Pool Planning: Choosing the Right Depth and Size

If you’re planning to add a pool to your home, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is, “What swimming pool size is best for my home?” Although your pool builder can make suggestions, it’s ultimately up to you to dictate the size and depth that fits your needs. Here are a few additional questions that you should ask yourself when trying to determine the right size and depth for your swimming pool.

Who’s going to use the pool frequently?

A place for recreation is the most common reason families want to have a pool. Recreational pools can be any size, but be sure to have one that accommodates both the needed swimming depths and shape of your yard. If you plan on using your pool to swim laps, then it needs to be long and narrow, with constant depth. You can have the best of both worlds by having an L-shaped pool where one side is for swimming laps and the other side is for recreation.

What shape looks best for your yard?

You don’t want to overestimate how much yard you have and end up with a pool that leaves no space for everything else—what you want is a pool that allows for ease of movement. Once you have your yard’s specific measurements, identify the activities you want to do around the pool and provide ample space for them in your plan.

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