Unique Pool Designs

If you�re looking to build a pool in San Antonio this year, you�re probably considering a multitude of different design options.

Maybe you�ve always dreamed of a freeform pool with curved edges and large waterfalls because it will fit in perfectly with your Hill Country home.

Or maybe you live in a more modern neighborhood, and your perfect pool has straight lines or a classic rectangle shape and contemporary water features.

All of our pools are custom designed for each of our customers, but you may want something even more unique.

That�s what we�re here to talk about today.

Let�s look at a few unique pool designs we�ve built in the past that you can create for yourself this year, making a few changes to truly make it your own.
This pool has a very distinct shape. All of its curves and twists make it difficult to put into a shape category aside from �custom.�

One area of the pool (shown in this photo on the right hand side), is a sunshelf, which is a six-inch deep portion of the pool � great for sunbathing when you want to cool off but not fully submerge in the water. The sunshelf has two bubblers inside it, which have a nice look and relaxing sound. The water from the sunshelf overflows into the main pool through the stepping stones.

Those stepping stones lead to a spa, which is almost entirely surrounded by water. The spa (aka hot tub) has a unique Keith Zars Pools therapy plunge and a stacked stone overflow, which pushes water from the spa into the pool, making a nice waterfall effect, which is very appealing to the eye.

The plaster color is a dark Pebble Tec, which gives the water that beautiful, dark blue color when the sunlight reflects on it.

Pair all of that with the lovely cut stone coping and the wonderfully green backyard, and you�ve got a pool that will make anyone say �Wow!�
Living in the Hill Country but still want something a little more unique than a typical freeform pool? This one is perfect!

The spa (hot tub) is surrounded by two Oklahoma flagstone beach entries (aka zero entry) that give it a beachy-river feel � great for a relaxing day spent in the backyard. The spa has a natural stone wall with an overflow that let�s the water from the spa flow back into the pool.

The wide waterfall has a grotto � great for kids, and the pool has an infinity edge (shown on the right side of this photo). The infinity edge flows over natural stones, similar to the stones on the outer edge of the spa, into a basin that truly makes this pool stand out from the crowd. The basin is plastered with Bead Crete, which are glass beads that give a 3-dimensional effect to the bottom of the pool. The most unique thing about this particular overflow basin, however, is that it is usable as a bar area. It sits directly in front of the outdoor kitchen (not shown in the photo), and has a row of marble bar stools with a matching marble bar top table. This area is perfect for entertaining guests or simply relaxing after a long day of work.
The shape of this pool is what makes it unique. Both the straight and curved edges keep it fresh and updated, no matter how old it is. Even the spa has a distinct shape, with a sheer descent overflow back into the main pool.

The large amount of decking around the pool makes it perfect for entertaining family and friends.

If you�ve got a lot of room in your yard, you may want to build a larger, more resort-style pool like this one. At nearly 100,000 gallons, the sheer size of this pool is what makes it so different from others.

With a size like that, of course, it has a lot of great features that you could add to any size pool.

To the left side of the photo, you see the expansive sun shelf. The right side of the photo shows a bit of the bar area, which is complete with three fire features and connected to one of two outdoor kitchens (the other outdoor kitchen is not shown in this photo).

The two spas make it easy to invite plenty of guests over without worrying if there will be enough room for everyone to relax.

In the center of the pool is an in ground fire pit with bench seating all around.

A separate diving pool (in the back) overflows into the main pool area and has a slide and grotto waterfall.

If you�re looking for a great backyard for entertaining, a pool similar to this one is what you need!

Of course, we have built many more unique swimming pools aside from these shown. Come design your pool with us, and maybe we�ll be able to add it to our next blog about unique pool designs!

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  • Coping/Decking: 
    • Keith Zars Pools delivers a wide range of coping and decking edges and finishes, and our stone masons will construct your coping and decking to flawlessly fit your pool. 
    • For a more contemporary look, consider clean, square-cut edges paired with a stunning array of elegant cut stone, travertine and porcelain finishes. 
    • For a more traditional look, consider bullnose-edge coping and freeform deck shapes coupled with the soothing textures and colors of flagstone, salt and cool coat finishes.

Water & Fire Feature Additions

The addition of water and fire features can enhance your entire outdoor experience in a variety of ways. The soothing sights and sounds of a new waterfall or water feature, or the warmth and light created by a fire bowl or fire pit, can create striking visuals, new focal points, and add a heightened level of symmetry, originality, functionality and luxury to your overall pool design.

  • Water Features: 
    • Adding water features, such as delightful bubblers on an existing sun shelf, lively deck jets around your pool’s coping, and stunning sheer descents or scuppers that allow water to gently cascade down a raised pool wall, provides gorgeous highlights and accents to your pool that you can marvel at.  
    • Waterfalls create a cozy, perennial and soothing look and feel to any pool. The beautifully colored stones and gently flowing water can bring balance and harmony to your outdoor space and transform your entire outdoor experience.
  • Fire Features: 
    • Fire bowls, fire pits and custom fire accent features give way to a spectacular display of color, vibrancy and light that allow you and your family to enjoy your pool day and night. Discover how the elements of water and fire combined create a magnetic and harmonious balance and produce a gorgeous chemistry that’s both subtle and bold.

Decking & Spa Additions

  • Added Deck Space
    • Expanding the amount of decking in your back yard can allow for more space to entertain and relax poolside. Imagine a new patio addition around your pool to place a set of comfortable lounging chairs, a stylish outdoor dining spot, a stunning outdoor kitchen area or a striking fire pit and seating area. 
  • Add a Spa
    • Adding a spa to your existing pool is a great way to bring a new level of functionality and enjoyment to your personal outdoor retreat. Spas offer a therapeutic experience and, with vast array of styles and custom features from which to choose, your new spa will not only relax and invigorate you, it can become the focal point of your pool and serve as an energetic and complementary addition to its entire design. 

New Pool Amenities

  • Are you looking to find new ways to spend time in your pool? Adding a swim-up bar, a sun shelf, and umbrella anchors can boost your experience and bring a new level of luxury to your outdoor space. 
  • For added recreational fun, consider incorporating a water slide, a diving board, a basketball goal or a volleyball anchor. 
  • You can even add or relocate steps and seat benches in your pool, or have new LED lights installed to broaden your pools functionality and visual appeal.

Alone you can dream of your ultimate backyard sanctuary. Together we can achieve it. Contact Keith Zars Pools today to schedule an appointment with one of our renovations experts and begin your pool remodeling project.

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We had a cocktail pool installed by KZP and the pool turned out fantastic. We received quotes from two other pool companies, and while KZP was the higher, they were also the only ones willing to work with our custom design. They use top-quality materials and offered a huge selection of pool fittings/finishes. Kent Ely in sales was easy to work with and was pressure-free at making the sale. Bill Sturgis was our site supervisor (we didn't see him very often but was very responsive to email, phone calls, or text messages). Elizabeth, in the design department, was fun to work with while we picked color scheme and tiles. They had a very small space to work with and they did what they had to do to make it work. I would recommend KZP to anyone.

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We are very excited to start using our Kieth Zar's pool this summer. They turned our backyard into our dream. Tony came out and answered all our questions on the initial visit, and measured everything in our backyard, including trees. He returned the next week with an outstanding design on paper and a 3-D model on the computer that made it come to life. We had some delays and struggles with HOA, but knowing that Zar's was in our corner and doing all the work to get everything approved, we had no worries. Work was completed on schedule, even with weather delays. John and Toby walked us through and answered all our questions along the whole build process. We also know we can still call with any more questions we have along the way, even though the job is complete.

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