Given the balmy weather lately in Atlanta (excepting this week), it's hard not to daydream of warmer days and all that entails, such as enjoying a dip in a pool. If that new English home was mine, I know exactly what style pool I would have installed. I have an affinity for rectangular pools surrounded by grass on a few (if not all) sides and that's exactly what I'd have done. Here are a few of my inspiration photos for the perfect pool.
I recently stumbled across this photo by Andreas von Einsidel while reading through posts on the Blueprint Bliss blog. It became an instant favorite. I don't think I'd ever tire of that view.
This home designed by architect William Hefner showcases the perfect example of a long, narrow lap pool. It's interesting how the blue color of the home's windows and doors mixes gracefully with the blue water of the pool. I wonder if that was on purpose or just a nod to French architecture.
No post about my favorite pools would be complete without showing the pool from the Mediterranean Masterpiece post I did recently. Having seen the pool in person at the peak of summer, I can attest to just how superb it is. Photography by Blayne Beacham.
One of my favorite things about Atlanta is how lush the landscape is. This pool and landscape designed by Land Plus is an excellent example of that. I have seen this pool in person as well. It's perfect in every way. To see more of the house, view a post about it on Things That Inspire.
Aside from the fact that all of the pools are rectangular and surrounded by grass, you're probably noticing another theme in my favored pools: a stone border. This pool house from Phoebe Howard's portfolio highlights another example of just that.
This house designed by Ferguson & Shamamian Architects illustrates how captivating an infinity edge pool can be. The view from the covered patio makes it appear as if the pool and the body of water in the distance are one.
Perhaps the most alluring of my photos is this one from Martha Stewart Living. The white flowers (hydrangeas?) on the bushes really speak to me. White and green are the two principal colors I prefer in a landscape. I appreciate other colors, but enjoy the simplicity of just the two. Beyond the plant life, another detail in this picture that represents what I like in a pool is the steps. I like for the pool to have length-of-the-pool steps. By that I mean that the steps span from one end to the other on the narrow side of the pool instead of just being in the corner or some other configuration.
This pool stands out mostly because of the unique roofs on the structures straddling the pool. Photography by Alec Hemer via Tricia Joyce. I know I found the first image from an architect's site (McAlpine? Ken Tate?), but unforunately I don't recall which one.
Landscaping makes the house in my opinion. For me a house's glass is half full without the proper landscape architecture to complete it. These pools represent part of that completion at its finest. This post is just the beginning of many more posts I intend to dedicate to landscape architecture - something I believe is under-represented on design blogs in general.