Sunset Pools and Spas

Lapping in Luxury: A One-of-a-Kind Indoor Pool

A new concept for an indoor swimming pool will literally leave a future homeowner lapping in luxury.

The concept: a swimming pool that takes up the entire second floor of a three-story house. The owner: well, that is still to be determined.

According to a November article published in Forbes, there is a $2 million price tag attached to building such a house, which has been named Villa Clessidra. At the time the article was written, it didn’t appear there was a particular investor attached to the project designed by a Netherlands-based architect—the original client who had been interested in building a “groundbreaking residence,” backed out, the article said.

“With the swimming pool strategically placed at the center of the house, where part of it could be seen through a transparent zone, the house feels very much like a human aquarium when anyone swims in it,” the article said. The pool will even be visible through the floor of the master bedroom, providing a view from above.

It’s always fun to highlight elite projects such as this, because they demonstrate how—within reason, budget and the rules of physics—designing your dream pool does not have to come with boundaries. Sometimes a little imagination and the right design team can do the trick.

 

A State-Inspired Pool Design

An inground saltwater pool in Texas proves there really are no limits when it comes to selecting a design for your pool.

The public Texas Pool, which opened last weekend for its 55th season, according to NBCDFW.com, was designed to look like its home state. The south end of the pool features a wading area, the west corner has stairs for easy entry, and the northern edge contains a diving board. Shift your eyes to the middle of the pool, and you may notice an island.

At 168,000 gallons, this particular pool has handfuls of features to offer visiting swimmers, and demonstrates how a pool can really take any shape a pool owner desires (assuming the property has the space to accommodate it).

Through various blog posts, Sunset Pools and Spas has tried to provide examples of how the sky is the limit when it comes to dreaming up a creative pool design. Deciding on a pool design that fits your budget is one of the first steps to creating a complete pool landscape, so it’s important to nail down the design details early on in the process.

For those who aren’t sure what they want in a pool design—or at least for those who know they don’t want a pool as bold as the Texas Pool—there is always the option of creating a freeform pool. These pools don’t necessarily have any particular shape, but still provide a luxurious and creative result. For examples of some of our freeform pool designs, click here.

 


Imagine that it’s summer. It’s hot outside. The kids are antsy. They want to go swimming.

Especially in the unbearable heat, the idea of driving to the public pool, dealing with the massive crowds, and keeping track of your kids is not appealing. This is the moment when you wish you had your own private pool in your own backyard.

Having a private pool can be a true luxury, especially when you have kids that are always on the move and looking for something to do. However, having a private pool also comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why designing a pool that is safe for your kids is also important.


Consider a pool like the one pictured here. It provides a good example of a pool that was built with young children in mind. It was built with an automatic pool cover that homeowners can close when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a gate encloses the entire poolscape, providing an additional barrier between the water and the kids (or other guests who may not know how to swim).

Childproofing your pool is probably the most important step you can take when installing a pool in your yard. While there are several ways to go about this including teaching your child how to swim and installing an alarm system in the pool building the pool with child safety mechanisms already in place will help to provide an additional element of comfort and security during those times when the pool is not in use.