Before you jump in to purchase a new inground pool, it’s a good idea to give some serious thought about its design. There are also key factors to consider that will do more than just contribute to the pool’s look. If the design is properly planned and laid out it will maximize your investment and overall enjoyment of the pool.
In the early stages of the purchase process, you should give great consideration to the design and shape. An important thing to consider when designing an inground pool or considering its shape is defining who will be using the pool and what will it be used for. It could be just for family use or for family entertainment. The answer will help determine the pool’s design and shape. Should it be freeform, geometric or a hybrid of the two? It’s very important to determine the pool’s primary users and uses. Will it be mostly for entertaining, sport, lounging around, playing poolside sports, or a combination of all? Could it be for exercise, casual diving and lap swimming? Whoever uses the pool should play a major role in deciding the pool’s size and shape.
The dynamics of your yard play a major factor in your pool’s shape and design. Rectangular pools sometimes do not work well in small, tight or oddly shaped yards. On the other hand, freeform pools with no true geometric lines can work brilliantly. Take a long hard look at what your yard will dictate and that will give you a real idea of the size, shape, look and feel your pool should have. Other factors that may influence the design could be the actual space where the pool will be and its proximity to your house. Another thing to consider is, does the nature of your yard pose any building challenges for a specific pool design? (i.e. Easements, building envelopes, etc.)
A lot of people favour the freeform shaped pool because of its visual appeal. Freeform pools many times start as a rectangular box pool. However as you start to take a closer look at radius and shape, the square footage is reduced as is the swimming pool. With freeforms, you have to compensate by making the overall size larger. This is to achieve the inherent square footage that you normally get with a geometric shape. A very important factor is to consider how much effective swimming and usage area will be available based upon the shape.
When designing your pool, decide upon the specialty features and options that you want to build into the structure of the pool as this will significantly influence the shape, size and look. Can you picture a rock waterfall, an attached or detached spa, or a sun deck? For instance, a pool with a very large sun deck will either add to the overall size of the pool, or take away from it. Again, it’s vitally important in the design phase to include all the options you want to build into the pool.
The creative possibilities in designing a pool are endless. At Albatross Pools, our team can show you how to create the perfect pool. Whether it’s for relaxation, entertainment or pure fun, come and talk to us. We’re only too happy to help.