Custom Swimming Pool Design - How to Create Your Own Unique Pool Design

by Pool Builders on 04-24-2010 in Articles

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.

3. Be a couch potato

Turn movie night into pool design night! Rent a bunch of movies that have plenty of poolside scenes, or are set somewhere that you love. Watch some TV shows (yes, even some really, really bad ones) that take place in areas with a lot of water and pool action...if a show is set somewhere warm, like Miami or Los Angeles, then you are bound to see some pool scenes. And if there are lots of mansions in the show, there are almost always lots of pool scenes! Have a pad of paper in hand, and be ready to pause and make note of elements that you love.

4. Make a list

What do you want to do in your pool? Will you simply lounge around, floating on an inflatable raft, or do you want to swim laps? Will your kids use it for fun, or do you want to entertain adults as well? Think about the different people that will use the pool, and how they will use it. What will you need? What would enhance the experience? What would take away from it?

5. Make your idea book

All of this information has to go somewhere. Get a three-ring binder to organize all of your pictures, sketches, notes and ideas. Using a binder rather than a notebook allows you to easily place and remove pages, or rearrange items, without having to rip anything out. Yo may want to organize your book according to elements, such as slides you love, or tile patterns that catch your eye.

After some very enjoyable research, you are sure to come up with plenty of custom swimming pool design ideas. Then your only problem will be deciding which one to choose!

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