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The Luxury Swimming Pool Guide

Adding a swimming pool can make your home the place to gather, whether for your family or to host big parties. However, it’s not an endeavor you can just dive into without careful consideration. You have a lot of decisions to make.

You have to think about your available space, the type of pool, the design, and the extras that will make it a showpiece.

You also can’t forget about the cost. You might dream of a backyard oasis that would make a Hollywood celebrity (or at least your neighbors) jealous, but your budget has the final say on which features and extras you add to your pool.

Still, choosing luxury swimming pool builders will help ensure that your dreams become a reality. We’ve put together this guide to help you create a backyard you’ll want to hang out in every day.

How Much Room Will You Need?

A big consideration when building your dream backyard is the dimensions of the pool and patio. The size of your yard is essential, but even if you have a small yard you can still build something spectacular.

The average deck is anywhere from 600 to 900 square feet. Some experts recommend that you have a patio with at least a three feet perimeter around the pool to keep out debris. It’s safer for those walking around, too.

You need to think about how you will use the patio. Do you want space for a barbecue station, outdoor eating, or wet bar? Do you still want grass where the kids or the dogs can run around? 

These should all be considerations when planning and designing your pool.

Types of Luxury Pools

Next, you need to think about what type of pool you want. If you’re going for an inground pool, there are three basic types based on the materials used.

1. Concrete/Gunite

One of the most common types of pools uses steel-reinforced concrete and plaster to create a shell. The plaster-coated shell allows it to hold water.

2. Fiberglass

Fiberglass pools come as a pre-formed shell that is lowered into the excavated hole. It’s known as a “ready-made” option. Most manufacturers offer several different models and sizes. There isn’t as much room to build a custom design, however.

3. Vinyl

This type of pool combines vinyl with a metal or plastic frame. It can be set above ground or inground. The supporting walls are made with plastic, steel, or aluminum. The vinyl liner then forms the shell around the walls.

Pool Designs

There are many different options when it comes to luxury swimming pools. With many of these designs, you can customize as much as you want.

Infinity pool – These pools are custom built to offer an unobstructed view of your surroundings. The “disappearing” or “zero” edge gives the illusion of dropping over the edge of the property. 

Architectural pool – This pool is designed to match the architectural style of your home. Often this is done at the same time the house is being built, but it can be done later. 

Recreational pool – A variation of the architectural pool, this design can include fun features such as water slides, shade cover, tunnels, or caves. If you have young kids this style can give you lots of options. 

Lap pool – Narrow and measuring up to 25 meters long, this pool is primarily used for health and fitness reasons.

Freeform pool – This type of pool has an irregular or naturalistic shape. It can have curves or flowing lines.

Lagoon-style pool – This design is similar to a freeform pool, but it usually incorporates other elements such as a waterfall, fire feature, rock design, caves, or grottos.

Beach style pool – Also called a “zero entry” pool. One end is designed more like a natural shoreline with no steps to get into the water.

Lazy river pool – Create a luxury resort feel in your backyard with a pool that’s designed like a lazy river feature.

Indoor pool – This style is immediately adjacent to the house and includes at least a partial roof covering it. Indoor swimming pool contractors specialize in this type of design.

If you need inspiration, check out our gallery to get a feel for the limitless options you have for your design. 

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Other Design Features

You don’t have to stop with just a pool. You can add other features to create your backyard oasis. 

  • Natural rock features
  • Custom pool entry
  • Tanning shelves
  • Beach entries
  • Fire elements/fire pits
  • Luxury waterfalls
  • Heated spa

NOTE: If you have young children, it is essential to put a gate around your pool. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children 5 and under. In some states/counties, a pool gate might be required by law.

What Do Luxury Swimming Pool Builders Charge?

Knowing your budget is essential. Putting in a pool can be very costly, especially if you’re looking at luxury home swimming pool designs. The average cost of adding an inground pool is anywhere from $46,500 to $66,500 and goes up based on the level of customization you choose.

The price depends on many things, including the size, depth, materials, pool type, and add-ons like rock features, a heated spa, or a waterfall.

An above ground pool is much less costly, running from $8 to $16 per square foot or $1,800 to $5,000. However, you don’t often have as much freedom to create a custom swimming pool luxury design.

Here are some general starting prices for various types of inground pool projects:

  • Concrete/gunite = $29,000 – $60,000
  • Fiberglass = $18,000 – $65,000
  • Vinyl liner = $25,000 – $45,000
  • Lap pool = $20,000 – $70,000
  • Lagoon style = $50,000 – $100,000
  • Plunge = $14,500 – $24,500
  • Indoor = $110,000 – $220,000
  • Hot tub or spa = $8,000 – $25,000
  • Salt water pool conversion = $600 – $2,200 

If you plan to put in a deck, hot tub, outdoor lighting, safety gate, or a pool cover, add $2,000 to $10,000 more to the starting price.

Choose An Experienced Professional For Your Luxury Pool

If you have a specific vision of what you want your backyard to look like, luxury swimming pool builders are the way to go. A luxury pool is custom-built to your specifications with high-end materials that will ensure your oasis is everything you’ve dreamed about.

Contact us to find a location near you.