After enduring too many hot summers without one, you may have decided this is the year you are going to have custom pools installed in your yard. However, you may be stuck getting started on the initial design. If so, ask yourself the following questions to guide you on the type of design you want for your new custom pool.
What Is the Pool's Primary Function?
The first thing you want to ask yourself before you start designing your new pool is its primary function. How does it fit into your family's lifestyle? Your purpose for the pool can influence many of the design details.
For example, if you swim as a way to get fit, you would need a pool big enough to do full laps. This large pool could also be used by your guests during the many summer barbecues you like to host on weekends. However, if you only want to float or swim in the pool so you can relax and cool off after a hot, hard day, you would not need a large pool. You may be able to get by with a pool half the size of an Olympic-sized pool.
What Shape Would Best Serve Your Needs?
After figuring how you will use the pool, next think about what shape would best serve your needs. For example, if you are using the pool for exercise, a rectangular one would be more practical than a circular pool.
However, if you are using the pool primarily for yourself or as an entertainment venue, you could an oval or rounded pool. You could also choose an asymmetrical shape with curved edges jutting out at different sections.
When thinking about the size and shape, you also need to consider the size of your property. You also should consider the next design question when determining these factors.
Do You Want It Freestanding or with a Deck Around It?
The next thing you should ask yourself about is the area outside of the pool. Do you want to pool open with a ladder used to gain access? Or would you rather have a deck around it so you, your family, and guests can comfortably lounge around the pool?
If you are only using the pool for swimming, you may be able to get by with a freestanding pool. However, if you plan to spend a lot of time at your pool or plan to entertain, you may want to speak with the custom pool contractor about your options for placing a deck around the perimeter of the pool.
Asking yourself the above questions can help you get thinking about the type of pool you want for your home. If you need more guidance or information about your available options, contact the pool contractor who will be designing and installing your new custom pool so they can give you the advice you need.