Swimming pools come in all different shapes and sizes. When designing a new installation, the only limits are your budget, lot size, and local Rancho Santa Fe, CA zoning. At Southwest Outdoor Services, we can install pools of all types and sizes. We’re happy to help you design and install the perfect pool for your home.

Matching a pool to your lifestyle may seem like a daunting task. Still, once you know about the different styles of pools out there, the decision becomes much more manageable. Let’s take a look at the most common types of pools in California. While these are not the only options out there, they are the most popular.

Exploring Your Options: Types of Pools

There are many kinds of custom pools you can have installed at your home in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and nearby communities and cities.

Infinity pools

Infinity pool construction near Encinitas, CA.

Infinity pools, also known as infinity edge, vanishing edge, or zero edge pools, are custom-designed to highlight a view, usually along a slope or elevated terrain. These pools give the illusion of a flat sheet of water that drops off the horizon.

To accent this effect, they lack visibly or audibly falling water along the disappearing edge. Infinity pools are an expensive option, more so if the topography of your yard isn’t well suited for one. Given this, they are generally considered a luxury installation compared to other pool styles.

Architectural Pools

Architectural pool design concept for a property in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Architectural pools are often built directly beside houses and are designed to mimic their structure and lines. Many even use the same materials or color schemes. This uniformity gives these pools and their homes an overall cohesive look.

They are often part of a home’s original blueprints, but a skilled pool builder can design an architectural pool that looks original for an existing home—and that’s exactly what we have on our team. If an architectural pool is your goal, we can pull it off, no matter how long ago your home was built.

Indoor Pools

Indoor pool constructed in Carlsbad, CA.

An indoor pool is just what it sounds like—a pool that is indoors. Indoor pools are usually functional and straightforward with the sole purpose of being able to enjoy a pool throughout the year, especially in colder climates.

They are generally installed in a room with at least three insulated walls and are more accessible and cheaper to heat than outdoor pools. However, given the danger of water damage to many building materials, the waterproofing process in the pool room must be taken with great care.

Lap Pools

Lap pool and outdoor lighting at a home in San Marcos, CA.

Lap pools are smaller pools meant for swimming laps or other health purposes. Typically, they are long and narrow. An ideal lap pool is at least 45 feet long, giving you enough time to build up a good lap before having to turn around for your next lap, but they can be shorter if designed with an “endless” stream of water that allows you to swim in place.

We can install lap pools both indoors and outdoors. They are perfect for smaller properties and can quickly become a significant focal point in a yard.

Saltwater Pools

Saltwater pools are not a visual design choice but a functional one. Traditional pools need chemicals like chlorine added to help keep them clean and safe. Saltwater pools use a salt-chlorine generator to convert salt added into the pool water into chlorine to keep the water clean and clear.

The range of salt in the water needs to be between 3,000-4,000 ppm, around 1/10th ocean water's salinity. These levels keep the water from taking on a salty smell or taste and will have a silky feel. While a saltwater system is slightly more expensive to install, they have a cheaper annual cost than a chlorine system.

Superior Pool Design and Construction in North County

Southwest Outdoor Services is one of North County's leading hardscaping companies. We design and construct swimming pools in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and surrounding areas within northern California. If you're thinking about adding a new pool to your home, give us a call at (858) 335-4650 or contact us online.