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Design the Pool of your Dreams with Barrington Pools {$50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

by Alicia on April 23, 2012 in Contests, Giveaways, New posts

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My kids love to swim. Whether it’s a pool, lake, or beach, they are happy to be in the water.  I started my daughter in swim lessons when she was almost four-years-old and she’s still taking them even though she’s learned how to swim and pool safety.  She loves swimming that much.  Maybe she’ll be an olympic swimmer!  My daughter and I were at the hardware/gardening store Saturday and when we passed the section where the pond materials are, my daughter said “can’t we just put one of these in the yard and swim in it?”. I wanted to tell her yes, that’s a great idea, but I had to explain to her that we’d been swimming with frogs and who knows what else if we did that.

Barrington Pools Natural pool design

A Natural Pool Design

The summer months are approaching and it will be time to take advantage of the long days and the warmer weather. What better place to enjoy this time with your family than by an inground pool in your backyard?  Our yard is a bit sloped so we don’t have an in-ground pool but for the past few years we’ve purchased an above ground pool.  It never ceases to amaze me how much they love even an above ground pool. BUT at the end of the day both of my kids ask when we are going to get a ‘real pool’.  I would LOVE to have an inground pool.  I love being by the water.. just about any source of water will do.

If you find yourself thinking about installing a pool, here are a few tips:

Barrington Pools Classic Pool Design

A Classic Pool Design

Having the right size pool for the available space and for your family also needs to be considered.
Who will use the pool and how often? Will it be used for lap swimming or mostly recreational swimming? If you need or want a patio, the amount of space for outdoor furniture is something to consider. Are other areas of the yard needed for non-pool activities or landscaping? Will the pool be used to entertain large groups or just small groups?

Today’s pools can be built in almost any pool shape.
Long, narrow pools are great for tight spaces and lap swimming. Pools with curves help to soften harsh lines created by the house and other lines and angles in the yard. Pool shapes can also be designed to accomodate a shallow area for children.

Barrington Pools classic pool design

A Classic Pool Design

There are many types of pools. Two of my favorite types of pools are natural pools and classic pools.
Natural pools are often built with sloped entries and are often chosen to compliment your surroundings.  Curves and angles will accomodate rocks and waterfalls.
Classic pools use straight lines to create focal points based around a theme. These focal points are often highlighted by the use of tiles and other decorative items. Deciding on a pool type is typically determined by the preference of the pool owner.

Barrington Pools Modern Pool Design

A Modern Pool Design


Barrington Pools, located in the Chicago area, has been designing and building pools for 37 years. With over 6000 pools installed, Barrington is an established inground pool designer and builder. If you are considering installing a pool, Barrington Pools would be delighted to help you design a pool that will address child safety, the right size and shape, and the right type of pool for your needs.

Barrington Pools offers great pool design tips, pool safety tips, pool care tips, and other pool tips on their website.

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1 Christy Ann May 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I like the Natural and Free-form Pools!

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2 Savannah Miller May 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I like the Modern Pool Designs

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3 Deanna G. May 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

My favorite is this Free Form Pool:

http://www.barrington-pools.com/405-img-3002.html

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4 Carolsue May 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I like the Indoor Pools, especially #131
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5 Kristy May 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I love the one that comes up right on their home page. So beautiful!

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6 Chrissy R. May 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I like the modern pool designs the best specifically this one b/c it looks like an infinity pool. http://www.barrington-pools.com/446-7-31-06-004.html

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7 Brooke M Adametz May 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

I love love love the natural pools!
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8 katherine d May 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

i like the Vanishing Edge Pools

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9 Tara May 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm
10 Cori Westphal May 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

The Natural Pools are my fave! I love this one: http://www.barrington-pools.com/712-3-2-06-4.html Almost like swimming in a lake!

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11 meg tucker May 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

You just HAD to make me look at those pools didn’t you? LOL! Anyway my favorite are the Natural Pools!

