Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1990s Pools

December 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 54

Swimming pools at Phoenix homes in the 1990s had more variety of styles than pools from the 1980s.  Two defining styles of the 1990s were spools and lagoon pools.

A spool is a spa and pool combination.  Sometimes it’s simply a very small pool.
1990s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another spool from a 1990s Phoenix home.
1990s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Lagoon pools were for those homeowners with unlimited budgets.  Piles of fake or real boulders with running water created an oasis in the desert.  Queen palms and pygmy palms were oftentimes used as landscaping around these pools.
1990s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Extra money was spent on this swimming pool with its flagstone wading area and swim up bar area.
1990s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A common design in the 1990s was the kidney shaped pool with one side raised up (usually with blue tile).  As act to prevent drownings, pool safety laws were passed in the 1990s, requiring fences or barriers or other safety measures around new pools.
1990s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This is a 1990 Scottsdale pool with the raised side and blue tile.
1990s swimming pool Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Free form shapes were very common in 1990s pools.
1990s swimming pool Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Red brick accents along the rim of the pools was trendy, as was a raised spa next to the pool.
1990s swimming pool Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

As new home construction took off and lot sizes decreased in the 1990s, there wasn’t too much room left over for pools.  Back yards were sacrificed for pool space.
1990s swimming pool Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Swimming pools were built right to the edge of the yard.
1990s swimming pool Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tags: Pool & Spa · Design Through the Decades · 1990s

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Dec 11, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Wow, these are so beautiful.
    I can see why people move to Arizona!

  • 2 Murphy // Jan 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I’d sacrifice a back yard for a pool anytime, anywhere.

  • 3 pk // Jul 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    must not have insect/pest problems in AZ like here in FL…not one of those pools had a cage on it!

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