18 Dreamy Backyard Pools by Scouted Architects and Designers

As we head into the steamy days of summer we’re daydreaming about cooling off in our very own backyard oasis. And whether you’re in the early days of pool installation or it’s still a dream on the horizon, this collection of scouted poolscapes from across the country—from a modern take on a watering hole to a stunning waterfront infinity pool— are bound to inspire you to start your backyard transformation. Be sure to click on the links to see more of each designer’s work, and to find a scouted design professional  in your area, browse The Scout Guide Directory.

Photography by Michael Hunter.

Juarez & Juarez Architecture and Design in San Antonio, Texas, elegantly designed an elevated seating area and cabana that perfectly frame the pool for a swoon-worthy backyard.

Pool Contracting by Azure Galleries. Hardscape contracting by Azure Galleries. Landscape contracting by Desert State Landscape Construction. Photography by Fletcher and Co.

The sleek lines of this modern pool fit perfectly into a desert landscape in this design by Prideaux Design in Tucson, Arizona.  See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Costa Christ Media.

It’s true everything’s bigger in Texas. Case in point: this beautiful, dark-bottomed pool by From the Ground Up Landscape in Dallas, Texas. See the rest of the project here.

Architecture by Ryan Street Architects. Landscape architecture by The Garden Design Studio. Photography by Douglas Friedman.

The pool designed by Ryan Street Architects in Austin, Texas, exemplifies effortless luxury. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Bret Lovetro of Lovetrolux Photography.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based McKnight Landscape Architects, envisioned a sleek in-pool hot tub for this chic and inviting courtyard. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Cox Pools.

Reminiscent of a Tudor garden, this slot-edge pool by Cox Pools in Birmingham, Alabama, transforms a basic backyard into an unexpected oasis.

Photography courtesy of Eric Goode Pools.

A stunning waterfall feature caps off this exquisite T-shaped pool, executed by Eric Goode Pools in Memphis, Tennessee

Photography by Josh Beeman Photography.

Simplicity is at the core of this refreshing pool by Jamie Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Photography by Crystal DelaHoz.

An infinity edge overlooking a lake completes this elegant, multi-area pool by J Caldwell Custom Pools in Fort Worth, Texas.

Photography courtesy of Stofft Cooney Architects.

Perfectly placed fire features beg for night swimming in this project , by Stofft Cooney Architects in Naples, Florida. See the rest of the project here.

Photography courtesy of Garwood Architects.

The dipping pool and hot tub are just steps from the living room, making it the perfect spot to beat the heat in this home designed by Garwood Architecture in Austin, Texas. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Steve Allen.

This perfectly modern rendition of a watering hole, created by Z Properties in Orlando, Florida, is capped off with a refreshing water-front view. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by John Mills.

A practical shelf in this gorgeous marble pool by Fransen Mills in New Orleans, Louisiana, creates an amazing nook to spend lazy summer days.

Photography by Giovanni Photography.

Strategically curated by MHK Architecture in Naples, Florida, this uniquely shaped pool and in- ground seating area creates a dreamy outdoor haven. See the rest of the project here

Design by Tapestry Landscape Architecture. Landscape and installation by Scenic Landscaping. Pool and spa by Tranquility Pools. Photography by Heather Knapp.

A minimalist pool by Scenic Landscaping/Tapestry Pools in Bergen County, New Jersey, allows the manicured landscaping to take center stage. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Lissa Gotwals.

The sleek pool designed by Tula Summerford, in Raleigh, North Carolina, is perfectly offset by a welcoming pool house. See the rest of the project here

Built by Grande Custom Builders. Photography by Brie Williams.

Amy Vermillion Interiors in Charlotte, North Carolina, brilliantly showcases how minimalist gardening and a lap pool can fit seamlessly into a pocket-sized outdoor space. See the rest of the project here.

Photography by Lauren Kellar.

Easily mistaken for a resort, CKC Custom Homes in San Antonio, Texas, created an exquisite three-tiered pool area, harboring fire pits, cabanas, and a waterfall wall. See the rest of the project here.