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Swimming Pool Interior Surface Finishes

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While building a pool, there are many things to consider.  One of the biggest items for a homeowner to prioritize when building a pool is selecting a pool interior surface.  A swimming pool’s surface is an essential part of the oasis that deserves a high level of attention. Choosing the material for your pool’s surface will impact the appearance and …

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Including Fire Features In Your Pool Design

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Backyard living is becoming a standard home addition for many homeowners. While homeowners add outdoor kitchens, dining areas, terraces, outdoor TV’s, and speakers throughout their yard, fire features are on top of the list. Many want to extend the hours they can use their pools and the surrounding environment, and fire features are the perfect solution. Fire features give an …

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Top 5 Pool Trends for 2020

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It is time to look at the new trends for swimming pools and outdoor living. Like every year, we reinforce our belief that a backyard is the new living room. Trends that can be exciting and fresh and some continue to be popular. Based on our recent projects, here are the top five trends for 2020: Sunken Outdoor Kitchen The …

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Pool Inside Another Pool

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Pool construction companies have been building custom-designed pools for a long time. There are standard shapes and sizes of pools, but the features a homeowner adds to their oasis truly personalizes the backyard. Whether you add a spa, a waterfall, or other water features a custom-designed pool is born.  We cannot discard the fact that homeowners get involved in the …

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Acrylic Pool Walls – A New Trend in Swimming Pool Décor

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Imagine enjoying the view inside the pool, or from the outside? The oasis becomes an experience for the senses. It creates a surreal scene, challenging the perception of space and gravity. Adding acrylic walls to a swimming pool becomes a key element of the design. The floating swimming pool is one of the latest attractions in a Downtown Houston luxury …

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Learn the Advantages of Artificial Turfs

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Artificial turf is becoming more popular in decoration and landscaping.   You may find it in many homes where golf putting is key or making an oasis more natural.  Many public areas like schools and parks are opting for a lawn with “less maintenance.”  What it used to be a synthetic green and plastic cover, the new artificial turf is more …

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Outdoor Grills – Know the Facts

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Summer is here, and everyone is getting ready to enjoy the outdoors.  Homeowners with swimming pools and outdoor kitchens are getting ready for entertaining, especially when it comes to having a barbecue. Nowadays, outdoor living is going stronger than ever.  It means having a lovely patio, a pavilion or a pergola, complete with an outdoor kitchen and don’t forget the …

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Advantages of Lime Coat Decking

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Your swimming pool is the best feature of your home.  Over time, a pool deck can get cracks, stains, or can get ugly from years of exposure to weather elements.  Limestone overlays can convert your oasis into an extraordinary area.  Imagine a custom designed stone surface in your backyard pool area, lime coat decking is durable, has beautiful textures, colors, …

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Pergola – Decorating Ideas

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Summer is around the corner, and you may want to spend your Saturday mornings working in the garden.  When you spend time under a pergola after a well-deserved break, you can enjoy a shaded area in your backyard, some privacy or create a dining area to share with the family. Pergolas are a backyard oasis feature that creates a shaded …

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Sunken Lounges – A Trend in Outdoor Living

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Are you tired of seeing the same flat backyard?  Let us inspire you with some focal points such as a sunken lounge. Since the mid-1950s, sunken parlors became the rage, especially when designing mid-century homes.  Today, you can see sunken areas (also known as conversation areas) appearing in backyards across the country. With a sunken lounge, you have encouragement for …

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Kamado Grill – Outdoor Cooking at its Finest

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More than 4,000 years ago, Chinese, Indians, and Japanese cooked their food in clay cups, using wood and coal as fuel.  Many historians and archaeologists published books revealing information of Indian tandoors, cylindrical clay ovens ideal for slow cooking, and Mush kamados, round ceramic pots with a removable dome shape, ideal for making steamed rice. The Kamado first came to …

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Hydrotherapy Spas – Know Its Benefits

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If you have a spa in your pool, say thanks to the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs, among others.  They used the baths as public spaces for enjoyment and relaxation.  They also studied the properties of water to treat diseases such as rheumatic, dermatological and respiratory affections, circulatory problems, metabolic disorders, etc.  The inclusion of a spa into a swimming pool …

