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Splash Into the Top 10 Trending Pool Photos

Clean lines, waterfalls, fire features and bubble lights are some of the elements in these recently uploaded pool photos


To kick off summer, we rounded up the most popular pool photos uploaded to Houzz in the past three months. But none of the designs are — dare we say it? — watered down. Whether you’re ready to dive into a pool renovation or you’re looking for a refreshing dose of inspiration, don’t miss this count down of the 10 most-saved pool photos during the spring of 2019.




10. Contemporary Cool

AMS Landscape Design Studios designed this luxurious pool and patio in Orange County, California, for clients who enjoy entertaining friends and having quiet evenings at home. Clean lines and crisp edges dominate and give the design a contemporary style that coordinates with the home.

On the cool-gray tiled patio seen here, an elevated platform deck with fire features on either side sets the stage for four chaise lounges, inviting people to sit back, relax and take in the view.

















9. Bubble Lights

As part of a larger backyard renovation for a home in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, dSpace Studio carved out room for a spa plunge pool. Measuring 5 feet wide, 14 feet long and 4 feet deep, the spa is surrounded by resilient porcelain tiles.

But the real showstopper is the whimsical wave of bubble-like lights mounted along the back wall. Made of UV-and water-resistant plastic, the lights provide subtle illumination in the evening and add interest to the wall whether or not they’re in use.

















8. Oceanview Drama

For this beachfront home in Newport Beach, California, an extra-long rectilinear infinity pool stretches from the home to the property’s edge, drawing one’s eye straight out to the ocean view. The design, by Wolf Design Studio, makes the most of the already exceptional site and elegantly complements the home’s contemporary, minimalist architecture.

















7. Modern Pool House

This peaceful pool bordered by a tile edge and lawn overlooks a hillside of fields and forest in upstate New York. The description from The Art of Building, the design-build firm behind the pool and pool house, is “a modern take on the pool house concept.” The pool house has a simple, modular design, open-air seating areas and a wood-clad changing room.

With the woodland nearby, the wood-sided pool house, outdoor kitchen and wooden deck chairs are well-suited to the site.


6. Tropical Whites

Bordered by a row of palms and coral flowers, this backyard pool in Orlando, Florida, inspires dreams of a tropical getaway. Signature Landscape Contractors’ design is restrained and uses a clean white color palette that ties the design in with the house. A white-tiled fire feature centered on the right side of the pool wall comes to life in the evening, providing a focal point for the adjacent seating area.





















5. Wine Country Classic

Another rectilinear, clean-lined pool caught the eye of Houzz users this spring. This pool is located in Calistoga, a wine country town in Northern California. The space’s design, a collaboration between the architects at JKT Associates and the landscape designers at merge studio, features a simple rectangular pool surrounded by a flagstone patio. The warm grays and browns of the flagstone complement the pool house and wooden chaise lounges for an expertly integrated design.

















4. Hoop Dreams

A backyard with a poolside basketball hoop could well be any kid’s favorite summer hangout. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, architect William R. Powell made sure that the poolside hoop looked sleek and unobtrusive on the tile patio. With seating areas under the shady veranda for dining and around the poolside fire pit for lounging, this backyard is set up for abundant entertaining.

















3. Fire and Water

It’s all about drama and contrast with this pool and spa in Parkland, Florida. The design, by Van Kirk & Sons, includes two potted fire features that not only have flickering flames but also spill water into the pool. And as if that weren’t enough, a second waterfall cascades from a pergola extending from the house, creating a veil of water between the pool and seating area.

















2. Modern Farmhouse

White tile sets off the turquoise water in this elegant pool design by Scribe Studio for a Southern California home, framing the reflection of mature oak trees. The pool itself is simple and contemporary, with a clean, rectilinear footprint and crisp edges, a look that complements the modern farmhouse-style home.

















1. Falling Water

Taking advantage of the natural grade changes in this Nashville, Tennessee, backyard, the designers of this luxurious pool added not one but two waterfalls. For the higher one, set among boulders on the far side of the pool, water cascades into the pool; the lower waterfall in the foreground spills over from the pool edge. The overall effect is of a pool set within a natural river cascade.




Lauren Dunec Hoang July 12, 2019


Houzz Contributor. Landscape designer, a former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset's Editorial Test Garden. Her garden designs have been featured in the Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping, Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (cover), Inhabitat, and POPSUGAR.

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