9 Design Tips for the Perfect Pool

9 Design Tips for the Perfect Pool

A backyard swimming pool is quite an investment. Not only do you want a pool that you love, but you also need a pool that fits your property and enhances its value. If you’re preparing to design or install a pool on your property, then you better make sure you’ve considered all of the details – big and small! The last thing you want is to end up with any buyer’s remorse.

It’s amazing how important the smallest details can be when it comes to the process of designing a backyard swimming pool and outdoor oasis. In order to help you end up with a final product that satisfies your specific needs and desires, let’s review some things that pool owners often forget.

1. Establish a Bottom Line Budget

Before you can even begin to turn your attention towards specific design elements, you must develop a budget. And we aren’t talking about a soft budget with room for movement. We’re talking about a bottom line budget that clearly defines your absolute maximum price tag.

It may seem like overkill to establish such a strict budget, but the reality is you can spend as much as you possibly want on a swimming pool. There are always upgrades, better materials, and bigger and better features. Without a budget, you’ll end up overspending and detesting your pool for years to come.

2. Consider Size and Shape

Two of the first things to think about are size and shape. It’s often hard to understand just how big or small a swimming pool is on paper, so try a little exercise to make sure you have a clear understanding of how and where it will fit.

Go out in your backyard and mark off the basic size and shape using tape, flags, or spray paint. This will allow you to better understand how much room there is and where other landscape elements will fit.

3. Think About Landscaping


One of the neatest parts about building a pool in your backyard is that it’s about more than just the pool. You’re also upgrading your backyard with new landscaping features and outdoor living spaces. It’s important that you think about these things from the very beginning.

Do you want lots of seating? Are you hoping to include rock features? Will there be flowerbeds and additional trees planted? Do you want to work around existing elements? These are all valid questions that need to be answered prior to any design work.

4. Remember the Weather

This may sound obvious, but you need to consider the weather. Weather not only plays a role in whether or not you need a heated pool, but it also has an impact on decisions regarding enclosures and surrounding features. Wet areas may call for enclosures or covers above the pool, while windy areas may necessitate heavily treed perimeters. You want to be comfortable when using your pool, so it’s best to think about these things upfront.

5. Pay Attention to Lighting

“In-ground pools use to have one or two large lights embedded into the wall that light up the water for nighttime swimming, one in the deep end and one in the shallow end of the pool,” says Peter Walsh of HGTV. “Now it’s all about LED lighting systems that can transform your pool into an aquatic experience.”

It’s important that you think strategically about lights. Not only do you want to position lights in such a way that they make your pool look aesthetically pleasing, but you also want to ensure stray lights aren’t shining in your face or highlighting elements that don’t need to be exposed.

6. Keep Transitions in Mind

One aspect very few homeowners think about is the transition between the swimming pool and the home, but this is an important element that should be on your list of considerations.

In order to build a swimming pool that cohesively fits with your property, you need to think about things like entry points, existing landscaping, hardscapes, porches, patios, and more. The goal is to create separation between the pool and the home, but to merge the two in a way that makes it comfortable and easy to use.

7. Consider Local Rules and Regulations

It’s imperative that you understand local rules and regulations prior to designing your pool. Does the county require certain fencing around the pool? Does your homeowner’s association have limits on size and placement? Ignore these issues and you’ll face steep fines and lengthy delays once construction starts.

8. Think About Material Selection and Aesthetics

Once you have the shape and layout of your design figured out, you’ll want to focus on the details. There are a bunch of different materials and surface finishes for things like fencing, wall cladding, interior tiles, and more. Try to mix and match in tasteful ways to develop a unique look that reflects your style.

9. Don’t Forget About Resale Value

Finally, you can’t forget about resale value. While you certainly aren’t planning on moving anytime soon if you’re building a swimming pool, don’t assume that you’ll be the only one enjoying this pool. When you decide to sell – whether it’s 5, 10, or 15-plus years down the road, you want to ensure the pool adds value to the property. 

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At Designer Pools of Tulsa, we understand the importance of pool design. We have over 16 years of experience in the area and have built our entire business on customer service and attention to detail. Whether you’ve designed and built a pool in the past, or this will be the first pool you’ve ever owned, we will take every detail you provide seriously.

If you’re interested in learning more about the process and the services we provide, then please contact Designer Pools of Tulsa today and request a free quote! We look forward to speaking with you in more detail.