As you’re planning your backyard renovation including your brand new swimming pool, there are so many elements that will be able to be added or changed easily and inexpensively. However, your pool will be a permanent and significant structure, around which all the other elements will revolve. So before you start considering landscaping, decking, and other important additions to the space, be sure to take a look at the many options for your swimming pool.
As you do, you’ll want to consider the amount of space and layout of your yard, the space within that space that you want to use for your pool, the number of people you want your pool to be able to accommodate, and the shape that will be most suitable for your needs. Maybe you were with me until that last part and don’t really know about the shape options available to you. Well, then, this post is for you.
Shape Category 1: Rectangular Pools
This is obviously the most common shape, but it can also have a few interpretations: Traditional Rectangular, Lap, and L-Shaped pools can all fit into this category. A Traditional Rectangular pool can be enhanced with built-in structures such as Baja ledges, steps, or even a swim-up bar.
A variation of the rectangular pool is the lap-style pool. Perfect for those wanting to use their pool primarily for exercise purposes, a lap pool is typically longer and narrower than a traditional rectangular pool, making it a better fit for some outdoor spaces. There’s no doubt about it: the rectangular pool is a classic and is going nowhere, anytime soon!
A more creative take on rectangular pool design is the L-Shaped pool. The unique shape allows for easy segmenting of the pool, with a longer section designed for exercise and lap swimming and the lower half for laid-back play and relaxation. Unlike the Traditional Rectangular pool, the L-Shaped pool offers a perfect space for furniture, giving access to both ends of the pool.
Shape Category 2: Round Pools
Within the category of round pools, we’ll look at 2 specific shapes: Circular and Oval. The Circular pool may bring to mind a cheap, above-ground pool, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In-ground pools can be circular, as well. Not only does it create the perfect centerpiece for a larger outdoor entertainment area, but it also offers an aesthetically pleasing central element amid many of the same shape: cantilever umbrellas, potted plants, fire pits or bowls, pillars, and fountains can all reinforce the circular motif.
Similar to Circular pools, Oval pools have several of the same benefits of Circular pools. They may be more appropriate for some spaces, though. One benefit of an Oval pool is that it can blend better with a more natural design, similar to a Kidney-shaped or Freeform pool – both of which we’ll look at in the next post in this series.
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