Ideas for Beautiful Swimming Pool Design

The decision to add a pool to your backyard is beneficial for enjoyment and can increase the value of your home. There are many aspects that go into pool designs, but knowing what major components to consider and which industry experts to contact can help you successfully design your dream pool and make your pool construction process fun and exciting.


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Custom geometric pool with spa, bubbler and water fountains

Pool Size and Purpose

One important decision to make when designing a pool is its size and purpose. When choosing the size of your pool, there are several things to consider. How much space do you have to work with? How many people does the pool need to accommodate? The space where you are placing your pool should always be your first consideration when choosing your pool size. Existing landscapes, grades, terrain and accessibility can affect your pool’s size, shape and location. Now, ask yourself about the purpose of your pool. Will your pool be used for diving, lounging, exercise, swimming, therapy, sports or a combination of any of these? The design of your pool depends on answering these questions.

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Straight line pool with waterfall and all-glass tile infinity spa

Pool Design

Your pool is the main attraction in your backyard, so choosing the right pool design is important! A major factor when designing your pool is ensuring your pool blends well with the natural surroundings of your property. Take into account your home and yard’s architectural design—natural shading and shadows that occur in your yard, landscaping (such as your existing trees and plants) and the easement of your property. Do you want to preserve certain trees in your yard and build your pool around them? Do you have any easement restrictions that require HOA approval? Accessibility is another factor. If you have a modern-looking home you’ll likely want a modern geometric or straight line pool. If you have a more rustic-looking home, you may want a pool that has a freeform shape and looks more natural. Try to choose a pool design that will complement your outdoor area in a way that fits naturally. A design that will blend with and enhance your existing outdoor environment is paramount. Ask the experts to help you design your pool based on your wants and needs that take into consideration any obstacles that may need to be overcome.

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All-glass tile pool with waterfall and spa

Special Pool Features

Once you’ve figured out the purpose, size, shape and design of your pool, you should begin to think about extra features and details you may want to incorporate. Different features you can add to your pool are spas, waterfalls, sun shelves, grottos, scuppers, bubblers, spillovers, weeping walls, fire elements, garden structures, waterslides, a basketball goal or an outdoor kitchen. All of these options can enhance the overall look and function for your backyard and make your pool unique. Keith Zars Pools offers customers these various ways to customize their pools. Another feature to consider is your pool finish. LX Glass and Pebble Tec are high-end and innovative pool finishes that will beautify your pool. You can also select from a wide range of tile, including glass, ceramic and natural stone. You also have options for your pool’s coping or edging finishes. Planning ahead is essential for ensuring that your pool design will be able to accommodate any features you might want.

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Custom pool with waterslide, basketball goal and slab stone waterfall


The decision to build and design a pool is an exciting one. At Keith Zars Pools in San Antonio we would love to help you bring your dream pool to life! Click on the following link to find out more about your pool design options or to schedule an appointment to speak with a pool expert: https://keithzarspools.com/contact-us/

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If you have questions about a commercial or residential project or would like to schedule a no-obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our designers, please call us at 210-494-0800. If you prefer, you can e-mail us at info@keithzarspools.com, or fill out the form right here on this page.

  • 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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