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Beautiful Pool Photos from the 2014 Master Pools Guild Awards

PHOTO Gallery of 85 Beautiful Pools







freeform infinity pool with fountain bubblers - Artistic Pools, Atlanta, GA - Master Pools GuildEvery year the Master Pools Guild honors some of the most spectacular pools in the U.S. and around the world with the International Awards of Excellence. These awards recognize the craftsmanship of elite swimming pool builders and designers and showcase a wide variety of pool shapes, styles and water features.

The winning designs include pools from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, Guatemala, and Dubai.

 

Check out the award-winning pools photo gallery to see 85 breathtaking swimming pools and get ideas for your own backyard retreat. Explore options like glass tile, built-in spas, fountains, dramatic lighting effects and more.

See 85 beautiful pool photos >>

 

Photo courtesy of Master Pools Guild; Artistic Pools, Atlanta, GA

Award-Winning Pool Photos from the 2014 APSP Awards

100 Award-Winning Pool Photos from APSP







Swimming pool with stepping stone bridgeDid you spend Memorial Day weekend at a backyard barbecue or by the pool? With the unofficial kickoff to summer in full swing, you may be planning a pool of your own or dreaming of the many design possibilities.

If you are looking for beautiful swimming pool photos and ideas for your own backyard resort, view the the winners of The International Awards of Excellence presented by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). Every year, APSP honors talented pool builders and pool designers for their outstanding projects and water features.

 

Browse the entire gallery of award-winning swimming pool photos to see amazing photos pools with of rock waterfalls, custom spas, pool lighting, landscape lighting, and more. 

Choose your favorites to inspire your own backyard pool design or outdoor living space. See pool photo gallery >>

 

Photo courtesy of APSP; Teserra Outdoors, Coachella, CA

7 Pool & Spa Designs for 2014

Top Trends in Pool and Spa Design

By Kimberlee Courtney

If your goals for the new year include a new pool or spa (or a pool renovation) then you’ve come to the right place. The seven pool and spa designs below feature some of the most popular and innovative design trends for 2014. Take a look to find inspiration and ideas for your own pool or spa project.

1. Backyard Resort

Pool and Spa Design for 2014, Backyard Resort, Pool with Waterslide

This natural, lagoon-style poolscape boasts a curvaceous custom waterslide, cascading waterfalls, rock grotto, and custom spa, offering endless hours of enjoyment for the whole family.

At-home resorts like this have been growing in popularity over the past few years and will continue to be a requested pool design in 2014 as more and more homeowners seek to recreate the look and experience of their favorite vacation spot right their own backyard.


Photo courtesy of Dolphin Waterslides; Creative Ponds



2. Overflowing with Options

Pool and Spa Designs for 2014, Pool with Overflowing Spa

For families big or small, a pool that offers multiple levels of enjoyment is always a necessity. The elegant pool pictured above has plenty to offer. A wading pool at the entry allows bathers to enjoy a quick dip between tanning and also provides a shallow area for younger kids to splash and play. Water bubblers and sheer descents add beautiful sight and sound to the stairs that lead up to the pool and spa, and transform them into a decorative fountain for all to enjoy.

When you’re ready to go for a swim, the large freeform pool offers plenty of space to swim laps, or delight in the soothing cascade of the rock waterfall. At night, relax and revive your muscles from all those laps with a warm soak in the custom spillover spa.

View more pool designs from Anthony & Sylvan Pools >>



3. Cutting-Edge Combo

Pool and Spa Combo Built into Patio

Every year, pool builders and designers are discovering creative ways to overcome unexpected site or construction challenges, giving more and more homeowners the opportunity to have the pool of their dreams. Such was the case for this infinity-edge spa designed and built by Tranquility Pools in New Jersey. Faced with restrictive zoning requirements, the designer came up with the idea for this 11-foot by 17-foot infinity-edge pool/spa hybrid built into the existing patio. The pool/spa is large enough to accommodate eight to 10 people and can function as a small pool where people can take a dip to cool off; with a few taps on his iPhone, the homeowner can activate the heater, jets, and bubblers and use it as a spa.

