Why freeform pools are so popular
For years, swimming pools have been made in rectangular shapes, but in the last twenty years, there has been an explosion in the number of freeform pools. Having the ability to build a pool in any shape or size has given pool builders and homeowners the freedom to express their creativity like never before.
Most likely the beginning of the freeform pool concept began with a kidney shaped pool designed by landscape architect, Thomas Church, back in 1948. It was created for a newly designed modern family home in California.
After WWII the popularity of home swimming pools really began to take off. Most of the pools at the time were in California, with many of them being built by wealthy celebrities. As people began to build more elaborate and modern homes, the desire for more interesting pool shapes also grew.
Benefits of a freeform pool
Today, freeform pools are among the most requested pools we build. One of the reasons is that the freeform design fits into the landscaping of the yard. Rather than a stark, rectangular shape in the yard, you can opt for a pool in any shape or design that you like.
The best freeform pools are designed to fit in with their surroundings perfectly. They seem to blend seamlessly into the landscape and create a very serene and beautiful look to the setting. They can even incorporate fountains and waterfalls, making them look almost as if they have always been there.
One of the beautiful options of freeform pools is the ability to keep them flowing and trailing through the landscape. You can make different sections that are designed for different uses. You’ll also be able to choose the look of the pool by the way you paint the bottom. Dark-bottom pools look more like real ponds, yet they can be beautiful and elegant. Choosing a dark bottom also helps because it doesn’t show the dirt as quickly as pools that are painted white.
Most freeform pools are made into unique designs but that doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. Some pool owners may opt to use a pre-formed design but of course you may choose to design your own look.