Water gives me a sense of peace and I know I must be near it. I have lived in Florida my whole life and when I am in a place that is landlocked I get a feeling of claustrophobia. I’m fine for short periods of time but, if I am there for too long I just wilt. The great thing about pools is that no matter where you live a pool could be the answer to unlocking you.

When my husband and I purchased our home in 2006 on the water I was thrilled. Not only did it have a pool, it also had Manatees swimming in the waterway.  During the remodeling phase, I insisted that the old kidney shaped swimming pool not to have a screen enclosure. Anytime I see a pool with a screen enclosure I cringe. A pool to me should be designed in the most natural of environments and opened to the sky.

Pool Designs

Pool Designs – Keeping it Real

The mosaic abstract stepping stones entwined with grass, compliment and give this pool design a natural organic style. The fountains offer the sound of running water which is also soothing and peaceful. When you are designing an outdoor space with a pool you should think of it as creating an outdoor experience.

The wrap around pool design gives an island feel to this home. Being surrounded by water would be amazing!

To me this pool should be named, the yin yang design. The palm tree island in the middle is the exclamation point to this design.

This zen-like home was one of the first residences to receive LEED certification at the Platinum level. I love it that all the materials surrounding the pool and patio space are all natural. I like to specify natural materials anytime I am designing an outdoor space, it is an absolute necessity to me as a designer.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.