Patio with Infinity Edge Pool and Spa Built inWhat’s more, with the pool/spa built into the patio it becomes a prime part of the outdoor entertaining space, which also includes a recreation area, fireplace lounge with outdoor TV, and dining space.

Editor's Note: This pool and spa design received a Gold Award in NESPA’s 2013 Design Awards competition.




Photo courtesy of Tranquility Pools; Architect: Juan Ospina; Owner: Mitchell Knapp. Photography by Heather Knapp



4. It's Geometric

Geometric Pool and Spa Design

Just like fashion, pool trends come and go and come again. This year, geometric pool shapes are making a comeback. While some may consider geometric pool designs to be simple or utilitarian, the newest designs incorporate elaborate materials and design features, giving them an artistic edge.

Though basic in shape, the geometric pool and spa pictured above features a variety of sophisticated features, including sheer decent waterfalls, shimmering glass tiles, a sun shelf, and in-pool barstools. Colorful LED lighting gives the pool an exciting new look at night while maintaining its chic elegance.

Click to see more photos of this project, plus other pool designs >>


Photo courtesy of Anthony & Sylvan Pools



5. Disappearing Spa

Pool and Spa Designs 2014, Disappearing Spa

Now you see it, now you don’t. At the touch of a button, the circular spa and stone bridge magically appear from under the water. The flagstone bridge provides access to the spa from the deck, while an underwater tunnel lets swimmers enter the spa area directly from the pool. With the press of another button, the spa and bridge “disappear” by lowering below the water level.

As pool builders and designers continue to unlock the potential of new technology and construction options, we can only imagine what other exciting and sophisticated pool and spa designs will emerge in the next year.

Photo courtesy of Caviness Landscape Design; Photography by KO Rinearson



6. Focused on Fitness

swim spa in home gym

Swim spas—or swim-in-place pools—have been receiving a lot of attention lately thanks to the recent rise in health consciousness and the pursuit of fitness over the past year. Good for swimming, water workouts, and aquatic therapy, swim spas offer a great solution for small spaces, outdoors or inside.

Installed indoors, a swim spa becomes a piece of aquatic fitness equipment that can be used year-round. By moving your workouts to the water, you get a great cardiovascular and strength workout with little to no impact on your joints.

Browse more swim spas from Endless Pools >>



7. All-in-One Oasis

Pool and Spa Design, Pool and Outdoor Kitchen

Once designed as separate areas, the pool and outdoor kitchen are now being integrated into one central entertainment hub, as this backyard oasis demonstrates. By placing the outdoor kitchen next to the pool and adding a swim-up bar, one can dine, swim, and socialize all in one place.

The flow from the pool to the raised spillover spa to the attached outdoor kitchen and seating areas makes for one efficient outdoor entertainment space. A design like this is ideal if you have a small backyard because it allows you to maximum the use of the area.

See more pool designs from this builder >>


Photography courtesy of Elite Pools by Scott


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8 Cozy and Cool Indoor Swimming Pools

8 Cozy and Cool Indoor Pool Rooms

An indoor pool has many benefits: year-round enjoyment, privacy, a comfortable and controlled swimming environment, regular exercise or physical therapy, and protection from the sun. While you may picture an indoor pool as a large rectangle similar to the one at your local gym, indoor pools have just as much design versatility as outdoor pools and can be suited to any size or style home.


From a cozy living-room lap pool to a serene spa retreat to a cool tropical escape, the impressive indoor pool rooms below showcase some of the most amazing design capabilities and features of indoor swimming pools.

Which one of these pools do you want to take a dip in? Let us know in the comments.



Lap Pool in Living Room1. Lap of Luxury


A pool in the living room has to be the ultimate in comfort and design. This elevated, indoor perimeter-overflow pool and spa features an all-tile finish and elegant Grecian shape—which is repeated in the mirrored tray ceiling. A big-screen TV and custom fireplace complete the space and give the impression that nothing is out of the ordinary.



