Sunset Pools and Spas

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, 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.


Finding Inspiration for Your Pool


There are many places where we can find inspiration to improve our homes.

If you like to read and glance through photos for inspiration, you may look to a magazine like Martha Stewart Living or Better Homes and Gardens. There are also entire networks like HGTV that are dedicated to inspiring homeowners, potential homeowners, and those who are just interested in unique décor.

As more and more options for home improvement media continue to pop up through shows like “Property Brothers” and “Fixer Upper,” there are also plenty of articles and shows out there that can help us to find inspiration for our pools. The key, however, is knowing where to look.

One example comes from Vogue, which recently posted a gallery featuring a collection of inspiring swimming pools the magazine has featured throughout the years. The gallery spotlights images that span more than five decades, showcasing pictures of poolscapes that were taken as early as 1960.

If you scroll through the gallery, you will see pools owned by the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, painter Bernard Lamotte and landscape architect Edmund Hollander, just to name a few. Not only do the images provide ideas you may want to explore as you build your own pool, but also ideas that you may want to apply to your landscaping, pool accessories, poolside décor and other outdoor living features, such as your pergola.

Click here to access the complete online gallery from Vogue.


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.