If you are thinking about building a swimming pool, one of the key factors to consider is how large it will be. After all, the size of your pool will impact its cost, how much of your yard it consumes, and how much time and money will be required to maintain it. If you’re unsure where to start, it may help to know how big most pools tend to be: on average, residential inground pools with a standard rectangular shape range from approximately 10 by 20 feet to 20 by 40 feet.
While these measurements can give you an idea of what to expect from your new pool in terms of size, there are virtually endless possibilities for pool sizes and shapes—particularly if you opt for a custom gunite pool. These beautiful, hand-built pools can range from small but deep “cocktail” pools to large, freeform, resort-style pools and everything in between. As you work with your swimming pool contractor to determine the ideal size, here are a few factors to consider:
- How much space you have available. When taking into account the decking and entire area that will surround the pool, how much of your yard are you willing to dedicate? The size of your pool may also be limited by the terrain on your property.
- Your budget. Generally, the larger the pool, the more it will cost to build and maintain.
- Intended use. Thinking about how you plan to use your pool—and how many swimmers you’ll expect—can help you decide on the right size and shape. For instance, if you plan to primarily use it for swimming laps, the design should include at least one area long enough for extended laps (no less than 38 or 40’). A qualified designer will incorporate this lap-lane into the design whether it is freeform or geometric. On the other hand, if the pool will primarily be used for lounging and relaxation, you may want to ensure that there is adequate room to include features like sun shelves and underwater seating. If kids and adults alike will be swimming in your pool, be sure to include adequate space in the shallow end.
- A qualified pool designer will walk you though the logic behind sizes and shapes, why one should consider some designs over others, and how it will affect your yard and budget both now and over time. Speak to a true professional, someone with experience creating backyard living spaces.
With over 50 years of continuous experience designing and building custom gunite pools, Aqua Pool & Patio can create pools of any size and shape. Our team will guide you through the process of determining the optimal size for your needs, taking into account a variety of factors to ensure that you’re getting the pool of your dreams. Call us at (860) 623-9886 to get started!