Photo courtesy of Aquatic Consultants Inc./Brian Van Bower;
Photograph by Automated Lifestyles; Pool construction by Superior Pools



2. Evening Escape

Cozy indoor pool with lighting and fireplace

What better way to end your day than with a relaxing dip in this indoor pool? The pool’s deep blue lighting creates a peaceful and meditative atmosphere that encourages a sense of calmness and rest; the double-sided fireplace adds a warm glow and coziness to the room.

Notice how the pool is a natural part of the home, corresponding with the architectural style and interior design elements found throughout the rest of the house.


Photo courtesy of Goodall Pools

This pool is featured in the 2013 Aquatech Award-Winning Pools Gallery >>



Luxury Indoor Pool Room3. Indoor Retreat

This stunning indoor pool room is a statement of luxury. Large windows and an overhead skylight fill the room with beautiful natural light which causes the pool’s extravagant beach glass tile finish to sparkle. A detached whirlpool spa lies beyond the pool and provides a blissful solution to rainy days and the winter blues.



Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction

View more pools from Master Pools Guild's 2012 Award Gallery >>



4.Year-round Getaway

Tropical Indoor Pool Design
Take a break from reality and plunge into this indoor paradise, which was featured on HGTV’s Cool Pools series. Designed for both pleasure and fitness, this tropical indoor pool features an exhilarating speed-slide (concealed within the massive rock mountain) and a powerful swim jet for infinite swimming.

A 14-foot sheer waterfall, fiber-optic lighting, romantic cuddle cove, and panoramic sunset mural complete the feel of a private (indoor) beach retreat.

Photo courtesy of Shehan Pools

See this pool in the 2013 APSP Award-Winning Pools Gallery >>



5. Swimmer's Delight

Cool Indoor Pool and Spa Room

Just because a pool is indoors doesn’t mean it has to be isolated from the outdoors. Two stories of windows, sky blue walls, and several doors that open to the back patio connect the pool room to the outdoors (but honestly, who would want to leave?!). With its ample size, elevated spa, and exquisitely tiled deck, this indoor pool is a delightful and inviting place to go for a swim, no matter if it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.


Photo courtesy of Platinum Poolcare, ltd.; Photo by Outvision Photography

View more winning pool designs by Aquatech >>



6. Pool with a View

Indoor Pool with Greek Key Tile Pattern
An intricate Greek key tile design adorns this magnificent indoor pool, which features an integrated perimeter-overflow spa.

The stately wall of windows plays in tandem with the pool’s graceful design and provides both an abundace of natural light and a spectaular view of the landscape.

See this pool in the 2012 NESPA Awards Photo Gallery >>


Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool Service, Inc.; Photo by Ed VanLuvender



Indoor Pool with Endless Pool Swim Spa7. Endless Exercise

Think you need a large space—and budget—to enjoy the benefits of an indoor pool? Think again! This compact room houses an “endless pool,” or swim spa, where you can swim in place against a current to your heart’s content.



Click to watch an Endless Pools swim spa in action >>




8. At-home Spa

At-home Spa Room with Pool - Cozy Cool Indoor Pools
A day of pampering at the spa is just a few rooms away for the lucky homeowners of this indoor sanctuary.

Offering a place for everyone to relax, the room features a 12-foot deep lap pool with a beautiful stone diving platform, a partially recessed mid-sized hot tub, comfy lounge area and flat-screen TV.

Browse more award-winning pools from Aquatech >>


Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool Service & Construction, Inc.; Photo by Douglas Gornall


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Pool Photos: Top 5 Award-Winning Pools

AWARD-WINNING POOLS: Top 5 Pool Designs







When it comes to swimming pool designs, there are so many shapes, finishes, and water features to choose from, you may not know where to start. We chose five amazing pool designs featured in our Award-Winning Pools book to give you some inspiration for your own backyard.






Christopher Anderson Custom Pool design perimeter overflow infinity poolThis raised perimeter-overflow pool features Egyptian glass tile and is surrounded by bright flowers, lush landscaping, and decorative planters. Its geometric design and infinity edge create a sleek modern look for this tropical escape.


Pool designed by Christopher Anderson and built by Bob Anderson. Photographed by Collin Guinn (bdpusa.com) for Custom Design Pools, Webster, Texas; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award





Pools by John Clarkson patio deck mosaic tilePerfect for entertaining a crowd, this pool features a spacious deck, tanning ledge with mosaic inlay, and upper lounge pool with bar stools on the other side of the pool wall. Decorative ceramic bowls filled with rocks adorn each corner throughout the space.



