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A pool house gives swimmers a place to change, freshen up, and enjoy a snack or drink. Such a structure is convenient for pool parties, saving guests the trek from pool to house in dripping swimsuits -- and saving you the hassle of cleanup after the party. This one includes a bar, a bedroom, and a bath.
If a pool house seems like too much of an investment for a seasonal-use structure, give it the size and strength to serve as guest quarters year-round. This columned version includes a bedroom, bath, living area, and kitchenette.
Placing a pool or spa close to a deck strengthens the outdoor potential of both. This multilevel deck is a destination of its own and a corridor to the pool. The hot tub is close by, too, but the deck's structure helps screen and seclude it from the house.
This pavilion has a formal, traditional look that is in keeping with the pool style. The tropical plantings, however, create romance and mystery. With columns next to palm trees, the area feels less like a backyard pool and more like a hidden pond in the jungle.
An open pergola creates a feeling of enclosure without blocking the warmth of the sun or views of the stars. Plantings above and around the pergola increase the privacy. Be careful to choose species that don't drop leaves and berries or attract birds -- all of which can mess up the spa and deck area.
This look combines a reflecting pool with palm tree landscaping. From the 2006 New American Home at the International Builders' Show, Las Vegas.
Drapery panels hide the support posts for this elegant poolside cabana. The open-air room includes a bar with stylish furnishings. The black awning fabric picks up on the color of the pool tile and has withstood more than a decade in the elements with virtually no maintenance. A waterproofing treatment on the fabric guards against leaks.
Tall walls are a great way to block out unattractive views and noise while also providing shelter and privacy. An umbrella can be adjusted as needed to offer welcome relief from the hot sun.
Size and space limitations may determine the shape of your pool. Here, a curving rounded design for the pool and spa gives the square backyard a beautiful focal point.
A hybrid of a pool and spa, swim spas have water jets that allow the swimmer to swim against a constant flow of water. Ideal for small yards, they can also be heated for dual use as a spa and a swim spa.
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