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Water Features Helping to Reduce Stress

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Water features are becoming a staple of swimming pools, especially here in Houston, TX.  They serve as a decorative or fun element or a swimming pool.  Water features also provide other benefits that accentuate the natural and relaxing properties that water already provides.  The idea of decorating your swimming pool with water features go beyond that; it’s all about rest …

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An Umbrella for Your Swimming Pool and Patio

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A patio provides spaces that homeowners should take advantage of.  Surprisingly, an umbrella can make a huge difference; it means having pleasant moments with family and friends and creating lasting memories. However, the umbrella is also an accessory that is a trend in swimming pool decoration.  If your swimming pool has a tanning deck or a beach entry, don’t hesitate …

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Pool Slides – How to Select the Right One for Your Swimming Pool

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Having a pool at home can be one of the best advantages.  It gives a very festive and recreational atmosphere, helping to reduce everyday stress, and a brilliant excuse to share pleasant times with friends and family. If you have ever gone to a water parks, you probably saw many pools, different shapes, heights, and colors, making you want to …

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Bar Stools, Tables and Swim-Up Bars – Customizing Your Swimming Pool

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Since its creation, swim-up bars made it possible to enjoy a drink or a snack without getting out of the pool. It would take years to become one of the favorite additions to a swimming pool in residential backyards. Eventually, the in-pool table and bar stools came along for those who didn’t have any or little patio space but wanted …

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Pool Loungers

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Do you remember going to the beach and putting your lounge chair close to the water?  We are sure many of you have done that.  It is the memories of the beach, the lounge chair, the salt water, the perfect combination of sun and cool. Many clients who come to Platinum Pools request a tanning ledge for their swimming pool.  …

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Patio Furniture – Making Your Backyard an Outdoor Family Room

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Finally!  You and your family decided on building a swimming pool. The area of the home that was just with a bit of grass will now host an oasis that will bring good memories for a long time.  Eventually, you will have a few gatherings where the patio will be the area of celebration.  Of course, the right furniture can …

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Spa Spillways

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Every day our designers and construction workers spend time in providing the ultimate fun and relaxation for our customers.  In today’s pool construction, more than 80% of customers want a unique design that includes an in-ground spa. When we create a backyard paradise, we are offering families the ultimate fun and relaxation without having to leave their home.  Integrating a …

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The Diving Board – An All-Time Pool Favorite

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The swimming pool is the perfect place for family leisure. A classic pool accessory you can add to your pool is the diving board.  Although many believe that the diving board is a thing of the past, placing one in your sanctuary can convert your pool into an ideal playground for the whole family.  If you are into sports, this …

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The Spa – Available Shapes and Its Benefits

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Today, many customers who want a swimming pool in their backyards include a spa as part of the complete outdoor experience.  No matter if it is connected, raised with a spillway or separated, spas give the family enjoyment all year round.  Spas provide relaxation while the kids entertain themselves with the water jets.   In-ground raised spas also have beauty features …

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Waterline Tile – How to Select the Best for Your Swimming Pool

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When the time comes to choose a tile for your swimming pool, it can be a bit crazy.  From porcelain to glass, all are great. But, which one is the best tile for your pool?  One of the most significant sections in a swimming pool is the waterline tile. A waterline tile gives your swimming pool a distinctive look that …

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Raised Walls for Your Swimming Pool – Its Function and Versatility

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One of the most significant features of eastern Texas is its landforms.  We are not far from the coast, but we are lucky enough to enjoy the plains.  It is also great for agriculture, raising horses and building swimming pools. Our construction staff and designers find some interesting situations such as a slope near a lake.  The question arises on …

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The Advantages of Adding a Putting Green with Your New Pool

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Putting greens are the latest rage in backyard living.  It’s the classic entertainment for all ages.  Children will have fun learning the sport while adults will practice getting better at their game. You may be asking why we are posting about putting greens when we are a swimming pool construction company.  Well, many of our customers enjoy playing golf, and …

