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Creative Master Pools inground poolPlanning to build an inground swimming pool in your backyard? Get inspired by the pool designs in our pool photo gallery and read the articles to learn about the most common types of inground pools: concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. Plus, learn the basics of the pool installation process. You're on your way to owning a beautiful backyard pool.



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20 Tips to Know Before You Buy a Pool20 Tips to Know Before You Buy a Swimming Pool

Think you might be ready to take the plunge? Learn how to establish a budget, find a pool builder, and always remember to put fun on the list. Read more >>

Michael Phelps swimming in swim spaMichael Phelps Trains for the London Olympics

As U.S. swimming Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps prepares for the Summer Games, he has also teamed up with Master Spas on a signature line of swim spas. Read more >>


Inground swimming pool infinity Questar beautifulSwimming Pool Types

The best information for homeowners ready to build an inground pool. Learn the differences between concrete pools, fiberglass pools, and vinyl pools and how they are installed.
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Environmental Pools renovation-after Pool Renovations: Before & After
Find out how some much-needed renovations made these outdated pools go from depressing--to refreshing! See the before & after photos of these major makeovers and read comments from the builders about the renovation was completed.
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J. Brownlee Home Resort Ultimate Home Resort
Journey through one amazing outdoor retreat that has just about everything--from a giant pool with a hidden cave to blazing firepits, unique water features, and a spacious pool house. We spoke to the builder/designer to learn exactly how this project came to be.
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Gib-San PoolsPool Cues: Building an Inground Pool 
What you need to know before building an inground pool. Learn the differences between concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl-lined pools and how they are installed.
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Water FrontiersInground Pools: The Coolest Place to Chill

For families with kids, a swimming pool can be the best form of entertainment and the solution to summer boredom. Learn how to set your budget/price range, choose your features, and decide how quickly you'd like the pool to be built. Read more>>



Cipriano Landscape DesignBackyard Oasis

When your kitchen and family room have you feeling boxed in, look to the outdoors—make your backyard the place to entertain and have fun. Read interviews from the builders of some of the most amazing backyard retreats. Read more >>



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Swimming Pool Shapes

Size, shape, and style are important when building a swimming pool. Here are a few tips to help you determine what design is best for your property. Read more >>


Pool Makeovers: Before and After

Check out the before and after of these amazing swimming pool renovations. They may inspire your own backyard makeover. Read more >>



Swimming Pool Types 


The best information for homeowners ready to build an inground pool. Learn the differences between concrete pools, fiberglass pools, and vinyl pools and how they are installed.
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How to Close Your Pool for Winter 


If you live in an area with a seasonal climate, the early fall typically marks the end of your swimming season, and you will soon need to close your pool for the winter. Here are the key steps and important tips to follow when closing your pool. 
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Ultimate Home Resort 


Journey through one amazing outdoor retreat that has just about everything--from a giant pool with a hidden cave to blazing firepits, unique water features, and a spacious pool house. We spoke to the builder/designer to learn exactly how this project came to be. 
Read more >>


Pool Renovations: Before & After 


Find out how some much-needed renovations made these outdated pools go from depressing--to refreshing! See the before & after photos of these major makeovers and read comments from the builders about the renovation was completed. Read more >>


Pool Cues: Building an Inground Pool 


What you need to know before building an inground pool. Learn the differences between concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl-lined pools and how they are installed. Read more >>


Backyard Oasis


When your kitchen and family room have you feeling boxed in, look to the outdoors—make your backyard the place to entertain and have fun. Read interviews from the builders of some of the most amazing backyards, complete with swimming pools, spas, outdoor kitchens, patios & more. 
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Inground Pools: The Coolest Place to Chill


For families with kids, a swimming pool can be the best form of entertainment and the solution to summer boredom. If you’re ready to turn your property into an at-home resort, you need to set your budget/price range, choose your features, and decide how quickly you'd like the pool to be built.
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Swimming with Possibilities

Choosing an inground pool that suits your lifestyle, while adding beauty and fun to your backyard. Read more >>


