Swimming Pool Design

by Pool Builders on 07-26-2010 in Articles

Everyone wants a swimming pool in their home, and everyone enjoys visiting swimming pools elsewhere. However very few people recognise the amount of consideration and thought that must go into a swimming pool design and how important it is to get this right to get the most from your pool.

A pool design should satisfy many factors, particularly when in the home. First of all it should use its space well and provide the most opportunity for swimming within the area that you have to work with. To an extent the shape and design here will be affected by the way you intend to use the pool. If you want to use it for fitness and swimming laps for example, then you will benefit from having a swimming pool that's long lengthways so you can swim the longest distance uninterrupted. At the same time though, if you want to use a swimming pool purely for exercise, you might be best off just heading to the local public swimming pool, unless you have space for a fairly big pool in your back yard.

Most people however will not want their swimming pool for training and will want it more for relaxing in and playing games. In this case a less narrow design will be more suitable and you will want a round or square pool that allows you to do these things. Often a more interestingly shaped pool will allow for multiple sections - perhaps a seating area and an area for playing in. This way you can have children playing with a ball while you relax on a seat. Some will even have a separate Jacuzzi area built into the design.

At the same time you also need to bear in mind the depth of your pool. Does it need to be deep enough to dive into, or do you want the pool to be shallow enough to stand in and play ball games. The best designs again will cater for both and provide you with a pool that gets deeper either at one end or in the middle.

The depth is also important from a safety point of view, and there are more elements here that are important for safety. For example the edge of the pool must not be slippery with wet feet which is a common cause of accidents. At the same time you will need a system for draining water that spills over the edge, both from a safety point of view and to provide wasting water and unintentionally emptying out the pool.

Finally though your pool also needs to look good, and for many people the aesthetics are one of the biggest appeals of a good swimming pool. Your swimming pool will need to be made from a great attractive material, and will also benefit from other cosmetic touches such as unusual shapes or patterns on the tiling. This will make your home look like a holiday villa, or the home of a famous celebrity, and will be the icing on the cake when you have your own pool.

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