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12 Michelle May 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I love the vanishing edge pools, especially this one http://www.barrington-pools.com/673-vanishing-edge-pool-02.html

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13 nicole johnson May 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

i like the pool and spa design and this one http://www.barrington-pools.com/403-dsc05960.html

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14 ria clarke May 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

I love the Natural Pools

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15 dan williams May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

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16 dan williams May 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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17 Alicia Zirjacks May 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

My favorite are the vanishing pools

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18 dan williams May 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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19 Barbara Montag May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I like these – Free Form Pools.
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20 Tabathia B May 7, 2012 at 12:01 am
21 dan williams May 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm
22 aquariann May 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful pools! My favorite is the one with the flower sculptures.
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23 Amy May 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love the natural pools!

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24 Brenda DelSanto May 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

vanishing pools

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25 Melinda May 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

I love all types of pools, but I would have to say the classic style is my favorite. :)
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26 Kiley P. May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm
27 sassy May 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I would have to say the Modern Pool http://www.barrington-pools.com/449-7-9-07-004.html

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28 dan williams May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

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29 kjasus May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

i like their natural pools

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30 Jennifer Williams May 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I like the modern pools…especially this one: http://www.barrington-pools.com/436-grandview-ct-st-charles-8.html

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31 Christine May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The free form pools, with this being my fav: http://www.barrington-pools.com/406-irwin-pool-006.html

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32 Anissa May 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I like the natural designs best

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33 A May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I like the natural pool myself.

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34 dan williams May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

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35 Nicki Z. May 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

I really like the vanishing edge and natural pool designs

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36 Carmen Q. May 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I like the natural pools

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37 Mari May 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I like the Natural Pool Designs.

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38 Allyce Smith May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm
39 Tamira Hill May 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

vanishing edge pools

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40 ANGEL JACKLYN April 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I LIKE THE NATURAL POOLS BEST, THE FOLLOWING IN PARTICULAR

http://www.barrington-pools.com/706-natural-07.html

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41 Dagmara April 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I like natural pools

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42 Juli Guthrie April 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I really love natural pools! This one is great: http://www.barrington-pools.com/734-20-south-fremont-naperville-1.html

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43 Stacey B April 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

So many nice ones, but I think this one is just perfect :: http://www.barrington-pools.com/451-7-6-05-028.html

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44 Michelle H. April 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Love the modern pools, especially this one which reminds me of the pool my dad had when he lived in Florida
http://www.barrington-pools.com/448-7-26-05-030.html

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45 dan williams April 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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46 AndreaH April 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I love the free form pools, in particular this one:
http://www.barrington-pools.com/372-lecompte-final-7-24-03-030.html

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47 Emily Acker April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm
48 chad April 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

I like the big pool

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49 Laura L April 30, 2012 at 1:03 am

I like the natural pools. Infinity runs a close second.

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50 Katie April 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I think the vanishing edge pools are so neat!

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51 Christal April 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

vanishing edge pools look cool

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52 jacqueline April 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm
53 Mary A April 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I love the look of the vanishing edge pool

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54 dan williams April 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

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55 Seth April 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

In ground pools are the bomb!

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56 Kristen April 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm
57 tanya girsham April 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I like the free form pools
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58 Michelle Ayers April 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I would love to have a natural pool!

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59 Felicia Chartier-Plastini April 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I love the natural pool designs, this one is my favorite. http://www.contestlisting.com/contests-sweepstakes/?url=http://bit.ly/IjOlmZ

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60 Meagan April 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm
61 Debbie April 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love the natural pools especially this one http://www.barrington-pools.com/706-natural-07.html

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62 sus April 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

The vanishing edge pools.

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63 Tanya April 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I like the natural pools. We live just below a large rimrock formation and this pool would incorporate the natural rocky landscape here beautifully!
http://www.barrington-pools.com/723-copy-2-of-dsc00807.html

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64 Cassie Smith April 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love the natural pools, especially this one: http://www.barrington-pools.com/734-20-south-fremont-naperville-1.html

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65 Ashley Tucker April 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

I love the modern pool designs!

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66 julie cutshaw April 28, 2012 at 1:14 am
67 Melissa B April 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Love the vanishing edge pools

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68 Lynda Del April 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I like the natural pool designs.

