When designing your swimming pool, it’s important to also design the garden around it. Designing a pool as a stand-alone feature can isolate it from the rest of the garden. It’s also important to think about whether you need a pump house for the filtration system and heating unit, whether you want the pool to be chlorinated, where the pool covers will be placed and how seating will fit into the plan.

THE LAKESIDE POOL

There are not many gardens that back onto a lake. We took special care when designing this garden to make sure we didn’t impact the views, hence we used a delicate steel black fence and used planting to interrupt the line of the handrail to avoid it detracting from the overall look.

The pool includes a Jacuzzi in one corner, allowing the client to sit and enjoy the panoramic display. The pool is modern in design, which is why we used a softer, more traditional paving stone that compliments the surrounding landscape. To further complement the existing landscape, we designed a lawn to connect the garden to the bank of the lake.

THE LARGE FAMILY POOL

Large gardens can easily accommodate a large pool with seating. Large pools are becoming more popular thanks to improved ease of maintenance. We designed this pool with a state-of-the-art filtration system that cuts down power usage while keeping the water crystal clear.

If you like the idea of sunbathing around a pool and have the space to accommodate one but you’re worried about maintenance, then don’t be. Large pools are becoming more popular thanks to improved ease of maintenance. We designed this pool with a state-of-the-art filtration system that cuts down power usage while keeping the water crystal clear.

THE ROCKERY WATERFALL

If you like rockeries and streams, there is no better way to connect the garden to the pool than having a stream running between the two. It’s a great way of integrating a man-made structure into the natural garden environment.

We installed the pump for the streams under the pool, hidden from view. The large rocks were bedded into concrete to provide a safe diving area.

For continuity, the pool is designed in a natural, irregular shape that further enhances the garden. Ideally, a pool should be designed to fit into the garden rather than the garden being designed around a pool.

THE LUXURY COUNTRY POOL

In gardens where the pool is to be the main focal point, great care has to be taken to frame the pool. That’s why we designed this pool with a curved patio. The patio meanders around the pool and softens it. To lift the paving, we used brick edging to further frame the pool.

We installed raised seating to act as a platform, creating a seating area with views over the pool and down the garden. To make a feature of the platform and to drown out the traffic noise from the road that runs alongside the garden, we installed four waterfalls

THE MODERN POOL

In a small garden, it’s best if a pool has a more contemporary design. We designed this pool to run parallel to the house. The pool is relatively narrow so that it doesn’t take up too much of the garden, allowing for plenty of lush planting behind.

The garden is very modern, so the pool has been designed with a modern coping stone. This modern coping stone sets the theme for the pool. A key consideration was where the pond cover would go. We designed the pool so that the cover would be out of sight on the right-hand side of the pool, in the corner of the garden.

THE COTTAGE GARDEN POOL

Rustic pools typically have a curved shape, replicating the lines of a stream, which tend to meander. We chose to use a rustic paving stone with natural hues to help tie in the rustic feel of the pool.

We planted the back border in the main curve of the pool, adding a symbiosis and connection between the garden and the pool. We added the planting not only for its visual impact but also to screen the pool from the windows of neighbouring houses.

THE OFFSET POOL

A mid-style is neither rustic nor modern. In this garden, the client had an existing large block-paved garden and wanted to add a pool into that space. The blocks set the tone for the design, so we designed a square, irregular pool that works with the layout of the garden. The client had children, so the sizeable surrounding paving creates plenty of space for them to run around and play.

Often, pools are designed primarily for children, so creating plenty of space to run around is key. Here, the pool and paving take up a large proportion of the garden. With so little lawn, we included a substantial amount of planting to balance this out and create a nice backdrop for the pool.

THE RAISED POOL

This swimming pool is hidden from the house. The surrounding landscape is very attractive, so adding a swimming pool in plain sight would detract from this view. We designed a dividing wall between the seating area and the pool so that when viewing the garden from the house, the pool is completely unnoticeable.

The pool was dug into the bank to lower it further and create a gentle slope from the pool up to the main garden.

We installed two seating areas at the back and front of the pool, providing very different functions. It’s a good way of providing a lot of seating without the garden looking cluttered

THE CONTEMPORARY POOL

In gardens that are, small a pool can connect the different zones. We designed this pool to connect the decking area with sun loungers and the dining area. The pool acts as the main feature of the garden, providing a lovely focal point to sit around.

To brighten up the garden and take attention past the pool, we planted a hedge of yellow flowers.

THE STONE SPA POOL

When designing a pool in a lower part of a side garden, there is less need to connect that part of the garden to the surrounding garden. In this garden, there wasn’t much to connect to, allowing us to create a modern pool. The pool makes a feature of this side area.

We installed a Jacuzzi to act as the focal point of the structure. If you intend to spend the majority of your time in a Jacuzzi, it should be placed in the centre of the pool

THE FUTURISTIC GARDEN

The balance of lighting is important in this garden, and we needed to use light strategically to accentuate the contrast between blue and green. But it’s not only about colour; it’s also about depth and form. For example, we lit the topiaries to lift their creative shapes and bring their contours to the forefront.

The pool in the centre has such an impact that we had to plant prominent borders for balance. We then used the lighting to reflect the green of the plants on the water to unite the contrasting features of the design. A central walkway makes the pool look more like a contemporary pond and provides a route across the water.