When planning for a pool, it’s important to consider a number of elements that go beyond the size of the yard and your budget. Obviously, those are both essential considerations, but you should also be thinking about your lifestyle and how the pool and yard will enhance the outdoor activities that give you pleasure.

Here are some ideas that will point you in the right direction.

“Lap” of Luxury Entertaining

Do you love to entertain? Or are you all about a good swim? With an arrangement like this, you can do both. A spacious surround accommodates ample seating, and a pergola provides shade. It’s a layout that offers plenty of area to move around comfortably and carry on cocktail-style party conversations. With the spa tucked off in a corner of the pool, there is also room for swimming laps.

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Freeform Fun With Room for Friends

With these two designs, what surrounds the pool is nearly as important as the pool itself. Both offer freeform “dip” pools, designed for cooling off or perhaps floating. A pool house provides a focal point, and the surrounding terrace offers ample space for lounging and entertaining.

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An Elevated Outdoor Living Experience

If spending time in the backyard with family and friends is your preferred summer activity, we can create an outdoor living experience guaranteed to wow. At Shoreline Pools, we don’t just build pools: “We Build Dreams,” and as your general contractor, we can add whatever amenities you desire. These homeowners have an oversized pool, ample surround area, plenty of seating and a luxurious outdoor kitchen with a stone fireplace.

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Get Cooking

For many of our clients, including an outdoor kitchen alongside their pool is a must. With something like this one, grill masters and their guests won’t miss a minute of their favorite sporting event as they enjoy fresh-off-grill steaks, burgers and dogs, thanks to the conveniently stationed flat-screen TV. With a refrigerator, ample counter space and a nearby dining table, outside entertaining is a breeze.

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Using Elements to Create a Sense of “Outdoor Rooms”

A fire pit is another very popular request with our clients. While many will opt to have the fire pit fairly close to their new pool, adding a second terrace, somewhat removed from the pool as we did here, creates a feeling of individual rooms.

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The Right Look

When we are designing your pool, ensuring that its appearance complements your home’s aesthetics is just as important as making sure it fulfills your dreams.

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A spacious pool with clean lines and virtually no surround reflects our client’s minimalist preference. Fencing with a strong geometric presence strengthens the look.

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At this property, a secluded home surrounded by lush gardens, we designed the pool and its surround to have the look and feel of a natural grotto.

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This pool is all about a cutting-edge approach to old-school style. Set in the bucolic backyard of an antique home, its look is decidedly historic, while its contemporary filtration systems are discreetly hidden from view.

If you are considering adding a pool, the first step is a design consultation at your home. While there, we’ll address every facet of process with you as we begin to craft the haven you and your family have always wanted.