When you think about the design of your new pool, the first two issues that come to mind are the shape and the location. How big will the pool be and how will it be placed on your property? In some cases, you’ll have a fairly small space to work with and you’ll be balancing priorities. In other cases, it will simply be a matter of figuring what you want to do with the pool and how to best design it to meet your needs. While you’re considering different geometric options, you are also going to want to think about the pool entry. It has a huge impact on how the pool functions.
When you have children in the house, then of course they’re an important consideration when you design your pool. The thing about kids is, they grow up fast! So, while they may be small now, you need to think about how they’re going to use the pool both next summer and for years to come. How can the pool entry best meet the kids’ changing needs?
Consider designing a sizeable entry that will allow small children to stay in shallow water, and has a bench or steps that will let teenagers sit and talk. Adding an additional top step can make it easier for small children to get in and out of the pool. You may also want to consider sizing the pool for games children enjoy, like water volleyball.
2. People with physical limitations
If you’re young and injury-free, you may not think to consider whether or not your pool is easily accessible to older adults and people with disabilities. Don’t forget, there are plenty of people with limits on their mobility, and not all of them are in wheelchairs. Your parents, neighbours, friends and colleagues may have bad knees, hips or ankles, or issues with strength or balance. In addition, you never know when you or someone in your family might need to use the pool to help recover strength and flexibility after an injury.
You’ll also want to think about how you’ll use the pool once the kids are gone. If you stay in your home for many decades, then at some time in the future you will start to feel the effects of ageing yourself. There are many, many people who can’t pull themselves up out of a pool unaided, and there are quite a few who’d struggle with a pool ladder, as well. So, it’s a good idea to have a set of steps leading into the pool, preferably with something to hold onto at one side.
3. Pool use
Swimming laps is a fantastic form of exercise, and it’s one that is equally accessible to older people, heavier people and people with joint issues. If your pool is going to do double duty as a lap pool, then you’ll want to have corresponding areas on both of the short sides of the pool where there are flat walls without benches or steps, so that a lap swimmer can flip smoothly to change direction.
When you design the pool entry, don’t forget to think about how you’re going to keep it clean. A shallow area on one side can easily have poor water circulation and may attract algae and debris. Nooks and crannies, including spa jets, may need regular cleaning, as well. If your pool has complicated interior features, then give plenty of consideration to water circulation, and make sure that you understand the cleaning routine that will be required.
Remember that shallow areas of the pool tend to get very warm in the summer. It’s a consideration when designing an extended entry suitable for little kids. Using a light-coloured pool liner can help to keep the pool cooler.
These are just a few of the issues to think about. Don’t hesitate to call or e-mail Albatross Pools with your ideas and your questions. We’re always happy to help you work out the perfect pool design.