reason or a multitude of reasons to enhance your life. A pool’s intended use has arguably the greatest impact on the way it should be designed, and therefore, the needs and wants your swimming pool is intended to fulfill should be identified very early in the design process. It is also useful to recognize the pool’s primary functions to help you narrow down your design choices. In the following sections we’ll go over some of the most popular benefits people get from owning a pool, and how these impact the swimming pool’s design.

Fun and Leisure:

The most frequent motive for obtaining a swimming pool is for family fun and leisure. A backyard pool is a great place to cool off during the summer, have fun with the kids and throw some inflatable toys around. If this is your only reason for wanting a pool, then the simplest, least expensive swimming pool designs will suffice. If your budget is large, then you may want to invest in some luxury, but otherwise an above-ground pool or a shallow in-ground pool would be enough to meet your needs. A pool that’s at a constant depth of 4 feet is sufficiently deep to splash around and swim the occasional lap in, but also shallow enough to provide safety for the whole family.

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You swimming pool designs can stretch as far as your imagination. You are no longer stuck having to settle on the drab blue or white surface of pools past. Today there are many tiles, mosaics and paints you can use to create a style that is uniquely your own. And when you get to the shape and exterior of the pool you can really go wild. Think of different materials you can use to create the pool of your dreams. If you have an above ground pool you are little more restricted in what you can do with the interior of the pool, but creating an elaborate pool deck is not out of the realm of possibilities.

You can transform your pool area into something exciting and fun. Planning will take time and research might not be that much fun but then again when you see everything you can do by looking at what other swimming pool designers have done with their pools it can really trigger your own imagination. And once you know what kind of design you are going to implement it will really get exciting when you start excavating the land and getting things underway.

If you’re having trouble getting started think about how much room you have to work with and then get out a sketch pad and doodle some sketches. Once you get a basic idea put on paper consider what materials you will need to put your ideas to action. You may need to consult a professional service. Companies that design swimming pools all day will have an easier time putting your ideas on paper and narrowing down what it is exactly that you want. But if you decide to do it yourself after you get the basic pool design down you need to think about decking and surrounding decorations. There is little to stop you from transforming your swimming pool designs into reality. Plan a good budget and you can easily fit your details into the swimming pool you want.

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