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69 Sarah VM April 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I like the modern style pools. Like this one http://www.barrington-pools.com/448-7-26-05-030.html

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70 Geri S April 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm
71 Laura Jacobson April 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My favorite it the Modern Pool Design one with the hot tub!
http://www.barrington-pools.com/456-dsc00595a.html

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72 David Gossett April 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

I love the free form pools!

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73 bekka April 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

love the natural pools

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74 anna pry April 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm
75 Ashley Evanson April 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Love the natural pools.

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76 Lyndie Barker April 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

http://www.barrington-pools.com/727-5-16-05-020.html this one might work in my yard…then again…

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77 Tamra April 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Love the natural pools!

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78 dan williams April 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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79 James Van Hooser April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I like the natural pools.

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80 Karen April 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

OMG I have wanted a swimming pool for so many years. We have the perfect spot in our yard.

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81 Michelle Macaluso April 26, 2012 at 7:28 am
82 Susan Peck April 26, 2012 at 1:48 am

The natural pools
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83 Leah Swelfer April 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

I love the natural pools!

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84 Jenn McCullar April 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

Love the Natural Pools fav is http://www.barrington-pools.com/706-natural-07.html
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85 Soha Molina April 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Natural Pools

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86 kathy f April 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I like the free form pools the best. I also like pools that you can walk into the shallow end.

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87 Amy Adams April 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I love the pool show in the Free Form Pool on Page 4 third one from bottom (or third from last).

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88 darlene bohannon April 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

classic pools

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89 Wendy T April 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm
90 kelly nicholson April 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Go to Barrington Pool’s pool gallery and tell me which pool is your favorite, in the comments below.

i like Classic Pool Designs

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91 Allison Downes April 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm
92 Kristi F April 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I like the natural pools and this is my favorite: http://www.barrington-pools.com/751-natural-08.html

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93 Pamela Halligan April 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

My favorite are the natural pools, especially this one: http://www.barrington-pools.com/752-9-21-06-035.html. Thanks for the giveaway.

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94 teressa oliver April 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm
95 Kathryn Merkel April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

My favorite is the one on the right in the top row of the natural pools gallery. I love the way it looks like a part of the natural landscape.

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96 Julie Lynn Bickham April 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm
97 Amy Orvin April 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm
98 Caroline April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

The natural pools are my favorite and this one is the best out of them
http://www.barrington-pools.com/706-natural-07.html

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99 dan williams April 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

twitted this today, I like the natural pools
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100 Leann Lindeman April 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

I like the free form pools…

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101 Danielle Davis/Grady April 25, 2012 at 12:45 am
102 colleen boudreau April 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm
103 amy v April 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

i love their natural pools!

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104 Alicia K April 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm
105 gail April 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

free form pools

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106 ellen April 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

http://www.barrington-pools.com/pool-gallery/vanishing-edge-pools.html?page=1 It is a vanishing edge pool- I also like the natural pools- so pretty!

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107 Judith April 24, 2012 at 11:49 am
108 Elena April 24, 2012 at 11:40 am
109 Greta April 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

I love this one: http://www.barrington-pools.com/727-5-16-05-020.html It has a cool spiral pool!!

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110 Louis April 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love the Classic Pool Design

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111 sandra April 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

i like the 3rd slide

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112 Jessie C. April 24, 2012 at 10:00 am
113 Julie Grimberg April 24, 2012 at 9:37 am
114 Joretta Foster April 24, 2012 at 2:42 am

i’m in love with the vanishing pools

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115 sarah boudreaux April 24, 2012 at 2:09 am

i like the classic designs with the fountian/sprinkler by the pool little ones would love playing in it!

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116 DAMIAN JARREAU April 24, 2012 at 2:08 am
117 Theresa Shafer April 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I like the look of natural pools. My fav is http://www.barrington-pools.com/752-9-21-06-035.html

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118 sara April 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

vanishing edge pools

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119 Kelly D April 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I like their natural pools, and my favorite is this one
http://www.barrington-pools.com/734-20-south-fremont-naperville-1.html

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120 Jamie Brigham April 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I love the Free form pools sections especially this one http://www.barrington-pools.com/403-dsc05960.html

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