Designed by Krent Wieland Design, Inc.; Photographed by Ben Brewer for Aquatech Pools by John Clarkson, Jacksonville, Florida; Aquatech Award





Dal Pino Quality Pools sunset pool spa gazeboWith two spas, a swim-up bar, and stylish gazebo with a fire pit, this pool has everything a homeowner could want in a backyard retreat for hosting parties or simply lounging poolside while enjoying the sunset.




Photographed by Keith Sutter Photography for Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc., Auburn, California; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award




California Pools tropical pool spa fountain bubblers rock waterfallThis tropical oasis features a beach entry, a giant rock waterfall, and decorative pots that double as water features. A large circular spa, complete with over a dozen fountain bubblers, makes this pool the ultimate place to spend a weekend.



Photo courtesy of California Pools, West Covina, California; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award




G&G Concrete infinity pool lake viewThis vanishing-edge infinity pool appears to flow right into the lake it overlooks. A well-crafted design makes the unique shape of this pool a tranquil outdoor retreat.



Photo courtesy of G&G Concrete Pools, Inc., Fort Pierce, Florida; Master Pools Guild Award

6 Ways to Update Your Poolscape

Ideas for Updating Your Pool Area


Making some changes in and around your swimming pool can greatly enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your poolscape. From renovating your pool to adding a few simple features, we put together a list of ways to update your pool area this summer. Take a look at the following options and get ready to give your poolscape a whole new look.

1. Update the Pool Interior


Pool with Blue Vinyl Liner InteriorA new interior can dramatically change the look of your swimming pool. Just because summer is here doesn’t mean it’s too late to refinish your swimming pool. Resurfacing a concrete pool generally takes seven to 14 days to complete, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your newly finished pool. If you have a vinyl-liner pool, the process is even quicker: once you decide on a new liner pattern, the old and new pool liners can be swapped out in as little as one to three days. Today’s vinyl liners include more sophisticated colors and designs, including patterns that give the look and feel of glass tiles. Many vinyl liner manufacturers offer a wide array of designs and patterns to fit any backyard theme or setting.

Taking the time to update your pool’s interior not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but can also extend its life, especially if you upgrade to a higher quality finish. For instance, aggregate finishes, which contain small river pebbles, glass beads, or quartz crystals, provide a harder and more durable pool surface than a traditional plaster (or marcite) finish and can last up to twice as long (aggregate finishes typically last 15 to 20 years compared to 10 to 15 years for plaster).

If your pool is in perfectly good shape, but you still want to update its look consider adding a simple tile border at the waterline. Glass and ceramic tiles add sparkle, light and panache to your pool. They come in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes and can be arranged in any design or pattern to fit your style needs.


Photo courtesy of Loop-Loc, Ltd.



2. Resurface the Pool Deck


Renovated Pool with Grey Concrete DeckYour pool deck plays an important part in the overall enjoyment of your pool area: it’s where you lounge in the sun between laps, relax with a good book, enjoy a refreshing snack, and entertain family and friends.

If your pool deck is in need of repair, tends to get hot from the sun, is stained, or simply doesn’t provide the look you desire, then resurfacing the area may be wise decision.

There are many options for pool deck surfaces, including concrete, stone, exposed aggregate, pavers, and even rubber flooring. While your budget and design preferences play a big role in the deck material you choose, it’s important to consider comfort and safety.


Above: Anthony & Sylvan Pools installed a new slate pattern concrete deck and paver coping to help give this pool a more modern look. See what it looked like before the renovation >>

White Coral Stone Tile Pool DeckStamped or colored concrete, inter-locking pavers, and exposed aggregate are all affordable resurfacing options, but be sure to select a lighter color as these materials absorb sunlight and can get hot very quickly. If you have a higher budget, you may want to consider natural stone decking. Natural stones such as coral and travertine are great for pool decks because they stay cool and are slip resistant.


