HGTV Dream Home 2005: Swimming Pool and Patio Pictures

Feeling more like a resort than a house, a Texas home built for entertaining culminates with the outdoor pool and grill area.

A Little Bit of Everything

Gorgeous Texas limestone columns punctuate a broad space that includes a large teak dining table, top-of-the-line gas grill and swimming pool.

Warm Additions

Providing a center of gravity to any size gathering is the stately limestone fireplace, which creates a wonderful focal point while adding a soft glow.

Cool Off Spot

Landscape architect Alan King was especially excited about the prospects of designing with a pool. \"What a fantastic element in a house that has ... a fitness feel. Here on the lake (with) boating, fishing and the outdoor environment, we wanted an area where people could come up and cool off and also use this as an entertainment feature.\"

Swim for Your Health

\"It's basically like a swimming treadmill,\" Alan says about the pool. \"You can swim against that current and never get to the end.\" Combined with the dual treadmills and workbenches in the exercise room, HGTV Dream Home 2005 is suited for active, healthy lifestyles like no other Dream Home before it.

Entertain on a Whim

The \"Dream Team\" engaged in a spirited discussion on whether the columns would impede the gorgeous views of Lake Tyler. \"We felt very confident that we needed to create a perceived wall here, which gives the entire cooking and dining area a more intimate feeling,\" Alan says.

Intimate Dining

There is so much more to this area — the large cooking space with a state-of-the-art grill, the outdoor fireplace, the large teak dining table and the drapes of the breezeway, which can either shut out the light for the entertainment room or serve as a changing room for poolgoers.

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