Lap Pools for Narrow Landscapes

Check out these 20 creative designs for backyard swim zones.
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Long and Lean

Here is one inspired solution to a deep narrow lot from TaC Studios, Architects - a pool that runs the length of the house and also functions as a showcase water feature.

Lush Corner

A perfect addition to the tropical surroundings is this stylish pool from Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture with Bluestone surfacing, French Grey Diamond Brite interior and Ming Green marble tile.

Compact and Classy

Making the most of a limited backyard space is this clever design from Platinum Poolcare that brings together a lap pool, a cascading wall fountain, a hot tub under a pergola (in the background), a limestone deck for sunbathing and entertaining and a privacy border.

Multi-Purpose Design

An intimate backyard is enhanced by the addition of a swimming pool from Liquidscapes bordered by a side garden and a brick corner pier that can function as a food/drink tray, area for potted plants or a place to sit.

Terraced Waterscape

A pool feature is brilliantly integrated into a Mediterranean style courtyard in this stunning design by Pool Environments which is enhanced by the view from the scenic vantage point of the acrylic plexi-glass negative edge pool wall at the spa end.

Venetian Influence

Situated against the side of the house and running the entire length of the residence is this sleek pool concept designed by Lake Flato Architects that reflects the intimacy of the water canals of Venice.

Bay View

This innovatively designed infinity pool demonstrates one way to maximize limited yard space while enhancing a spectacular water view, be it the ocean, lake or bay.

In the Side Pocket

There is something both intimate and luxurious in this exquisite layout by Carl Gilley Landscape Design that incorporates a patio, lap pool and veranda into an idyllic outdoor living space on a side yard.

The Secret Behind the House

One solution for a residence with a deep and narrow backyard is to create a private recreation area that is ideal for entertaining and relaxation such as this design concept with the swimming pool as a dazzling water feature and a play zone.

Nighttime Reflections

Pools that glisten and sparkle in the sunlight take on a different visual allure at night with atmospheric lighting. Consider this rectangular water feature from Harold Leider Landscape Architects with cascading fountains and spray jets, a tile bridge and areas for lap swimming or wading.

All in the Details

Three liquid spillways and a wall accented by Zushi Natural tile with a second tier of Silver Pearl tile at the waterline transform this slender lap pool into a work of art.

Members Only

Surrounded by Travertine decking and featuring Creme de Menthe Pebble-Tec interior edging, this elegant pool runs the length of the veranda and provides a private retreat for the owners.

Skinny Chic

A long, narrow lap pool with an adjoining spa feature from Lang Pools blends in perfectly with the surrounding rock garden, rows of boxwoods and decking in a design by Lang Pools that makes the most of a compact yard.

Nestled in a Garden

Parallel beds of hydrangeas and a side garden frame this pool designed by Platinum Poolcare with a surface of French Gray Diamond Brite and buff colored Indiana Limestone coping.

Courtyard Fantasy

A courtyard-shaped back yard becomes an architectural fantasyland in this dazzling design which incorporates an infinity edge lap pool, hot tub, decorative spillways, concrete stepping pads and Ipe decking with limestone.

Ornamental and Functional

A swimming pool by Cipriano Pools serves as both a recreational feature and a stunning visual element in this private backyard oasis that accents the architectural design (notice the double mosaic tile walls at the far end of the pool).

The Side Yard Solution

If you have length but not width in your side yard, a lap pool is a great feature for both exercise, an entertainment area and a visually alluring water feature.

Not Your Typical Raised Bed

Here is a stylish but practical lap pool design that provides plenty of bench seating along its raised borders.

Soothing Clay Colors

Classic design elements result in a fresh, modern look in this original pool concept. The clay color scheme is achieved through the similarly toned porcelain tile, Leuder Limestone coping and the wok planters along the left edge. Four inch channels filled with Mexican beach pebbles subtly divide the surface area into large stepping pads for additional visual interest.

Side by Side

A delightful open air courtyard combining Ipe decking with concrete stepping pads pairs up beautifully with a lap pool/spa combo for maximum visual appeal.