Starting to think about pool design while we’re in the coldest part of the year may seem strange, but it is never too early to begin brainstorming and getting ready for summer. Long gone are the days of a simple rectangular pool with a concrete patio surrounding it. 

Some of the best backyard pool designs incorporate landscaping, water features, and other elements to create the ultimate backyard oasis. Designing your outdoor space can be just as creative as creating something inside your home. Not only will it be the spot where you and your family create memories, but it will add value to your home. 

With summers only seeming to get longer and hotter, it’s time to add a pool to your backyard set up or redesign your current one. Be the envy of your neighborhood as you swim from the comfort of your own backyard. 

Read on for our top five design elements for your backyard pool. 

Best Backyard Pool Designs

Installing a pool in your backyard may seem like an unattainable dream, but many pool companies offer various financing options to help make your custom pool dream a reality. Once you’ve figured out what your budget is, it’s time to start the fun part – the designing!

Rocks and Waterfalls

Adding a small waterfall to your backyard pool is a good way to create a luxurious, resort-like feel. Relax while floating on your pool to the peaceful sound of the waterfall. You can get creative with different types of waterfalls, or even a water curtain, to add a calming element to your backyard. 

Create different levels to your pool using rocks and stones as barriers. Pick out different colors and styles of rocks to add in an artistic element. Use the rocks to create a cove in your pool with a grotto. 

A grotto can be used as an area for your kids to hang out or for when you need a little peace and quiet. Combine the grotto with a slide or water feature for added fun. You will feel like you’re swimming on a tropical island. 

Built-in Bar and Island 

To elevate your pool to the next level, add in a swim-up bar. Your home will be the center for all the parties with friends and families during the summer. Even if your pool area is small, you can still put in a swim-up bar as they don’t take up a lot of space. 

Your bar can put in the corner of your pool, with several stools in the water. If you have a larger pool, have an island put in in the middle of the water. You and your friends can swim up to the bar to enjoy a few drinks while you sunbathe. 

Islands don’t have to have only bars either. This can be a good area to incorporate waterfalls or a grotto. Put in added seating on your island to make the most of the space. 

Best Small Backyard Pool Designs

Even if your backyard lacks in square footage, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your space. To create an impact with your pool, explore different shapes instead of the traditional rectangular or kidney shapes. Work with how your yard is shaped to maximize the area. Small areas offer opportunities for unique pool designs.

There are still opportunities to have cool water features and landscaping, but have them serve dual purposes. The decking surrounding your pool can also serve as the steps going down into it. You can also install a swim-up bar in the pool as it will cut down on outdoor seating. 

Infinity Pools

Infinity pools are one of the most popular custom pools. If your house is by the beach or lake, it’s a good way to make you feel like your pool is part of the water.  An infinity pool will add an element of elegance and relaxation to your backyard. 

Your house doesn’t need to be on the edge of a cliff to have an infinity pool. Many designs can give that impression. Infinity pools don’t have to be large either. Create a small meditation infinity pool to relax in as you sip a drink.   

If you want to take it to an even higher level, add in an island that features only seating for you and your guests. A sunken seating area that looks out over the edge of your pool is a surefire way to wow your guests. 

Adding Design Elements

Once you’ve got the layout of your pool and backyard figured out, it’s time to move onto landscaping. The plants you choose can help decide the overall feel of your backyard. If you’re looking for a tropical vibe, add in some palm trees and bright flowers. Trees can also provide added shade to your backyard and pool area. 

Underwater LED lighting that changes color can add that wow factor to your backyard. Make sure your lighting can be adjusted based on what type of event you’re hosting or if it’s just a private evening at home. 

If you really want to feel like you’re at the beach, add in a “beach shore” instead of the typical stairs into your pool. Not only does it make it easier for kids and the elderly to get into your pool, but you will feel like you’re on a lake or beach shore. 

Time to Get Planning

Backyard pools are a great opportunity to create your own private oasis. Reinvent the feeling of being at a tropical resort without the hassle of having to get on a plane first. Custom pool designs are a great way to add value to your home and make you love where you live. 

We hope this has given you some ideas to create some of the best backyard pool designs. If you’re ready to get started, contact us at Sahara Construction & Custom Pools for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you give you the backyard of your dreams.