Choosing Swimming Pool Shape…
Choosing the shape of your pool is one of the most important decisions in future swimming pool design. Actually, there are quite a lot ways your pool can be formed, so it’s useful to be aware of pool popular shapes and classic ones. In case you definitely know the parameters of how large your pool can be, you’ll see you are able to adjust almost any design.
Definite shapes lend themselves better to complementing surrounding landscape or structures. When a pool is placed close to the house, it should complement the home’s architecture. These types of pools usually have more formal lines, such as a rectangular or oval shape that fit in with the home’s silhouette. Whereas pools that are placed farther out in the yard can take on a freeform shape that looks more natural and blends with the landscaping.
Common pool shapes:
Geometrically shaped pools are typically more formal in nature. The straight edges of geometric pool shapes are what give them the formal design. The rectangle was one of the most common shapes in early pool design. Its long, straight and narrow design is ideal for swimming laps. A rectangle with rounded corners is also a popular design that tends to tone down the formality.
A classic look that starts with a basic rectangular shape, but with truncated or “cut off” corners. The Grecian look can complement architecture and backyard garden areas that have a classical theme, but some pool surface area is lost by cutting off the corners.
Another classic, symmetrical design that starts with a rectangle, but adds semi-circles at the pool’s ends and/or sides. The corners are usually elegantly rounded as well. The semi-circles are good places to add steps or submerged benches.
A freeform pool can take on virtually any curvilinear shape (except circles or other rounded geometric patterns). Many times, a kidney-shaped pool is considered free-form. However, the kidney shape has become more standard over the years. A truly free-form design does not adhere to any typical pool design patterns. It is typically designed around elements in nature or to blend with nature. It also is chosen for incorporating landscaping elements such as providing inlets into the pool area for palm trees or shrubbery.
Kidney Shaped Pool
This kidney shaped pool is similar to a long oval with an indentation on one side. It is a popular choice because it is conducive to nearly any size of backyard space. Without the crisp lines of a geometric-type pool, the kidney-shape tends to look more natural. It also provides natural placement of a shallow end and a deep end for swimmers. To add to the kidney-shape design, some homeowners place a spa in the indented area or shrubbery and greenery.
Figure-8 shaped pools are great for families or those who want a pool to work for many activities. One end of a figure-8 pool does not necessarily have to be a mirror image in size of the other end. The figure-8 provides a nice separation for an obvious shallow area and a separate deeper area. For families, young children can enjoy activities in the shallow area with obvious perception of where the deeper area begins. The indentations on each side of the figure-8 are also natural spots for shrubbery.
The l-shaped pool was a natural extension of the typical rectangular pool. This type of pool shape is great for those who like to exercise or train by swimming laps, while still providing a smaller shallow-end area for young swimmers.
Lazy L-Shaped Pool
The lazy-l is a hybrid of the l-shaped pool. Swimmers can still take advantage of the long area for laps. The diagonal shorter leg of the “l” shape provides more aesthetic appeal where a natural “entrance” to the pool occurs.