A sunken pool adds
dimension to the backyard landscape. When the top of the water is actually
below the grade of the yard, it appears special and set apart. This effect
can be achieved by building a retaining
wall that sharply drops the grade around the pool patio.
Many luxury homes
actually have these pools as part of the eclectic design of a contemporary
indoor room. Exterior Worlds does not build pools inside of homes.
However, we do construct sophisticated outdoor rooms. If you are
interested in modern landscaping, contemporary
landscape design, orluxury
landscape architecture, this may be a style that would add significant
curb appeal to your property.
One thing that such a custom pool
design will definitely contribute to your backyard landscape is a sense of
order and system. Sunken pools are renowned for their symmetry.
Basic geometrical shapes are readily apparent in their designs. Some are
rectangular forms that compliment the linear movement of the house. If the
house is a contemporary structure that features multiple linear sections, the
sunken effect adds dimension to architecture as well as to the landscape
Other sunken pools
are perfect circles residing at the center of a round patio. Either stone
or concrete can be used to build this patio, and radii can emanate from the
circle of the water outward to the patio’s edge. The pool water itself can
be protected from rain water pollution by concealed drains built into the patio
and around the edge of the coping.
popular design is the L-shaped design. We often associate L-shaped pools
with luxury resorts in tropical areas. It is true that this is a standard
luxury design motif. At the same time, we can also classify this style as
very modern as well. If you pause to look at many of the five star hotels
in the tropics, you will notice that their architecture is very modern and
features strong lines and sharp angles.
A pool with an
L-shaped not only reinforces this type of architecture, but it adds a third
dimension in the form of the steep drop-off that plunges to the water’s
One of the key
attributes of the sunken pools that we design is comfort in spite of the
appearance of sharp contrast. The drop off to the water is never as severe
as it appears. This would be not only uncomfortable, but also
However, special patio
design methods allow us to create the illusion of a sheer drop to the water
often with only a few inches of actual space. The trick is to design the
pool with just the right dimensions to begin with so that it will appear as
though it has always belonged with your house and other landscape
It is also
necessary to build sunken pools with the very best materials, and to use a blend
of shades and even colors in the hardscapes design. This way, the sense
that the water is significantly lower than the rest of the landscape can be
achieved through contrast as it is through literal, spatial