View more photos of coral stone pool decks >>


Photo courtesy of Coral Stone USA



3. Install Pool and Landscape Lighting


Pool with aqua blue LED in-pool lightingOutdoor Lighting can dramatically improve both the look and safety of your pool area at night. For the best results, install a combination of pool and landscaping lighting. Fiber optic or LED pool lighting will illuminate your pool from within, making it a mesmerizing nighttime focal point, while landscape lighting will light up the area around the pool, making it easier and safer for you and your guests to navigate once the sun goes down.


A variety of landscape lighting techniques can help you achieve a certain look or mood for your poolscape at night. For instance, footlights placed along the perimeter of the pool will add a soft glow to the surrounding hardscape and provide the perfect amount of lighting for late night swimming. (This will also reveal any wet spots to prevent slips and falls.)

For a bit of drama, install uplights in nearby trees and shrubbery to add depth and texture or place a light fixture high in a tree and aim the light down through the branches and leaves to create a subtle moonlight effect. Torch lights are ideal for imparting a tropical ambiance; place several torch lights throughout the backyard to guide guests to the pool and dining area.

Above: This elegant poolscape becomes even more enticing at night thanks to the brilliant aqua blue LED pool lighting. Strategically placed landscape lights and fire features provide further illumination for evening entertaining.


Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems



4. Add a Water Feature


Pool with Sheetfall Water FeatureA water feature will boost your poolscape’s allure by adding visual and acoustic delight. The sight and sound of moving water is known to have a calming effect and it can also help cover up background noise from a busy street or neighbors, making your backyard a more pleasant retreat.

A variety of water features are available to fit any style pool or outdoor space. For instance, tiered patio fountains, wall fountains, and sheetfalls (pictured at left) provide an elegant accent for formal poolscapes while planter fountains are a great complement to backyards with a Mediterranean or Japanese Garden theme. A rock waterfall is ideal if you have a tropical or lagoon-style pool. Rock waterfalls can be made with real or artificial rock to seamlessly blend with your surrounding landscape and create the look and feel of an exotic oasis.


View more relaxing spa retreats and water features from Anthony & Sylvan Pools >>




5. Plant Some New Blooms


Pool with plants around landscapeAdding plants around your pool is one of the simplest ways to breathe new life into your poolscape design. Plants will add color, interest, and shade to the pool area and establish a natural transition between the pool and its surrounding hardscape.

When landscaping around your pool, it’s important to choose plants according to their maintenance, hardiness, growing requirements, and function. For instance, some plants may not tolerate the extended exposure to sunlight and harsh swimming pool chemicals while others will litter your pool with leaves or cause damage because of their extensive root system.

Photo courtesy of Barrington Pools, Inc., a Master Pools Guild Builder;
Photography by Megan Kelly Photography

Pool with Tropical Trees and ShrubsShrubs and trees, such as Croton, Salvia, Colorado spruce, Bar Harbor juniper, and Mexican blue palm, are great for adding privacy and structure to the poolscape and require little maintenance.

Ornamental grasses are also popular poolside plants and bring tons of color and unique texture to the area. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be planted in beds or along the border of the pool. Some great varieties include Zebra grass, fountaingrass, and blue fescue.



Decorative pots and planters also work well by the pool. Use them to display beautiful flowering plants, like bearded irises, cannas, and hydrangeas. Include a mix of leaf shapes, textures and colors to create an attractive, lush, and pleasant design.


Photo courtesy of Pacific Sun Pool & Spa, an Aquatech Builder



6. Add (or Replace) Poolside Furniture


Circular outdoor furniture set by the poolNew outdoor furniture can alter the look of your poolscape as well as set the tone for how you’ll enjoy the space. Today there are more choices than ever when it comes to furnishing your pool area thanks to a range of durable materials, weatherproof fabrics, and stylish designs.

One of the latest trends in outdoor furniture includes modular deep seating furniture sets that can be grouped together or arranged separately throughout the yard to create multiple seating areas. If you already have poolside furniture, you can create a new look or theme simply by re-arranging the pieces, switching out the cushions and pillows, and adding an outdoor rug.  

