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These swimming pools are so dreamy, you wish they were in your backyard


Many of us wish we had a swimming pool at our disposal for all the days that we want to unwind and chill but alas, it comes with a hefty price tag and space that we just don’t have.

These lucky Malaysian homes, however, have built themselves private pools in their yards and they’re every bit luxurious as we imagined while some of us could only afford to have inflatable pool in our small backyards. From large lap pools to one that was squeezed into a terrace home compound, we guarantee you will be inspired (or a tad bit jealous) to build your own swimming pool. And according to feng shui, having a water feature at home will boost your health and wealth!

1. To infinity and beyond

Infinity swimming pool overlooking a scenic forest.

Pedini Cucine (M) Sdn Bhd
Project: AIQ

With a whopping 8,000 sq. ft., it’s no surprise this home features a large swimming pool that overlooks such a scenic view. To top things off, the interior designers opted for an infinity pool layout that has water cascading over the side of the home.

2. Dream big

A large swimming pool in a terrace house in Sri Petaling.
Nice Style Refurbishment
Project: Terrace House Sri Petaling

This home in Sri Petaling went viral on social media because of how the homeowner and interior designers refurbished a decade old terrace house to accommodate a swimming pool. The project inspired terrace homeowners in Malaysia to dream big and venture out of the box when it comes to interior design. Looking to install a pool cover? Just extend the roof!

3. Mixing business with pleasure

Transforming a modern home into a villa with a lap pool at a corner house in Johor.
Rice Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Reborn_House

Located in Johor Bahru, this old corner lot was given a new house design with a drastic new facelift that features a lap pool fit for family fun. The refurbishment turned the modern house into a holiday villa and if you do a quick search, you’ll find that you can rent out the space for a getaway!

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4. Outdoor oasis

Turning a garden space into an outdoor swimming pool with patio and water features.
Reality Insight Design
Project: Grandville at USJ1

Don’t know what to do with the garden space beside your home? Why not turn it into a pool as this homeowner did? The water feature and gazebo add to the aesthetic of this outdoor oasis.

5. One for the kids

Wading pool for the kids and lap pool for the adults at home.
Pedini Cucine (M) Sdn Bhd
Project: AIQ

Perfect for a family with toddlers, this swimming pool comes equipped with a wading pool for kids and extends into a lap pool for the adults. We can already picture all the fun family gatherings at this home.

6. Room for enjoyment

Lap pool with walkway and space for a barbecue party.
DRA Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd
Project: Mr Taniguchi @ Horizon Hill

This narrow lap pool sits pretty in the porch of this family home. It leaves room for a walkaway and gathering space for all the pool parties.

7. All in one

Inground swimming pool with cascading fountains and a patio at a double storey bungalow.
Design Integra
Project: Elitis Valencia Bungalow

These homeowners spared no expense when it came to building their dream home. Not only does the two-storey bungalow feature an inground pool with cascading fountains, but it also has a courtyard koi pond and a gazebo that doubles as a pool house. You can even install a hot tub to complete the look if you have the money and space!

8. Hidden in plain sight

Pool area at a landed home at Foreston Bukit Puchong.
Seven Design
Project: Foreston Bukit Puchong

With a gorgeous backyard like this, who could resist building a pool? Perfectly hidden behind the home, the pool area boasts a deck for entertaining and lots of garden space for roaming.

9. Wrap it around

Inground swimming pool that curves around the house for maximum aesthetic pleasure at Haus Saujana Impian.
Nu Infinity
Project: Haus Saujana Impian

The architecture design firm built this home from scratch and even included a stunning swimming pool that wraps around the side of the home so the homeowners can also enjoy it from the inside.

10. Narrow escape

Narrow lap pool for a modern contemporary bungalow located in Shah Alam.
V Plus Interior Sdn Bhd
Project: Design & Build

Located in Shah Alam, this modern contemporary bungalow included a narrow lap pool in the compound to fully utilise their outdoor space.

11. Take a dip 

Small dipping pool with water features at a bungalow in Mutiara Damansara.
Hoe & Yin Design Studio
Project: Mutiara Damansara Bungalow

A small dipping pool like this one is more than enough to make you want to unwind after a long day. Plus, the added water feature and gorgeous garden landscape just spell vacation.

This article was originally published as These Malaysian Homes Feature Dreamy Swimming Pools That Help Beat the Heat by written by Lydia Lohshini.
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