Once you have decided on the type of construction and chosen our professional builder, the next step is to implement the design. Take a look at these popular pool shapes to learn how they are best used. Then when you consult with your designer, you’ll have a better idea of which options can be accommodated.
1. Infinity Pools
Infinity pools are one of the most dramatic effects found in pool design. Made to outwit the viewer into believing that the pool flows over an edge into the neighboring vista, this type of swimming pool is actually a product of math and science: the water flows over the pool’s weir wall into a hidden trough where it’s recycled back into the pool. Homes that overlook spectacular scenery like the ocean, a river, mountains, or even nearby cityscapes are the best candidates to capture this design’s magic. However, a designer will also suggest an infinity pool for a property that is surrounded by natural lushness like wooded glens or palm tree groves.
2. Perimeter-Overflow Pools
Perimeter overflow pools are an optical illusion that uses water to imitate mirrors and flat deck surfaces. Water overflows on all sides into a trough in the deck, functioning like a 360-degree vanishing edge. When viewed from overhead or from afar, the pool appears to be a flat surface on the deck. It is only when the wind or some other movement ripples the surface that the effect disappears.
3. Classic Rectangle and Lap Pools
If your home is deluxe and traditional, then a classic rectangle is one of the best options as the pool’s straight lines will not overpower the property’s ageless elegance; in fact, those clean edges will reinforce the architecture’s magnificence, creating an even greater aura of elegance.
But don’t let your fantasy stop there. In fact, many designers choose to use this shape for non-traditional homes because it never goes out of style and will always coordinate perfectly with its surroundings. Rectangular pools can be adapted to a variety of locations, including modern, urban, and bucolic. When joined with an infinity edge or a perimeter overflow, this type of inground pool shape takes on even more character and allows the pool to truly become one with the setting.
Except to gracefully enhancing a home’s property, a rectangular pool can also be put to work. Many people enjoy using the pool for exercise and swimming laps. A lap pool is an excellent option for those who want more out of their pool than a place to dip their toes or float away the day. Built to accommodate a swimmer’s strokes and turns, a lap pool can be whatever length and width the user deems necessary. But don’t think that your pool must be utilitarian in looks—use your professional pool designer’s flair for the visual and keep the aesthetic around the pool in line with the rest of the property so the pool can also be the home’s showpiece.
By simply remodeling the design to create an “L” shape, the pool can be the best of both worlds: for those swimming laps, there is the straightaway, and for those wishing to play water volleyball or basketball, there is a separate wading area for fun and games.
If you peeked over the fence of every home that has a swimming pool, you will notice that quite a few sport a kidney-shaped pool. The reason is simple: kidney-shaped pools’ soft, retro look is appropriate for a variety of architectural styles.
Many pool designers use this pool shape as a foundation from which to build more elaborate structures. No matter the building material, they will add accents like natural coping, glass tile, colorful plaster, or a textured finish to customize the project for your property.
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