23 Small Pool Ideas to Turn the Backyard into a Relaxing Retreat

From Decoist

Having a smaller yard doesn't preclude a homeowner from enjoying a backyard paradise.  Skilled designers can turn any space into a functional, relaxing, and memorable outdoor living space.  This post from Decoist illustrates this point perfectly, while showcasing 23 such examples of maximization of smaller backyards for the ultimate small retreats.

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Swimming Pools

From HGTV

Relax with these refreshing swimming pool design ideas & pictures.

Nothing gets the design juices flowing like pictures of finished projects.  This gallery from HGTV is a great way to start the process.  20 pictures of finished swimming pool and outdoor living projects are showcased and features like Chaise loungers, Grill Stations, and Outdoor Furniture are incorporated into some amazing vistas.

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61 Pictures of Swimming Pools for Your Backyard Design Ideas

From Home Stratosphere

There is no better way to gather design ideas and inspiration then by looking at other watershaper's finished products.  Swimming Pool desgins are various and sundry, and professional swimming pool designers have been pushing the envelope for half a century to maximize and highlight backyard amenities and to bring outdoor living to the masses.  This post from Home Stratosphere presents a finished gallery of 61 such spectacular designs to help the willing homeowner get the design process started.

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How much does it cost to build a swimming pool?

From Fixr

Budgeting for a new swimming pool can be an extremely frustrating experience.  There are so many variables that can affect the price of a swimming pool project, and there is scarce information available with which to formulate a solid budget that adjusts for geography, site conditions, material choices and market area.  Fortunately, this post from Fixr gives a great starting point.

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How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost? Let’s Break it Down

From Pool Pricer

How much an inground swimming pool will cost is the least understood aspect of home ownership.  Updating or renovating one's backyard to an outdoor living space with a pool is usually the second largest expenditure in one's life, and yet probably the one for which the homeowner is least prepared.  This post from Pool Pricer gives a great preliminary analysis of expected costs for this type of project.

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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Inground Pool?

From Home Advisor

Knowing how much money to budget for an outdoor project can save the homeowner time and valuable resources.  Very often a homeowner will develop a wish list, and go so far as to have a professional design an outdoor living project only to discover that they are way over their budget.  This leads to unrealistic expectations and diappointment on both sides of the transaction.  This post from Home Advisor presents some realistic average cost figures that when adjusted for market and geography will assist in formulating the all-important budget.

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Best Swimming Pool Designs for Home • Interior Design

From Home Design Ideas via Youtube

Looking at completed pictures of projects is a great way to spur on the design process.  This video from Home Design Ideas on Youtube presents a video of completed projects that showcase creative ideas for swimming pools and integration into the overall landscape design.  Going from the traditional to the modern, this video should give the homeowner a great start towards finding the perfect design for their own home.

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