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Plunge pools are a favorite topic at Yardzen— they are the perfect small-footprint addition to yards of any size, cutting down on the maintenance, cost, and environmental impact of large pools. Plus, unlike most swimming pools, plunge pools come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, perfect for all stylistic preferences and functional needs, including saltwater pools, hot tubs, water features, and therapy pools. Below, discover your favorite plunge pool style by browsing completed plunge pools—also known as “sip and dips” and cocktail pools—in real Yardzen yards across the country! Plus, explore our Guide to Plunge Pool Design and Guide to Plunge Pool Costs!

Plunge pool in backyard with sectional couch and chair

Classically California Plunge Pool

This Bay Area Yardzen yard features a solar-heated, saltwater plunge pool for year-round enjoyment! This prefab concrete plunge pool, from Plungie, is built into a concrete platform for relaxing and watching the kids play. This family uses their plunge pool almost everyday to either warm up and relax during the cold season or cool off and hangout during warm season! We love the moditerranean plants and hardscaping choices to accompany this “sip and dip” plunge pool design. See more of this backyard transformation!

Rustic style plunge pool with waterfall near outdoor dining table area
Photo courtesy of Yardzen partner, Soake

Elegant Stone Plunge Pool Design in the Northeast

From our partners at Soake, this elegant, prefabricated plunge pool doubles as both a pool and hot tub. Soake pools come in both in-ground and above-ground options with several different finishing options to choose from, including stone and tile.

Plunge pool with small deck near black metal pergola covered outdoor lounge area with fireplace

Above-Ground Portland Modern

An above-ground modern plunge pool in this Yardzen yard in Portland, Oregon. Encased in a wood deck, this plunge pool from Mod Pools is the perfect addition to this modern yard. Fun fact: Mod Pools are actually repurposed shipping containers and have the option to add a separate hot tub.

Plunge pool with lounge chairs and fringed umbrella surrounded by succulents, agave, and ornamental grasses
Photo and yard by Yardzen client, @theblondeabroad
Plunge pool with lounge chairs and fringed umbrella surrounded by succulents, agave, and ornamental grasses in backyard
Photo and yard by Yardzen client, @theblondeabroad

Bohemian Plunge Pool & Yardzen Yard

A Yardzen yard in San Diego inspired by the adventures of travel blogger, @theblondeabroad. This yard blends moditerranean and bohemian details in the furniture, hardscape, plunge pool, and plantings. We especially love the large Baja shelf, which serves as the perfect spot to hangout under the umbrella.

Woman holding small dog seated on the edge of a plunge pool in backyard
Photo via Pure Design Life

Southwestern Stunner in Dallas

This Yardzen yard in Dallas draws on both modern and Southwestern design influences to match the modern Spanish interior. We love this above-ground plunge pool in concrete with light, aquamarine water. The two-legged and four-legged members of the family love it for cooling down in the hot Texas summers! Design by Yardzen and built by Pure Design Life.

Mid century modern style tiled plunge pool with two lounge chairs and yellow umbrella in backyard
Yardzen yard with pool by Texas Tiny Pools
Backyard with removable deck with lounge chairs on top that covers plunge pool
Yardzen yard with pool by Texas Tiny Pools

Not Everything is Bigger in Texas!

There is so much to love about this colorful tiny pool in Austin! From the local, handmade tile to the deck that closes over the pool, creating more functional space in the small yard when the pool isn’t in use!

Desert backyard with plunge pool and four lounge chairs
Photo courtesy of @mesa_tavira

Modern Joshua Tree Oasis

Yardzen clients and owners the of @mesa_tavira Airbnb in Joshua Tree turned to tapped our design team to create a desert oasis in Joshua Tree. What was once a barren yard is now the central element of the Airbnb experience. Created by Mod Pools, this plunge pool has both a cold pool and hot tub section!

Plunge pool with waterfall at dusk in desert environment

Modern Desert Oasis

For these Yardzen clients, a water feature in their new Tucson yard was a priority, but they were ambivalent about the size of a regular pool and the water required to keep it full. So, they worked with their Yardzen design team to create a plunge pool with fountain and lighting for relaxing days and night outside.

Lush backyard with waterfall feature plunge pool and lounge chairs with umbrella

Classic Hamptons Plunge Pool

This elegant yard in the Northeast plays with coastal and classic styles to create the ultimate backyard oasis. The in-ground plunge pool and stone fountain is the whole family’s favorite place to hangout in the summer. We especially love the abundance of plantings around the pool, including hydrangeas and evergreen hedges, we makes this backyard nook for a world away from “real life.”

Backyard with plunge pool near outdoor seating area

Scottsdale Fun in the Sun

A modern plunge pool to match a newly renovated Yardzen yard in Scottsdale! We love how this yard plays with color contrasts to achieve a contemporary look, like the light, aquamarine plunge pool paired with the deep charcoal exterior.

Outdoor lounge area with black and white umbrella near small plunge pool in modern backyard
Outdoor lounge area with black and white umbrella near small plunge pool in modern backyard

Private Family Hideaway & Pocket Pool

A private family backyard in Southern California, featuring a tiny plunge pool for the whole family, including a newborn. This tiny pool is the perfect size for safely teaching kids to swim and enjoy the water!

Rustic backyard landscape design with hot tub and deck with red Adirondack chairs and lounge chairs

Yardzen yard, installed and photographed by EcoLawn.

Rustic Cedar Tub Plunge Pool

Not all plunge pools look alike! We love this rustic alternative in the form of a cedar tub in this Yardzen yard. The tub doubles as a hot tub and plunge pool! Plus, the wood makes it smell amazing!

Tropical backyard with small plunge pool near living room

Tropical Plunge Pool in a Tiny Urban Yard

The homeowners of this tiny Yardzen yard in the heart of Los Angeles wanted to create an outdoor oasis for year-round outdoor living. They worked with their design team to create a topical escape with deep wood tones and lush plantings for privacy and style.

Designing Your Custom Yard for Style and Function

Yardzen’s award-winning online landscaping design is tailored to homeowners across the United States. Our design process begins with understanding your space and a discussion of your budget and vision to minimize surprises when it comes time to build. 

We want to make sure our team of professional landscape architects and designers can personalize your yard, delivering a vision that includes what’s most important for your outdoor life, style, and unique environment while keeping costs within range. We do this by utilizing our in-house Build Team made up of former landscape contractors with years of experience and our Pro Network of vetted professional landscapers across the country.

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