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Swimming Pool Designs for your Dream Backyard Retreat

When most people think of building their swimming pool, they
imagine their ultimate backyard retreat, those swimming pool designs that begs you to jump in, get lost in the beautiful scenery and leave the outside world behind. The problem that rears its ugly head is always how to put that design down on paper or in your computer.

Most of the time, swimming pool designers don't listen to you or you may have a hard time verbalizing your ideas to them and they end up designing something they want to build instead of the pool of your dreams.

We are presenting here some swimming pool designs that you can download, then you can either take them to your pool builder as is, or modify them the way you want to fit your vision. We will present several different styles of swimming pools so you can get a good idea of what is possible...
which is just about anything! Let your imagination take you wherever you want to go with your pool!

When you find the one you like, you can either download it and
print it out and make modifications or use it as is. We will also have full sets of scale concept drawings available for sale at a fraction of the cost of hiring an architect. 

Considerations Before You Dig

Before you put that first 'shovel' into the soil, there are a few things to take into consideration. Careful planning now will save a lot of regrets later. A swimming pool built right will be an important financial investment and add to the value of your home.

A partial list of considerations would include;

1. How the pool will be used
2. Entertainment needs
3. Size of your lot
4. Budget
5. Style of pool & landscape
6. Sun exposure
7. Age of family members

Whether the pool will be used for exercise or recreation, playtime for toddlers or teenagers will determine to a large part the shape & size of the pool. So many options are available in today's swimming pools each one should be
considered as to function, cost and if it contributes or subtracts from the overall aesthetic of the pool.

Today's swimming pool design may include so many options, to name a few you may want to consider; Will it be the center of your backyard entertaining? What other elements might you want?, Outdoor kitchen?, Built in BBQ?, Fireplace?

Options available for your swimming pool now are; waterfalls, water slides, grotto, swim up bar, Baja shelf, beach entry, LED lights, infinity edge, spa, deck jets, raised bond beams, pebble finish, and the list goes on and on.

Sound overwhelming? It doesn't have to be. Start with a list of wishes, maybe everyone in the family could contribute, then you can all go through the lists and determine which ones will add to your ultimate goals for the pool and which ones aren't as important and can be eliminated.

Swimming Pool Designs Should be Artistic

How about a swimming pool design that reminds you of a favorite vacation destination? Hawaii, Bali, or the Caribbean? Maybe yours is a desert pool with clean lines and a desert landscape silhouetted against a wall.

Getting artistic with your pool design is what a backyard retreat is all about. The design and the options all work together to create your destination. The landscaping will be the frosting on this cake as it reinforces all the design elements of the pool.

Making Your Wish List

Right now get out a piece of paper, (or your tablet) and start to note your wish list. We will go over items to consider when you are designing your pool.

How will the pool be used?
Recreation?
Exercise?
Game playing?

Where do I want it located?
Centerpiece of backyard?
View from a room of the house?
Close up or far from the house?

How much entertaining will happen around the pool?
Dinner parties?
Large groups?
Intimate groups?
Family only?

Do I want to enclose the pool?
Are there issues with weather?
Issues with insects?

Building considerations:
Location of pool equipment
Setbacks
Fencing requirements
Building codes
Soil considerations
Childproof perimeter fencing


Landscaping Around the Swimming Pool

Landscaping in this swimming pool plan is the icing on the cake! Especially if you are building a destination pool, the landscaping will play a crucial role in completing the illusion.

If yours is a mountain pool, evergreens, grasses and perennials will make you feel like you're in an alpine mountain setting. If yours is a tropical pool in Fiji, then Palms, broadleaf leafy plants and flowering shrubs will be important to make you relax in your backyard getaway.

Choices of materials will also play a role in the overall look of your pool. Whether your decking is stone or concrete, coping choices, rock waterfalls or squared off spillways, all design elements can either contribute to or take away from your desired end result.

You will notice on our swimming pool designs, the landscaping and the materials chosen all contribute to the overall look and feel of the pool destination.

When choosing the plants to use in your landscape, you will need to choose plants that will perform well and thrive in your particular climate. If you decide to purchase our swimming pool plan package, we include a list of plants that will grow & thrive in your climate and still convey the feel you are looking for.

You also need to think about how much debris is produced by the plants you choose. Unless you want to spend all your time cleaning your pool, you want to make sure the plants are clean and mostly evergreen.

Easy maintenance plants also help to make sure most of your time in the yard is spent in the pool and not maintaining the pool & yard. Choosing the right plants is a crucial step in making sure your pool is one that you are excited about and not one you have regrets about.

Summing It All Up

In case I haven't make my point strong enough, proper planning is key to a swimming pool that will be enjoyed for many years and contribute the value of your home and one that is full of regrets and might even be detrimental to the value of your home.

Finding a reputable builder is in the top 3 if not the most important decision you will make. A good builder who is licensed, bonded, has hundreds of pools under his belt, and a list of referrals that is pages long (that you can contact)
will be the best step towards a pool building experience that is a pleasure instead of a nightmare.

Doing your homework here, and not falling for a fast talking salesperson who tries to sell you on making a quick decision to take advantage of a "sale" will be a very wise first step towards realizing your dream pool.

Please do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to check out this Association of Pool & Spa Professionals website.

Look at the professional swimming pool designs we have for you here and hopefully you can find one that appeals to you. You will have the option of downloading the design for free and printing it or you may decide to purchase our Swimming Pool Design Package which includes an overhead concept drawing showing the overall layout of the design and the landscaping.

All of the plants are identified, all materials are called out and everything you will need to reproduce the pool you see on our site will be there for you. We also include a page that explains how to install, care for your plants and everything you need to know to make sure your landscaping is installed correctly and will continue to grow and mature into the beautiful yard you are envisioning.

So take that first step towards realizing that dream pool you've always wanted. Look at the designs we have here, do your research, and take the first step towards that digging that pool and making not only your dream pool a reality, but the landscaping that goes with it. 

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