Staying Cool by the Pool

When we moved back to Texas in 2008, the main thing we were looking for was a house with a pool. Growing up in hot Southern summers, my sisters and I lived in the water. It was the only way to enjoy being outside without suffering heat stroke! So as we got ready to purchase a home, we were positive that we needed to find one with a pool.

 And as it worked out, we found a great house we loved with a nice pool. The pool had been built in 1997 along with the house. It had a Pebble Tec finish and was in pretty good shape. But, in 2010 after doing some updating on the inside of our home, we decided to spruce up the backyard too.

We had the blue spanish style-tile updated with a larger, modern gray tile. Then the the brick was replaced with flagstone.  My husband replaced the fence and spent countless hours on the landscaping. The changes made us feel like we had gotten a new backyard! And since we swim almost every day from May thru September, it was worth the investment.

So in honor of pools, summer, and lots of Texas heat, I thought we would take a 'visual journey' through some of my favorite pools from around the web. Maybe you'll find some inspiration for your outdoor living space.


 Which one is your favorite? How are you staying cool this summer?

Sharing my pool renovation at: Home Stories A to Z , Tatertots and Jello, The 36th Avenue, Serenity NowBe Different, Act Normal,  Positively Splendid

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