Sunset Pools and Spas

Chicago's Willis Tower's Skydeck is infamous for the Ledge, a glass box that extends out about 4 feet from the building's 103rd floor.

Visitors to the Ledge—or at least those who have the guts—have the opportunity to walk out onto it and hover more than 1,300 feet above ground with nothing but glass between their feet and the air.

Now imagine what it would be like to have a similar experience, only in a swimming pool.

Although not quite as high off the ground as Chicago's Ledge, Houston's sky pool in Market Square Tower is also giving visitors a thrill with it's 42-story-high glass sky pool. Another small difference: The pool was built for residents, not for tourists. 

More about the Houston-based sky pool can be found here in an article from Time, but according to the report, the pool "has a glass platform that extends 10 feet out from the main pool enclosure, allowing it to look (and feel) like you're literally walking on air above the street 500 feet below."

This isn't the first residential sky pool to draw media attention in recent years. London is also set to open a residential glass-bottom pool that will float between two buildings, in 2019.

Swimming pools like these continue to make headlines across the globe. I've said it once before, and I'll say it again: These types of swimming pool designs truly demonstrate how the sky is literally the limit when dreaming up the ultimate poolscape.

Swim From the (Major League) Sidelines

What does Major League Baseball and swimming have in common? Nothing if you live in Chicago.

However, if you’re one of those Chicago area residents who tend to flock to warmer climates during the colder months, you may want to check out the ballpark in Arizona.

Chase Field—home of the Arizona Diamondbacks—can hold more than 48,000 bodies. But not all of the fans who enter the stadium are headed toward a stadium seat. Several dozen of them are headed toward the swimming pool and hot tub.

It’s just as it sounds. The baseball stadium is well-known for boasting a swimming pool and spa in right center field for fans who are willing to pay the price. Ballpark patrons can reserve the space—which comes with a lifeguard, according to the ballpark website—as a private suite for a group of 35; however, for those who can afford it, the starting price for games in 2017 starts at $4,750 for a game.

Granted the Major League Baseball playoffs start next week—and we can guarantee you won’t see a playoff game taking place at Chase Field this season—it’s not too early to start planning ahead for next year. Baseball season starts when the wind is still blowing cold at Wrigley Field; however, during that time, the temperatures will still be perfect for a private sideline pool party out west at Chase Field.


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.