How to Choose a Pool Design
The options for a beautiful pool are endless today – so how do you decide on what you want?
If you happen to ask a pool owner, you’re bound to get some sound advice mixed with pretty varied opinions; the truth is, only you know what will work for you and your family.
We can tell you that it pays to be honest with yourself about your budget, the purpose of your pool, and who will be spending the most time in it.
Here is a list of considerations to help you choose the perfect pool design.
Calculate a realistic budget for the actual pool design and building project, as well as for the maintenance and upkeep of the pool. This can help you make the other decisions more easily because you’ll know what is in your price range.
Purpose of the Pool
It’s helpful to ask yourself why you want a pool and what you’ll be using it for primarily.
A pool designed for fitness is very much different than a pool designed to entertain guests in your backyard. You may also want it simply for the enjoyment of having water in your yard. In this case, aesthetic appeal becomes more important.
For hydrotherapy purposes, a pool/spa combination may be ideal. Identifying the primary purpose can guide you in the right direction.
Figure out the amount of space you have to work with, and how many people you want the pool to accommodate. The average size of a pool in America is about 15’x 30’, but the smallest can start from 10’ x 20’ and the largest can range up to 40’.
While plaster is the usual choice, tile and aggregate surfaces have become more popular. Many people are also opting for mosaics and glass tile, which can lend an artistic style to the pool.
Look to the surroundings of the pool for inspiration when it comes to materials. Natural stone and rock can help a pool blend into a more natural landscape, while arcing jets of water and glass will be right at home in a contemporary setting.
Who Will Use It?
Next, who will be using your pool? Is it designed for children, or for adults? To build a pool designed for all ages, consider shallow areas for the young ones, grab rails for the older folks, and tanning ledges for those looking to soak up the sun.
Different factors will affect the location of your pool.
Depending on zoning and building laws, your pool may be restricted when it comes to its sloping direction, how much of your yard can be covered in decking, and whether your pool needs to be fenced in. Utility lines may also affect where you can place your pool.
While designing your pool, note entry and exit points, congregation areas, as well as aesthetic factors – how will it look when viewed from the home or from other parts of the yard?
Shape and Style
Pool owners can choose from several different shapes: the classic rectangular pool, freeform pool, vanishing edge pool, or a roman end pool. Most importantly, the shape should complement the style of your home and blend in with existing architecture.
If you wish to have a pool that doesn’t match the existing design of your home, an option is to incorporate a transition area to lead people from one style to the other.
Some special features you can consider are:
- Water features
- Underwater trenches
- Swim-up bars
- Beach-style entries
- Areas to play water basketball or volleyball
- Automatic pool safety cover to keep kids and animals safe from accidentally falling into the pool
- If you use your pool for exercise, you can install underwater handrails and a variable-speed current system.
- Other features include non-skid steps, bench seating, and an integrated tanning ledge.
Other Backyard Features
Your backyard can also host a whole range of features, such as an outdoor kitchen, pool house, outdoor shower, swim-up bar and more.
Even if you don’t want to build them immediately, account for them in your design plans so that you won’t have to alter your poolscape.
Also consider the maintenance that will be required by the choices you make. Cut down on these by designing your pool to be energy-efficient, with good hydraulic and filtration systems.
You should look into variable-speed pumps, adequate skimmers, larger pipes and above-standard turnover rates to optimize your pool experience. To prevent algae, you should install automatic sanitizers like saltwater chlorinators, and make sure that there are enough sanitizing chemicals in the water.
Sounds exciting, right? There are so many possibilities but don’t worry, you don’t have to make all these decisions alone. An expert on swimming pools is one with years of experience designing & building well-functioning pools, and will guide you through the myriad decisions.
You can always contact Pleasure Pools for advice; we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you design the pool of your dreams. Get in touch with us today!