A creative pool can be the jewel of your backyard oasis. Here, area contractors showcase some of their most stunning pool projects.

Ken Mikes, Baker Pool & Spa

A stone stairway winds from a sunken gazebo to a glistening raised-stone spa and a custom-designed pool, complete with a glimmering boulder waterfall.

The luxurious project by Baker Pool & Spa is a one-of-a-kind oasis for a homeowner who desired a large pool for family gatherings, a serene spa, an eye-catching water feature and a shaded area to periodically escape the sun.

“All of our projects are custom, and projects like this one with many different features allow our creativity to shine through,” reflects Ken Mikes of Baker Pool & Spa. “This exact pool will not be duplicated; however, you will find similar special touches on many of our designs.” With this particular project, everybody especially loves the spa, he adds.

And the Baker team members knew they had delivered on a particularly fabulous pool when the client’s close friends also asked them to design their new pool.

John Jacobsen, Liquid Assets Pools

A sunken spa, tan shelf and limestone and mosaic tile accents are just some of the special features that make a Ladue family’s pool unique.

The talented team at Liquid Assets Pools flattened the property's huge backyard to make way for the creative pool plan, which cascades into tiers behind the house. The sparkling pool is the diamond of the project, with rare accents such as Missouri-indigenous limestone coping and Oceanscapes’ gleaming glass tiles. “The tile features handcrafted artisan glass mosaics that capture the beauty of art glass in a form ideal for architecture and interior design,” says John Jacobsen of Liquid Assets Pools.

For endless hours of entertainment and relaxation, an outdoor kitchen, pergola and bocce ball court complete the pool area. “They’re now the most popular family in the neighborhood,” Jacobsen says.