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Natural Design is based in Auburn California, the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. We find much of our inspiration for our naturalistic swimming pools from the many clear mountain rivers and lakes in our back yard.

As you scroll through the photos below a click on the picture will enlarge it for more detail, (for more photos and information visit DESIGN TIPS)

As you scroll through the photos below a click on the picture will enlarge it for more detail, (for more photos and information visit DESIGN TIPS)

 

Swimming Holes are still an asset to the landscape, even on cold winter days

  

 

See the construction sequence of this pool on our “POOL CONSTRUCTION” page

  

The landscape fits this swimming pool and waterfall perfectly

  

The Swimming Hole and waterfall are the centerpiece of this natural landscape design, featuring California poppies

  

Tiki torches and palapas near the swimming pool help complete this tropical landscape design

  

Rock, water and plants combine naturally to create a beautiful back yard landscape

  

Bamboo creates a year around green back drop for the waterfall and pool

  

 

This dramatic cliff face waterfall doubles as a retaining wall for the pool in a sloping yard

  

The low profile cantilever waterfall brings a touch of nature to this estates landscape

  

Landscape lighting changes a backyard to a wonderland

  

A totem pole in the landscape adds a Northwest touch to this swimming pool

  

  


Faux rock is blended with natural granite boulders to create this waterfall spa combination in Nevada City

  

Spas, attached or adjacent to the pool extend the swimming season, by several months because you are more inclined to take a few laps in a cool pool after cooking at 102 degrees for an hour!

  

At Natural Design, we often install Hot Spring waterfalls on our spas. In addition to being an enjoyable amenity, they are an eye pleasing component to a Swimming Hole design.

  

Our spas are Naturally romantic!

  

 The sculpted stone bridge over the pool is the access to the spa in this backyard

   

Blending our work into the environment, a priority at Natural Design.

  

This pool has a hot water waterfall flowing into the spa and a cold water stream flowing into the pool

  


80% of the time spent in a swimming pool is spent in the shallow end, around the steps and seats! Shallow beaches expand on that great entertainment area very naturally.

  

Zero entry beaches look very natural and are ideal handicap access to the pool, or spa

  

A Shallow entry beach, sometimes called a Caribbean shelf has many solar and entertainment benefits. It is also a very attractive design element for the pool and landscape design

  

Swimming pool beach areas are a special, safe play area for toddlers and a great lounge area for adults

  

Shallow water beaches also act as natural solar collectors and help heat the pools water!

  

 


 

 


 Waterfalls, whether it be a dramatic cascade or a soothing streambed are usually the only part of a backyard landscape that has sound and movement.

 



  Grotto waterfalls with underwater benches allow swimmers to sit under the cascading water

  


Sculpted stone , or faux rock allows for a larger, more powerful rock look than mortared rock waterfalls

  


 multi speed pumps will change the waterfalls volume from a cascade to a trickle

  


Waterfalls help make Natural Design Swimming Holes the centerpiece of your landscape.

  

Hillside swimming pool construction requires retaining walls to create a level area for the pool. These two pools use a large raised bond beam with a cascading waterfall to retain the hill and add a dramatic design element to the yards landscape

  

 

  

Cantilever style waterfalls provide a safe platform for diving into the pool

  

 

  

Waterfalls are the center piece of the landscape

 

  

Natural Design is based in Auburn California, the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. We find much of our inspiration for our naturalistic swimming pools from the many clear mountain rivers and lakes in our back yard.

As you scroll through the photos below a click on the picture will enlarge it for more detail, (for more photos and information visit DESIGN TIPS)


At Natural Design, we realize that swimming pools are only one component of a complete and completely usable back yard.  In fact, most homeowners consider their yard an ongoing work in progress and many budget accordingly. 

  

 

  


 

   


Often there are changes in a backyard design that only become obvious after using the entertainment areas and amenities for a period of time, such as a gazebo located near a noisy neighbor or maybe an outdoor kitchen located with the wrong sun exposure during the times you would use it most.


Fire pits or an outdoor fireplace make the entertainment space near a pool more comfortable at night

   

This stone bridge over the stream adds a unique design element to the yards landscape

   

Sculpted stone steps provide easy access to a raised spa