Garden pool design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Few things are as fun as being able to soak up the sun and go for a refreshing dip in your very own swimming pool. There are various different pools, designs and costs involved in building a swimming pool, and in this article, we will learn about  garden pools and how they can benefit you and your family.

What is a garden pool?

A garden pool is a pool located in the garden of a property, and they can often feature beautiful surrounds, as well as blend into the garden’s landscaping. These pools are stylish and depending on the size of your garden, they can be grand and large, or smaller and cozy.

When it comes to the materials used in the building of pools, they will differ depending on the design of the pool. Materials can include the likes of vinyl, concrete, fibreglass and ceramic pools.

Inground vs above ground pools

Price tag - Inground pools are more expensive than their inferior above ground cousins, however, both types range across various price categories. 

Safety - Above ground pools are safer compared to inground pools according to statistics which suggested that more drownings take place in an inground pool. 

Aesthetics - Inground pools are likely to be far more attractive than above ground pools. 

Lifespan - All inground pools are more durable in the long-run than above ground pools and are made with solid materials.

Permanence - If you’re only looking to have a temporary pool then you’d probably want to opt for an above ground pool as these are not permanent and can be removed. On the other hand, inground pools are permanent.   

Value - Inground pools are expensive to build and maintain compared to above ground pools, but they will add value to your property should you wish to resell at a later stage.   

Child safety for swimming pools 

Both the above ground and inground pool can do with safety measures such as pool covers, safety nets, pool gates, safety barriers and safety pool alarms. Teaching your children to swim and how to respect any body of water will go a long way to secure safety while swimming even as they grow up.

Basic designs and features of a garden pool 

A garden swimming pool can come in several designs and you can choose the one that is best suited to your preference and needs. Some of the designs include but are not limited to the following:

Infinity pools 

With their vanishing edge, it tends to look as if the pool carries on into the surrounding setting. These pools are best located on higher landscapes overlooking the ocean, mountain, or cityscape. These are very attractive and dramatic designs make a splendid garden pool.  

Perimeter overflow pools 

These pools are similar to that of an infinity pool, however, only one side of the pool edges off into the surrounding environment.

Lap pools 

Lap pools can come in various shapes but the most common amongst these are the rectangular shape. They work well in a narrow garden and can provide you with your swimming laps for your workout on any day.

Geometric pools 

Geometric garden pools are great for a modern chic home and garden and serve as excellent garden pools. Some can showcase a fountain or water feature and others simply a superb pool design with vanishing edges and spillways, all creating a beautiful work of art.

Custom pools 

Custom shapes make creating your ideal pool for your garden the perfect one because you can give the nod on design options viable for your garden.

Pros and Cons of having a pool in your garden


- These pools are attractive and will increase the value of your property 

- They are an excellent means to help cool you down on those hot summer days 

- They are available in various designs to suit your preference 

- If they are located under trees or a single tree, they may enjoy shade for a really cool swim. 

- With a pool in your yard, you’re able to host some wonderful outdoor events 

- Your outdoor pool will give you a good workout.


- Garden pools may pose extra maintenance measures given their placement in the garden 

- Owning a pool in your garden may increase your insurance rates.

- It is expensive to install or build a pool on your property. 

- It will add to your utility bill costs.

If you’re worried about space in your garden, you could also consider installing a hot tub or spa bath which will also help you to simply relax in the tranquil settings of your garden surroundings.

What will it cost to build a pool?

When it comes to the cost of building any given garden pool, it’s clear that the prices may vary depending on the design and materials used. On average an estimate inground pool could roughly cost from $10,000 to $30,000 to build.

Are you looking to custom-design your garden pool for your home? Do you need help getting the ball rolling on where to start with your pool building project? Why not browse one of our skilled professionals at Homify and let our team assist you in your endeavors to build, design and find inspiration for your home.