A line of chaise loungers next to swimming pool

When selecting and arranging furniture for your poolscape, think of how you intend to use the space. A line of lounge chairs is perfect for tanning or relaxing with friends while a dining table or conversation set is more appropriate if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining.

It’s also a good idea to invest in a patio umbrella, canopy or other shade product to keep the area cool and comfortable all day long.





Photos courtesy of Source Outdoor


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2013 Aquatech Award-Winning Pools Photos

Photo Gallery of Over 100 Award-Winning Pools







Baker Pools Aquatech pool waterfalls firebowls gazebo lounge chairsEvery year, Aquatech, a national society of pool builders, recognizes some of the greatest pool designs throughout the U.S. with its annual Awards of Distinction. These pools, spas, and water features represent some of the most beautiful designs across the country.

Whether you’re planning to build a new pool or update your existing pool, this photo gallery will give you some great ideas.

 

Check out the award-winning pools photo gallery to see over 100 amazing swimming pools >>


Above: This stunning pool includes three sheer-descent waterfalls, two blazing fire bowls, and a separate geometric spa with two fountain bubblers. The gazebo at the far end includes a wall-mounted outdoor TV, fireplace, and loveseat, perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

 

Photo courtesy of Aquatech; Baker Pools, Jenks, OK

2013 Master Pools Guild Award-Winning Pools Photos

Gallery of 150 Beautiful Pool Photos







Master Pools Guild 2013 Awards Claffey Pools freeform pool fountains fire featuresEvery year the Master Pools Guild honors some of the most spectacular pools in the U.S. and around the world with the International Awards of Excellence. These awards recognize the talents of top-notch swimming pool builders and designers and showcase a wide variety of pool styles and special features.

The winning designs include pools from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, Guatemala, and Dubai.

 

Check out the award-winning pools photo gallery to see over 150 beautiful swimming pools and get ideas for your own backyard paradise. Explore options like glass tile, built-in spas, fountains, dramatic lighting effects and more.

See 150 pool photos >>

 

Photo courtesy of Master Pools Guild; Claffey Pools, Southlake, Texas

Top 6 Swimming Pool Design Features

Top Pool Designs: Infinity Pools, Lap Pools, Beach Entries, and More!




By Patti Plummer


There are a wide variety of swimming pool designs, and by discussing your options and preferences with a professional pool designer, you can choose the best one for you based on your property’s surroundings, your home’s architecture, and how you plan to use the pool. Once these questions have been answered, the designer will determine the ideal pool design for you, along with the best swimming pool shape and size to meet your needs.

Here are the top six pool design features to get your ideas flowing:

Pools by John Clarkson splash pool swim up bar sunken seating1. Splash Pools


Also known as play pools, splash pools contain a shallow area for recreation or lounging, making them fun for kids and adults alike. Many splash pools are shallow enough to accommodate lounge chairs, enjoyable for children to splash and play, and just deep enough to host an in-pool volleyball or basketball game.

Splash pools can be attached to multi-depth pools and cordoned off for privacy, although some homeowners prefer to build just the splash pool. For numerous homeowners, a play or splash pool is the perfect solution for settings that are too small and cannot accommodate deeper pools.

Above: This elegant splash pool is perfect for relaxation and entertaining: It features multiple shallow tanning ledges (also called sunshelves), a swim-up bar, a sunken seating area with a fire pit, and a path to a separate portable spa. The shape of the pool, along with the wall of features and design accents on the tanning shelves, make this pool visually stunning.

To see more beautiful pools by Aquatech pool builders, check the photo gallery of award-winning pools >>


Designed by Krent Wieland Design; photographed by Ben Brewer for Aquatech Pools by John Clarkson, Jacksonville, Florida


A & G Concrete Pools infinity pool lake view2. Infinity Pools


Known by a variety of names, including vanishing edge pools, negative edge, disappearing edge, and flooded edge, the infinity pool is ideal for properties overlooking spectacular scenery like the ocean, a lake, or a mountain.

How do infinity pools create the amazing effect of disappearing into the horizon? The water flows over a weir wall and into a waiting catch basin that re-circulates the water back into the pool; the water acts as a blurring agent, blending the line between the pool and the adjacent view.

