Having fun in the great outdoors is healthy, but sometimes it can get a little hot throughout the year. One of the best ways to stay cool while you’re outdoors is by hopping in the swimming pool.

If you’re interested in adding a pool to your yard, we are going to provide you with some great pool ideas. Continue reading this article to learn more about the best pool designs for your backyard.

1. Natural Swimming Pools

While natural swimming pools aren’t uncommon in many countries, America is not one of the countries they are popular in — as of yet. Natural swimming pools are becoming more popular in the United States as many people are learning about the possibility.

Natural pools allow you to blend and build with nature instead of using a lot of manufactured materials. While this might not work with every yard, it can be a great option for many families.

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All you need to do to create a natural pool is to dig a hole in your desired spot. You can make it as deep or as shallow as you’d like. To eliminate the need for steel reinforcement, all you have to do is slope the sides instead of making them vertical.

You need to have a designated plant zone and keep it separate from the swimming area of your inground pool. Put plenty of plants around your pool so you can avoid the need for filters, pumps, and chlorine.

2. Desert Hardscaping

If you don’t want to take care of a lot of plants, or if the area where you live isn’t going to allow for plants, try desert hardscaping. There are plenty of options to customize your space and you don’t have to worry about keeping desert plants watered.

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Picking some cool boulders for strategic placement, evening out the dirt, creatively putting down pebbles, and picking out plants that don’t need a lot of care is a great way to make your backyard look like a beautiful desert.

3. Get Your Laps In

If you want to use your swimming pool for laps, there’s no reason to take up more of your yard than necessary. You can create a design that is long and rectangular, so you can get your laps in and still have plenty of your yard to enjoy.

When you’re designing your lap pool, make sure to keep in mind that you might want to do laps during the early morning hours when it is cooler. Consider adding heating to your lap pool for the most enjoyable swimming experience.

Another thing to keep in mind as you’re designing your lap pool is the step placement. If you’re going to be using the pool to swim laps, you don’t want to accidentally swim into the stairs.

Instead of having stairs that are in the way, think about creating a little nook for the stairs off to the side, so you can come down easily and get the no stair feel.

It’s best to keep the pool balanced and clean at all times to ensure your laps make you healthy and not vice versa. To maintain a healthy and balanced swimming pool, check out the guides at ThePoolSupport.com.

4. Make It a Journey to Your Pool

When you’re trying to figure out where to put your pool, think about how you’re going to get there from your house. You can create a beautiful pathway to your pool that makes the walk there as enjoyable as sitting by the pool or taking a swim.

As you’re creating the pathway, think about how you can use the path to draw attention to the pool. You might have a path straight to the pool or if it is a little longer, you could make the path to wind its way to the pool.

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You have a lot of options for creating a path to your pool from natural stone, pavers, flagstone, bricks, stamped concrete, precast concrete, and more.

You can use a mixture of these materials to create an even more beautiful path to your pool. Consider using some of the same materials from your path around your swimming pool or in other parts of your landscaping.

5. Waterpark-Like Pool

If you have a big budget, there is a lot you can do with your backyard swimming area. You can even create a waterpark-like pool. You can add water slides, sprinklers, colorful landscaping, islands, water features, fire features, and anything else you can think of.

You can figure out some pretty extreme designs that you can add to your creation. Some people like to make their pools look natural while adding the element of fun, so why not put in a tree swing from a fake tree beside your pool?

6. Light It Up

If you enjoy swimming at night, then you need to add some lights to your outdoor space. We’re not just talking about light outside of the pool, but you can also put lights under the water.

Imagine being able to swim in a glowing pool underneath the stars. You can even get lights that glow different colors if you want to make it even fancier. Many of the LED lights that you can install these days will last for around 15 years, so you don’t have to worry about replacing the lights very often.

Awesome Pool Ideas for Your Outdoor Space

Now you know more about some of the most awesome pool ideas for your home. You can stay cool and enjoy outside even when it’s super hot.

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