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Weeping Walls

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At Platinum Pools, we are excited to meet new people and continue building swimming pools for our fellow Texans.  As more pool owners are looking to build a new pool or renovate their oasis, some may want to add a water feature that will give them the sound of nature and relaxation.  Waterfalls are one of the most requested water …

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In-Floor Cleaning System – The Most Effective Option to Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean

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If you own an in-ground swimming pool, you may know that there are different pool cleaning systems available.  Without a doubt, there is one systems that is gaining more followers in newly constructed pools. We are talking about the integrated systems for cleaning your oasis automatically.  They are also known as in-floor pool cleaners. The demand for this product increases …

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Swimming Pool Fill Types – Know the Facts

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Anyone who has a swimming pool, or plans to have one, must be aware that water levels will go down from your pool due to evaporation.  In addition to losing water from evaporation, water levels in your oasis can also go down due to water splashing out of the pool as you and your family play in the pool.  To …

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Swimming Pool Interior Surfaces – All Tile or Pebble?

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It can be hard to decide what you want to do when it comes to the interior surface of your swimming pool.  Today, all tile and Pebble Tec are very popular swimming pool surfacing options.  When it comes to choosing tile for your pool, there are porcelain, glass, ceramic and stone, with all sorts of styles, colors and, variations to …

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What You Need to Know About Fire Feature Glass and Lava Rocks

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Texans love to have a fire pit in their backyards.  It is the natural element that brings families and friends together, provides warmth during the fall and winter months, and gives a romantic moment under a full moon. However, when it comes to the aesthetic appeal of your fire pit, there are many options available.  While ceramic logs are the …

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Adding Rain Descents To Your Pool

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When deciding on what features you want on your new backyard pool there are many different pool add-on options to choose from. Some of the most popular options to add to a pool are water features. In this post, we are going to focus on one water feature, rain descents. What is a Rain Descent? A rain descent (also known …

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Pergolas vs Pavilions – What You Need to Know

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Backyards are now the new living room. The original swimming pool with a simple slab of concrete for its deck has now transformed into an exotic deck made with beautiful natural stones and patterned concrete.  Basic swimming pools have evolved into an artistic spectacle with water features, fire features, outdoor living spaces and more for everyone to enjoy. With cooking …

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Mini Jets – Swimming Pool “Wow Effect”

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There is nothing that soothes the soul as much as the view and sound of moving water. That is why water features are such a popular and fast-growing improvement for pools and their environments.  When you add water features to your pool, it adds both beauty and excitement to your backyard oasis.  There are endless water feature choices available anywhere …

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Fire Pits – The Perfect Swimming Pool Add-On

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Winter time is here.  For the past eight years, backyard living is more popular than ever with many homeowners adding outdoor kitchens with dining areas, terraces, outdoor TV and speakers throughout their backyard oasis.   With all these great outdoor living features, the fire pit is number one especially when it comes to swimming pool accessories.  Many pool owners want to …

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Why Your New Swimming Pool Needs LED Lights!

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We all know that installing a lighting system to your swimming pool allows you to spend more hours of relaxation and enjoyment in your pool.  Today, swimming pool underwater lighting systems have come a long way thanks to technology.  What used to be a mere light bulb behind a glass cover has developed into lights that can last up to …

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The Advantages of Having Scuppers for Your Swimming Pool

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When you add water features to your swimming pool design, you are adding beauty and excitement to your custom-designed oasis.  There is a wide selection of water features to choose from, but it all boils down to your imagination and preference.  Scuppers are a popular water feature when it comes to a swimming pool design. There are scuppers that range …

Why Timers and Pool Automation Systems are Important?

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Your swimming pool is the ultimate recreational space at home; and like everything, it requires maintenance to keep it in optimal condition.  A timer is an idyllic device to run your filter system at set times each day.  Not only it will help automate the filtering process, but it will also provide you additional time to relax and do other …

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Extend Your Pool Season with a Pool Heater

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Imagine swimming in your pool at night time; or, extending the pool season giving you more days to enjoy your oasis. Now you can by adding a pool heater to your swimming pool. The question now is which pool heater should you buy? We are lucky enough that Texas is one of the few states where you can enjoy an …

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Fire and Water Features – Beauty and Excitement!

