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.
Another spool from a 1990s Phoenix home.
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.
Extra money was spent on this swimming pool with its flagstone wading area and swim up bar area.
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.
This is a 1990 Scottsdale pool with the raised side and blue tile.
Free form shapes were very common in 1990s pools.
Red brick accents along the rim of the pools was trendy, as was a raised spa next to the pool.
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.
Swimming pools were built right to the edge of the yard.