Swimming pools once a luxury only the very wealthy could afford are now more readily attainable. During the day the pool is a gathering place for socializing and fun. At night, when lit, the pools adds atmosphere to the evening. A fountain or spillover can add a gentle sound of running water for relaxation.
Swimming Pool History
In the 50’s pools were rectangular, in the 60’s the kidney shape pool was introduced. In the 70’s along with the exercise craze came a longer lap pool, in the 90’s the infinity edge was popular and recently the beach entry pool is a trend.
Swimming Pool Shapes
There are many things to consider when choosing the shape, size and location of your pool. It is important to consider first the space available to you. What are your goals to make the most out of the space you have? How much decking or patio do you need in comparison to the pool? How will you use your pool and what kind of activities will the pool be used for. Keep in mind that the shape of the pool directly influences the cost of the pool.
The most common shape is the rectangle. It is a traditional shape that never goes out of style. You can soften the corners, cut off the corners, create a “bubble” on the ends or round off the ends to create an oval.
The “L” shaped pool is popular for sports-focused pools. This shape can accommodate a lap pool and an area for relaxing or fun and games.
A free form pool, including the kidney shape, blends in best with the environment; the soft lines give the pool a more natural look.
Infinity pools also referred to as vanishing edge or negative edge pools, are one of the most dramatic design effects. This pool style is most often used with a large body of water as the view beyond the edge.
The beach entry swimming pool is becoming popular among pool buyers. This pool has a sloped graduated opening that replaces the steps. A popular trend is to install beach chairs and an umbrella in the shallow area.
Spa Features & Fountains
Another consideration in selecting the shape of the pool is whether you will incorporate a raised spa feature. The spa can be built in a corner, side, or end of the pool. The spa is typically raised 12-18” and allows for a waterfall spillover, providing a tranquil setting. The raised spa is an excellent opportunity to express your style. We can help you create a focal point with our hand-painted tiles. Depending on the location of the spa you may decide to continue the tile around the entire outside wall or end the tile at the waterline. We can show you different options available to you.
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