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39 Lap Pool Design Ideas

March 15, 2022

Get that umbrella drink ready. These swimming pools will transform any size outdoor space into an aquatic retreat.

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Photo: Bill Horne Architectural Photography. From: Debra Ackerbloom Interiors, Inc.

Lap Pool Love

Offering private-plunge fun in a trendy little package, the lap pool has become an aquatic icon with a reach way beyond exercise. The term now describes any long and narrow pool, so it can be both a style choice and the ideal immersive for a size-challenged backyard. Include a sun shelf, beach entry, integrated spa — whatever your private-oasis priorities. Infinity edges and modern overflows add visual appeal and make the water less choppy if you do want to get that butterfly practice in. Or churn up the pool deliberately with deck jets, bubblers, waterfalls and cascading scuppers. Drop it in a deck, wrap it in a patio: Lap pool installation can be in-ground, above-ground or a little of both. Serious swimmers like a pool 40 feet or longer, but your resident seal will enjoy even the smaller models with swim jets that provide a constant current to swim against. So, itty-bitty backyard and petite-patio homeowners, fret not: You can fit a lap pool there. Let us show you.

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Photo: Village Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International. From: Village Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Decadent Deck Dunks

A lap pool was the ideal inclusion for this wood-veneered island in the heart of a palm forest. Sometimes called a deck pool when it's encased like so, this aquatic runway is tiled in a zesty turquoise mosaic and situated within a short distance of all the modern home's living areas, inside and out. Practicalities include an automatic pool cover ibarely noticeable in front of the mini-me poolhouse. A third of this pool is devoted to a jetted spa, with a trio of floating pavers neatly dividing strokes from soaks.

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Photo: Caryn Waechter. From: Environmental Design Studio.

No Yard Needed

This patio-spanning California lap pool draws an enthralling, baby-blue border between chic chateau and a free-flowing hillside. The white-tiled pool is part of the home's smooth and linear profile, and it meets the gorgeous textural greenery of its surroundings like a glamorous yet genial neighbor. No need for a separate poolside structure — a ventilated awning offers pergola attention to the pool while maintaining clean, modern lines.

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Photo: Harry Norman, REALTORS, a member of Luxury Portfolio International, Photographer: Back River Photography. From: Harry Norman, REALTORS and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Historical Drama

A gothic lap pool makes a romantic companion for this 1858 residence in the heart of Savannah's National Historic Landmark District. Set within a contrasting red brick patio, the concrete pool is further delineated by manicured greenery. High stucco walls offer privacy from street views, and the pool's tidy design leaves garden room for orange-tree chaperones.

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