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How to Choose the Perfect Pool Shape

March 16th, 2017

Finding the Perfect Pool Shape: One Size Does Not Fit All

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day we found a shamrock shaped pool! The 9ft pool was originally built in the 1960’s at the Grand Prix Motel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But chances are a shamrock pool isn’t the perfect pool shape for you. Keep in mind, one size or shape does not fit all, especially when it comes to pools.

If you’re getting ready to install a home pool on your property, one of the most significant decisions you’ll have to make is what shape it should take. Having a pool in your backyard can be great for entertaining friends, playing with your family, exercising, or de-stressing after a long day at work. The size and shape of your new pool will depend greatly on how you plan to use it and the size of the space it’s going in. As you work to make a decision from the wide range of possibilities, here are some key questions to consider.

What does your available space look like?

One of the most important factors in choosing the size and shape of your pool is the available space. First and foremost, you need to make sure you have enough space for a pool. If you do, then you can consider which shape might fit best on your property. For smaller spaces, a Roman swimming pool, a circular pool, or a Grecian pool might make the most sense. If the property has curved edges and fluid landscaping, you might want to go with a free form, figure 8 or kidney pool. And if the space is large and your yard is relatively square or rectangular, an L shaped pool or a Geometric pool might be the best fit. If you’re unsure about what designs would fit in your space, one of our qualified pool designers can help you better understand your options before making a decision.

How do you plan to use the pool?

Just as important as the factor of available space is how you plan to use the pool. Kidney pools and circular pools are great for relaxing after a long day at work or splashing around with kids, but they don’t always serve well for exercises like lap swimming. If lap swimming is your primary goal, a long rectangular pool or an L shaped pool might work best.

What is your budget for building a pool?

As you consider pool designs, you not only have to factor in the installation cost, you also have to account for ongoing maintenance. Larger pools are typically more expensive to maintain and install than smaller pools. However, some elaborate designs on smaller pools can be more expensive than simple larger pools. Be sure to pick a design that fits your budget for installation and for long-term maintenance and care.

Who will be using the pool?

If you have young children who will be regularly using the pool or older adults who are less mobile, you should make sure you take their needs into account while designing your pool. You may want to incorporate shallower spaces, easily accessible stairs or handrails. You may even want to consider incorporating a separate, shallow kids’ pool. You should also consider fencing or safety covers if there are kids around.

What types of landscaping or features do you want around the pool?

The design of the space around your pool is almost as important as the pool design itself. You should consider whether you want room to lounge in deck chairs or grill out with your neighbors. Be sure to select a design that affords enough space for landscaping and other features around the edges of the pool itself.