8 Cool Pools
Oceanside pools aren’t just for posh resorts. Find a style you’d love coming home to―whether it’s a luxurious infinity version or a petite lap pool that opens right up to your family room―and take the plunge.
Before You Dive In: Consider an irregular shape with curves that evoke the ocean’s edge. Proper siting and choice of materials connects your oasis to its surroundings and ensures you’ll love it for years to come. Mimic the shore with watery blue tiles and stones in sandy hues.
Before You Dive In: Oceanside pools can get pretty windy, so construct a low wall that will block breezes without blocking the view. A pool house (or two) will keep towels, sunscreen, and other essentials on hand, while concealing pumps, heaters, and other equipment.
Before You Dive In: Want a pool but don’t think you have the room? Take cues from this scene―the narrow lap pool visually lengthens the backyard, and the hedge wall adds greenery without wasting valuable space. Remember, check property lines and building codes, which often define the pool’s shape, design, and placement.
Before You Dive In: Remember that lush landscaping may mean time spent scooping leaves out of your pool. Carefully consider where you site your plantings.
Before You Dive In: Research local water restrictions. Update your oasis with a water-saving pump and well-suited filter, and use a pool cover to limit evaporation.
Before You Dive In: Popular in the early 20th century but now prohibited in many municipalities, tidal saltwater pools require diligent maintenance. If constructing one is out of the question, you can achieve the look by incorporating natural stone and native landscaping into an infinity pool.
Before You Dive In: Find inspiration in your surroundings. Here, rusty hues echo the tile roofs below and complement the deep blue skies and aqua surf. Outfit your pool deck with seating that will weather the elements and promise hours of R&R.
Before You Dive In: Evaluate your location. This pool is built above ground because the shoreline of Fire Island, New York, constantly shifts.