Sunset Pools and Spas

It finally happened. The temperature in Chicago and the surrounding areas dropped to single digits this week.

Given the frigid air we experienced, I doubt you’re thinking about the next time you have to mow your lawn or trim the bushes in your yard. But it can’t hurt to close your eyes, think ahead and imagine a warmer, greener time of year—right?

Look no further for daydream inspiration than to one of our recent client projects, pictured here.


This backyard is more than just a beautiful picture that can temporarily make us forget the frosty temps; it also demonstrates how tiny hints of nature can enhance an entire poolscape.

Natural Rock

The natural bluestone squares surrounding this pool are a symmetrical and elegant addition to the yard. However, these steps have a practical use as well, as they are slip resistant. This type of enhancement is not only visually appealing, but it adds an extra element of safety around the outside of the pool where kids are prone to running and where it tends to get slick from splashing water.

Grass and Greenery

The neighborhood where this home rests is full of greenery. The grass surrounding the pool helps to bring out the other trees, bushes and grass in the area, and makes the entire picture look like one cohesive landscape.

Hints of Natural Water

And of course, we can’t forget about the pool. The inside of this particularly grand pool—which is 50 feet long and 20 feet wide—was designed with a black interior so the water would match the color of the housing development’s lake. This detail invites more of the natural beauty from the surrounding area into the backyard.

Overall, this poolscape is a beautiful reflection of the nature surrounding it, and hopefully provides some inspiration as we daydream about the warmer and greener months ahead.

The pool design featured here, a recent project of ours, is a prime example of how the right finishing touches can turn a simple pool and spa into a luxurious—yet still practical—getaway for night or day.

This pool features more than just a standard place to swim. For example, the overflow of water from the stone spa into the pool is not only visually appealing, but effective, as well. While the sound and design of the waterfall provides an extra element of relaxation, the water from the spa helps to heat the pool as it spills over the spa steps. Enhancements like these can take a simple spa add-on and transform them into an upgrade for your yard.

Additionally, with the help of the underwater lighting, this pool provides a relaxing and glamorous vision for any time of day or night, while simultaneously enhancing safety for those who like to swim or lounge after dark.

However, not all pool accessories need to have a practical attribute. Sometimes it’s ok to add some flair for the fun of it. The shooting jets of water provide just that. While it can be fun to swim underneath them or for kids to create a game around them, they can also be there just to enhance the look and feel of your pool.

As demonstrated here, the smallest design details can determine the entire ambiance of a pool. Even simple finishing touches, such as lighting or accessories, can transform any pool into a spot for entertaining, family or luxury.

Determining the shape and size of your pool is one of the first steps to building one. However, with all of the options and accessories that are available for a poolscape, finding the right inspiration may not always be easy.

If you’re in the beginning phases of dreaming up future plans for your yard and your pool, here is some inspiration from Sunset Pools and Spas that can hopefully get you started.

The poolscape featured here showcases a classic design that is built for entertaining. The pool itself is large enough to hold a decent number of swimmers, and the spacious entryway steps lined in tile offer a secondary purpose for those who prefer to lounge in the water rather than swim.

The owners of this pool have also factored in a variety of poolside seating—from lounge chairs to upright seating areas and a canopy daybed—to accommodate a whole slew of family members or other guests. Maximum seating options allow the host to include everyone in the outdoor action, especially if there are guests who don’t prefer to get in the pool (or even sit in the sun), but who still want to socialize outside.

The outdoor kitchen is another main attraction of this yard and boasts plenty of counter space for cooking and entertaining. Outdoor living areas, such as kitchens, are a great way to make your poolscape more than about the pool. They can provide the missing element to any pool party; guarantee to keep all the party food and related mess outside of your house; and also extend the life of your backyard when it’s too cold to swim, but still warm enough to enjoy a weekend barbeque.

Overall, this backyard is perfect for entertaining, as it offers options for those who prefer to swim, wade, sunbathe, cook, or just hang out.