68 Outdoor Swimming Pools, Tubs, Showers Grass Design Photos And Ideas

Pool, garden
The guest house overlooks the pool.
An aerial view of
The ramped bridge that leads to an upper yard and pool
An outdoor patio where the owners can enjoy some Californian sunshine after a swim.
The back view of 3525 El Lado Drive.
Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate
The resort-like atmosphere of the home set on a two acre garden, is magnified by the stunning indoor-outdoor pool.
In seaside Tuscany, Italian architecture firm FABBRICANOVE realized a villa that embraces modern lines and the mild climate.
The magnificent grounds provide ideal views of LA beyond.
The pool stretches across a rolling lawn that ends at the foot of the wooded mountains.
Homeowners Matthew and Lindsay Thomas, who build houses for a living, worked with architects Todd Hamilton and Scott Slagle to create their own residence—a vernacular form characterized by horizontal clapboard cladding and a standing-seam, paint-grip roof.
A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary  structure, and (often) building skin.”
Melanie suns beneath the lattice on the porch between the pool and the pool house, which is clad in Cor-Ten steel.
Precast concrete beams typically used for highways are repurposed in the creative Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio in Madrid.
Wildlife are frequent visitors here, but the area’s active woodpeckers aren’t very welcome, so the house is clad in corrugated metal siding by Recla Metals.
Aranzazu House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
Torcuato House Pavilion - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
Torcuato House Pavilion - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below.
Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air.
Exterior with infinity pool-VILLA CP
Working with contractor Mike Stayer of Core Construction, the designers created an indoor/outdoor environment for the family. The kids hang out while Jaclyn helms the grill from Barbeques Galore. The Eos Collection dining set is from Design Within Reach. An Element coffee table from CB2 occupies the covered patio.
“I really wanted to explore the potential of the property, because the original house was probably using one-tenth of its capacity,” says Masi, who also conceived the landscape and lighting design. He selected native grasses and other plantings for their ability to move with the wind.
The Wall House in Cascais, a coastal town in an area known as the Portuguese Riviera, is an 11,840-square-foot home made with concrete, wood, and glass—and boasts a pair of large swimming pools on two levels. 
Designed by José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, and Marco Marinho of the Portugal-based firm Guedes Cruz Architects, The Wall House is laid out in an open-box plan, and is fitted with plenty of glass windows to enhance the synergy between its interior and exterior spaces.
In the coastal town of Cascais, in an area known as the Portuguese Riviera, is this 11,840-square-foot concrete, wood, and glass home designed by Portugal-based firm Guedes Cruz Architects, which boasts a pair of large swimming pools on two levels.
Iceland prefab pioneers Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir of Minarc built this Culver City family home with mnmMOD  – a customizable, locally manufactured building system of prefabricated panels the duo designed, which minimizes energy consumption and reduces a home’s carbon footprint. Made with a blend of 30 percent recycled steel and cradle-to-cradle certified extruded polystyrene, mnmMOD components can be assembled with just a screw gun.
The resulting effect is a backyard with a pool at the center that is as nice to look at as to be in.
The house is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time. Alfredo’s wife Lorena, son Lorenzo, nieces Camila and Valentina, and Castillo’s daughter, Regina, hang out by the pool—the focal point of Transepto’s restrained landscape design.
Through an integral relationship between use, form, and material, the Low/Rise House responds sensitively to site, nature, and neighborhood, creating a new type of suburban living – both urban and rural.
Landscape designer Vickie Cardaro used native grasses and plantings near the swimming pool (opposite). Cushions upholstered in Sunbrella fabric rest atop a Trex deck. The western red cedar ceiling extends through the deep eaves and covered seating area.
The gabled house, constructed from precast concrete panels by Superior Walls with wood framing, offers a pared-down suggestion of a traditional New England silhouette. The exterior cedar paneling also appears on the ceiling of the custom-built chef’s kitchen inside.
The deck connects to the open kitchen and living room through Loewen sliding glass doors. Photo by Patrick Bernard.
Once in the pool, however, it feels more like the ocean. As with a shelf, the bottom drops quickly from three feet to the nine-foot deep end. A set of three long, shallow steps sits above the middle depth like a sandbar at high tide, the top tread covered with just a few inches of water.
Gregory and Caryn Katz are dwarfed beneath the cantilevered concrete overhang, which houses the bedroom on the upper level. The stackable glass doors that run beneath allow the house to open completely to the yard and swimming pool, soften the severity of the concrete, and blur the boundary between indoors and out.
Twenty-foot-wide doors from Solar Innovations offer easy access to the deck. “Solar Innovations was the only manufacturer at that time that had a pocket multi-slider with a good ADA threshold,” says architect Erick Mikiten. “They almost look like steel, but are thermally broken aluminum.”
Wooden deck of the House at Los Cisnes at dawn. Concrete, Glass, Wood.
Sliding walls of glass by Arcadia are situated throughout.
Seen from the guesthouse, the new home touches every corner of the property without overwhelming its natural beauty.
Baldridge wanted the porch to feel like another room. “When you try to make screened porches look like they’re outside, [I think] they look terrible, so we chose to make it actually be a part of the house,” he says.
Architect Burton Baldridge’s design for a house in Austin features a cantilevered upper volume with a gabled profile that was in part inspired by the work of Dutch architects MVRDV. It juts out over the patio, outfitted with chaise longues by Harbour Outdoor and Adirondack chairs by Loll.

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.

Get a Daily Dose of Design

Sign up for the Dwell Daily Newsletter and never miss our new features, photos, home tours, stories, and more.