Many designers finish the pool to match the adjoining scene. A skilled pool professional can capture the hue and tone of the surrounding environment and determine the perfect color that unifies the pool and its setting into one harmonious unit.

See more photos by members of Master Pools Guild in the award-winning pools gallery >>


Photo courtesy of A & G Concrete Pools, Inc., Fort Pierce, Florida, member of Master Pools Guild


Lewis Aquatech perimeter overflow pool mirror effect night3. Perimeter Overflow Pools



A perimeter overflow pool creates another interesting effect in which the pool resembles a sheet of glass. It produces a reflective surface by circulating water over the pool’s sides, into a container or holding tank, and then back into the pool in a constant motion that creates a smooth surface with no discernible ripples to destroy the illusion.

Many perimeter overflow pools are set at ground level, with the water flowing into a slot or grate, producing a mirror-like surface while others are elevated and formed into a preferred shape.

Either way, the ebb and flow that results in traditional pools as water hits the sides is not a factor. Perimeter overflow pools always retain their glass-like qualities—that is, until someone jumps in!

See more pools by Aquatech pool builders and designers in the photo gallery of award-winning pools >>


Photo courtesy of Lewis Aquatech Pools


Advanced Pools beach entry pool tropical pool4. Beach Entry Pools


Ideal for lagoon-style or tropical themed settings, a beach entry pool features a gradual sloping from the pool deck into the depths of the water—just like a natural beach.

Also called a zero-entry pool, the beach entry pool does not usually include stairs or ladders and can be finished in a variety of colors and textures to mimic sand or other organic materials.

Right: This tropical style pool features a beach entry that gives the effect of wading right into the ocean of a tropical Caribbean island. The Pebble Tec interior finish and natural rock waterfalls recreate the look and feel of a private beach resort without ever having to step foot outside your backyard.

Photographed by Rick Legnon for Advanced Pools, Rancho Cordova, California


Anthony & Sylvan Pools lap pool swimming stone wall5. Lap Pools


A lap pool is built to provide a straight-away for swimmers training for a sporting event or for those who swim for exercise. Usually long, narrow, and rectangular in shape, a lap pool can be any length, although most average between 50 and 60 feet.

Although usually built for athletic pursuits, lap pools do not have to be sterile in style or finish. Many pool builders surround a lap pool with attractive backdrops like stack-stone walls or they include water features that can be activated when no one is using the swim lanes.

See more swimming pool photos by Anthony & Sylvan Pools >>


Photo courtesy of Anthony & Sylvan Pools


Galloway Pool infinity pool connected spa6. Pools with Connected Spas


The best of two worlds, a pool with a connected spa is designed to provide homeowners with a place to swim and enjoy warm therapeutic benefits. In fact, swimmers can easily slip into the bubbling spa after physical activity in the pool.

Based on the pool’s shape, a connected spa can be placed anywhere along the pool’s framework or depths: on the pool’s edge, elevated and doubling as a water feature, or within the pool itself.

Additionally, by including a spa during the planning stages, a homeowner can guarantee that the spa and the pool will integrate completely with each other as well as the setting.

See more photos of beautiful swimming pools by Master Pools Guild members in the award-winning pools gallery >>

Photo courtesy of Galloway Pools, Corpus Christi, Texas, a member of Master Pools Guild

2013 NESPA Award-Winning Swimming Pools Photo Gallery

Beautiful Award-Winning Pool Photos from NESPA









NESPA Crystal Pool and Spa deck bridge backyardLooking to add a pool or renovate your existing swimming pool for the summer? Now is the time to plan! With so many shapes, materials, water features, lighting options, and more, you may not be sure where to start...

That’s why we’ve added a new swimming pool photo gallery featuring the winners of Northeast Spa & Pool Association’s (NESPA) annual Awards of Excellence.

 

See 100 photos of beautiful swimming pools built and designed by talented pool builders dedicated to their craft. Browse the gallery for striking images of inground pools, custom spas, hot tubs, waterfalls, water features, and more. View pool photos >>

 

Photo courtesy of NESPA; Crystal Pool & Spa, Inc., East Hanover, NJ (Gold winner)


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