Pool School: Choosing the Right Inground Pool for Your Family

If you’re new to the world of inground pools, or if you haven’t thought of building a pool in years, you’ll find that technology has changed tremendously, offering more options than ever before. Read more >>


Pool Designs for Every Backyard


View a beautiful selection of swimming pool designs based on popular shapes and styles. Experienced swimming pool builders to comment on the style and techniques that make each inground pool design special and the types of backyards where they look best.
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Inground—in the Know

Determine the type, design, and special features for your dream pool. Read more >>


Ground-breaking Choices


Concrete? Fiberglass? Vinyl-lined? Get some insights into what to expect when building these types of inground pools--and afterward. The method of construction affects overall design, cost, construction time and even how the pool will be maintained.
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Inground Pool Shapes

The sky's the limit when it comes to choosing the shape of an inground pool. Some popular styles include rectangles, L-shaped, Grecian, Roman, geometric, kidney-shaped, and freeform. Read more >>


20 Tips to Know Before You Buy a Swimming Pool

You may have been dreaming of a pool for years, and you may think you know exactly what you want. But it pays to read up on the latest technology and gather ideas. Once you’ve done a little homework, you’ll be ready to speak to your builder about what it is you want out of a pool. Read more >>



Opening Your Swimming Pool

If you live in a climate with a seasonal swim season, spring means it's time to get ready for months of aquatic enjoyment -- that is, after one day or so to open your pool. Read more >>


Fiberglass Swimming Pools: What You Need to Know

To the untrained eye, the finished product - whether the pool is constructed of concrete, vinyl or fiberglass - looks about the same. When planning to build an inground or aboveground pool, more homeowners are considering fiberglass. Read more >>


The Economics of Fiberglass

Fiberglass has few natural enemies. Ultraviolet light, earthquakes and other environmental events have a hard time competing with the lightweight, yet flexible strength of the fiberglass/resin combo. This  characteristic gives homeowners an extra sense of security. Read more >>



Fiberglass: 50 Years of Innovation

Gone are the days of having to settle for a simple rectangle. Today’s fiberglass pools offer the same features and designs as their custom-built counterparts. Read more >>


Inground in the Future

Having experienced luxury at world-renowned resorts, Americans aim to recreate that pampering environment in their own backyards by combining relaxation and recreation in mind. An inground swimming pool becomes the showpiece. Read more >>



Latest Trends in Inground Pools

Consumers have always wanted two things when buying an inground pool: design options and low maintenance. Now, with energy costs rising and many people trying to reduce their carbon footprint, buyers increasingly want their pool to be eco-friendly, too. Read more >>



Pool Biz Lingo

This explanation and glossary will help current and potential pool owners comprehend the professional lingo relating to the mechanical and maintenance systems of swimming pools. Read more >>



Concrete Pools, Personalized

A desire to hear the joyous sounds of children splashing and playing in the backyard prompted a Texas family to add a pool to their two-acre estate, while a transplanted Florida resident dreamed of unwinding and of entertaining in a quiet, tropical oasis. Read more >>



Inground Pools for Every Budget

Whether your tastes run from simple to sophisticated, or your spending goals from frugal to extravagant, there is a pool to match your needs. Before starting your quest for a pool, discuss with the entire family how you plan to use the pool and what features you'd like. Read more >>



Experts on Pool Construction

Before you select a type of pool, you should first consider a few factors: budget and desired shape and size, where and how you plan to use the pool, and extras, such as swimouts, a spa and a vanishing edge. Read more >>



When Should Kids Learn to Swim?

The National Safety Council suggests enrolling children in swimming lessons as early as age three, and the American Red Cross says most children are ready by age four. Read more >>



The World's Fastest Pool Build

A Phoenix-based pool company set out to the build a swimming pool in record time. How quickly did they get the job done? Read more >>


Make Your Fantasy Pool a Reality

Your fantasy pool can become a reality - and it takes only a bit of planning and decision-making. After discussing pool possibilities, decide which features to include on a must-have list, and which options, like a slide, can be relegated to the "nice-to-have" category. Read more >>