As the rest of the nation endures harsh seasons, we San Diegans are incredibly fortunate to have year-round epic weather – which means we use our backyards a lot! They are literally an extension of our everyday lives.

The 2020 pandemic brought outdoor living to a new level. San Diegans have taken their home and life to the outdoors and done so with style. We’re now seeing living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and outdoor movie theaters on the rise. “Staycations” are our new lifestyle while we ride this pandemic out.  Let’s take a look at some 2021 pool trends happening in San Diego backyards.


Broken slab

The Modern Geometric Shape – Clean Lines

Clean symmetrical lines, rectangular or square-shaped pools with white surfaces, and top cast concrete are the look of San Diego luxury right now. Another big trend in place is breaking up large slabs of concrete with some texture in between. Common textures include pebble rock, grass, succulents, and other assorted rocks.

The Freeform Shape – A SoCal Classic

Freeform is and will always be a San Diego favorite for its tropical look and feel that compliments our exotic weather and lush landscape options. Sky is the limit with this shape and people have a lot of fun with it.

Lounge Ledges

Relax on a new level. These days, in-ground pools incorporate personality and innovation. One of the slickest trends to hit swimming pools in a long time is the arrival of the lounge ledge. These shallow ledges are perfectly designed to accommodate relaxing, sunning, and staying cool. You can soak up the SoCal sun or have your ledge built with an umbrella. Explore options: LedgeLoungers

Pergolas for Shade

Outdoor Living Spaces

Increased time at home can cause some a little cabin fever. Because of this, one of the biggest trends to come this year is extending living space to the outside. Homeowners are seeking ways to extend their current green spaces for recreation, entertainment, and functionality. For protection from the elements, homeowners may implement pergolas, gazebos, or overhead structures around or to accompany their swimming pool. With this comes sheltered lounge areas, outdoor kitchens, and lighting features. Custom Creations West builds all our gazebos, patios, and pergolas from scratch.

Low Maintenance Landscape

Low Maintenance Landscaping

Another swimming pool trend to watch in 2021 is the landscaping that surrounds the pool and pool deck. Borders, beds, and drought-tolerant plants are all viable options to create a natural and aesthetically pleasing space, with very little upkeep. Lovely and low maintenance seems to be the landscaping choice this year. Explore this low-water plant guide for Southern California.

Smart Lighting

Smart Lighting

Never underestimate the importance of lighting in your pool and outdoor projects. Today, smart lighting features and systems are the hot trends. These are easy to monitor, efficient to use, and aesthetically gorgeous compared to conventional lights and fixtures. Technology allows homeowners to manage their lighting- and their home security to some extent- from their phone or computer. There is are also a range of color schemes and brightness options available. Smart lighting can be synched with other entertainment or security systems to keep things elegant and streamlined, too. Check out ColorLogic or Pentair’s Smart Lighting Systems.

Lagoon hues with all the upticks

Lagoon Hues

When it comes to pool surfacing and finishes, lighter hues seem to have been the popular pick. This year’s pool trend leans away from lighter tones and shifts to dark swimming pool finishes giving the water a ‘lagoon’ type of feel. This is achieved with finishes that are dark blue, green, or even black. Plus, these darker colored tiles absorb heat, so your water will feel warmer, longer. Darker tiled pools also camouflage things like algae or mildew, so remember to be vigilant with your pool maintenance service.

Saltwater Systems

Another 2021 pool trend is the use of saltwater systems. There is something entirely different about swimming in saltwater, it’s incredibly smooth and requires fewer chemicals. Discover Pentair’s IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator

Experience Backyard Bliss

With an unpredictable year behind us and ahead, many homeowners have hired a professional contractor for outdoor renovations and in-ground pool construction. Custom Creations West services San Diego, Fallbrook, Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, San Marcos, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhain, Solana Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, Leucadia, La Costa, Del Mar, and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Schedule your free consultation today!

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