Back in the day, you didn’t have much choice when it came to your backyard swimming pool. It was either the standard rectangular concrete in-ground model or the circular above-ground pool. Oh, how things have changed! Today you have a wide variety of options to pick from. You can choose the size, shape, and style of pool that perfectly matches the way you live. Whether your focus is on family fun, physical fitness, or backyard aesthetics, there’s a pool for that.
Before getting to the specifics of your pool, the first consideration is how much room you have to work with. If you have a large yard, your choices are essentially limitless. In a smaller space, you’ll need to find the right pool/deck/grass balance for you and your family. For example, if you want to swim for fitness but have a small yard, you might just have to shorten the length of your pool and increase the number of laps. Or you might consider an “endless pool” (see below). But ultimately, you can make just about any space meet your needs.
An Abundance of Options
What type of pool will work best with your lifestyle, giving you the most enjoyment and return on your investment? Here are some options to consider:
- Traditional geometric pool - Having pointed out that a standard rectangular pool used to be one of your only options, it is nevertheless still a good one. The traditional shape is attractive, functional, and a great way to optimize your available space.
- Free form pool - The polar opposite of rectangular designs, free form pools have rounded, curving shapes that mimic something you’d see in nature. If you want the feel of sitting by a lake when you’re sitting by your pool, free form is the way to go.
- Lap pool - Typically designed to be long, narrow, and of one consistent depth, lap pools are for those whose focus is on fitness. As a bonus, a lap pool tends to give an air of elegance to your backyard decor.
- Plunge pool - If you’re looking to your pool primarily as a place to wade and cool off, a plunge pool is the way to go. Not intended for swimming but rather relaxing, these pools are generally smaller than most pools but bigger than a spa. They are a great option for homes with limited
- Infinity pool - Also called “negative edge pools,” their design and positioning create the visual effect of the water merging with the horizon. It’s a beautiful, stylish look.
- Endless pool - So called “endless” pools are small specialty pools that use a water current to provide resistance that allows you to swim continually without ever reaching the edge. If you have minimal space but a strong desire to swim “laps,” an endless pool is the ticket.
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