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When Greek philosophers studied the materials that make the concept of reality, they concluded that four elements would always exist: earth, water, fire, and air.  Today, these elements play a vital role when it comes to pool construction, and how a project with those features can create a wow effect. Fire And Water Pool Features Fire and water features give …

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Sheer Descents: Add Beauty and Life to Your Pool Day and Night!

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Sheer descents are a captivating water feature that can be added on any new, remodeled or existing pool or spa. Characteristics Sheer descents produce a clear water arc.  They are versatile in providing a wide variety of water effects and simple adjustments, easily adapt to your taste or any environment.  This water feature is available in different lengths, anywhere from …

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Outdoor Speakers for Your Oasis – Know the Facts

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All outdoor speakers generally have a protective seal on the diffuser, connectors, and wiring to protect them from outdoor elements such as dirt and moisture. Many people believe that a diffuser when “weather sealed,” has a weaker sound quality than a home stereo system. This statement is not accurate since: The speakers are the proper frequency to compensate the shell. …

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Streams – From the Spa to the Swimming Pool

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An in-ground swimming pool is a significant advantage when it comes to design, beauty, and a long-lasting feature for your home.  It gives room for customization.  When a customer comes to visit our offices, our team of experts helps to design the oasis that expresses a personality. We provide an array of features to complement any pool design.  Streams are …

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The Advantages of Having an Outdoor Kitchen

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Americans are no strangers to cooking outdoors, especially in the summertime.  Ever since the Food Network started, we couldn’t resist watching Bobby Flay preparing a great BBQ on the rooftop.  We also can’t help but watch do-it-yourself channels, showing off different people’s ideas and designs of outdoor living spaces.  Who wouldn’t want to have their own outdoor family room? Or …

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Popular Pool Add-On Trends for 2018

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Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial welcoming of the season of sun and fun.  It is also a great time to enjoy a staycation, where your backyard becomes the new family room and your oasis is the most envied resort in the neighborhood.  Like every year, new and innovative trends come along the way.  Some popular add-ons are now entering …

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Swimming Pool Tile – Know Your Options

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When the time comes to choose the tile for your swimming pool, it can get a bit crazy.  With tons of different pool tile options ranging from porcelain to glass. All different types of pool tile look great. But, which tile option is the best one for you and your pool? This will come down to your personal preference and …

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Different Types of Pool Decking

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The swimming pool is not just a hole in the ground filled with water; it’s so much more.  A swimming pool has lights, waterfalls, grottos, tanning shelves, etc.  When the time comes to build an oasis, it’s the decking that will make your pool stand out.  We could say that pool decking is the add-on fashionista of the backyard; the decking will …

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The Future of Swimming Pool Automated Apps

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It’s great to have a pool to relax, exercise and have fun with family and friends.  With today’s technology, you can now control your pool via apps conveniently located on your smartphone.  Imagine turning your pools fountains on or off, programming the filter and water pump, turning LED lights to go on at night all from your mobile phone.  Mobile …

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A Must Have Add-On…The Tanning Ledge

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Each year the swimming pool goes through some minor changes.  There is a variety of add-ons to choose from, of course, and one of them is the tanning ledge.  Look around and see how this innovative, convenient pool feature, has become a favorite amongst pool owners. Many people, who grew up in sunny areas with access to a beach, may …

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The Advantages of Having a Swim Jet in Your Pool

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For baby boomers, Mark Spitz was the athlete who set the standard of competitive swimming while for millennials, Michael Phelps is the epiphany of the Olympic sport.  We all know that these two swimming heroes started their sports careers in their very own backyard.  The notion of swimming from one end of the pool to the other, whether among friends …

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Add-Ons to Customize Your Swimming Pool

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Purchasing an in-ground swimming pool is a major decision.  There are many shapes and sizes to choose from but choosing the best shape and size is dependent on the available space in your backyard.  Another thing you need to consider when having your pool designed is making sure that the pool design will match with your home and the surrounding …