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An Overview of Swimming Pool Design

There are 10.4 million residential pools across the US. It’s no wonder why. A backyard pool is the epitome of modern luxury.

A backyard pool allows people to enjoy the benefits of vacationing mere steps from their door. 

Yet, creating a swimming pool design for your space is not easy. There are many factors to consider. Read on to learn all about swimming pool designs and plans. 

Consider Your Pool’s Primary Use

The first thing to think about when thinking about swimming pool designs and plans is the pool’s main use.

Some people plan to use their pool for exercises such as water aerobics or swimming laps every day.

Families with young children (or grandchildren) might want a pool for cooling off on hot days. Other people plan to entertain in their backyard and use the pool as a fun activity. 

What do you think you and your family will use the pool for most? 

Your swimming pool design should reflect what your pool will be used for. If you will have small children often swimming, you may want a beach-entry pool with an extended shallow end.

If you plan to swim laps, a narrow, rectangular pool will be perfect. If you picture hosting plenty of water volleyball games, consider the depth you choose. It’s easier to stand and spike than it is to tread water and volley.

Be sure to take time on this step of the process. Figuring out how you will use your pool is the main factor in finding the right pool design for your home.

Create a Backyard Oasis

Most people choose to have a swimming pool because they want to enjoy a backyard oasis. Yet, oasis means something different for everyone.

For you, it might mean a tropical garden where the natural pool blends into the greenery. Perhaps it includes a soothing waterfall, too.

Other people may prefer an architectural pool for its geometric, sophisticated, style that complements the design of the house. 

Consider if you want a seating area, a fire feature, an outdoor open or a wet bar.  You may also want to leave room for a play area, tanning deck, or garden.

Cabanas, pergolas, and trellises are all also great additions to a pool area.

These options can greatly enhance the beauty and potential of your space. Also, take into account the views of your pool both from the exterior and interior of your home. You want your pool to blend seamlessly into your home.

Understand Bylaw Restrictions

Keep in mind that once you have a vision of your outdoor space, you aren’t done yet.

You have to then consider the factors that might cause you to rethink that vision.

Do your due diligence and find out what your local codes and bylaws are. Research to see if you are in proximity to natural areas (this could impact your ability to get a permit).

You will also want to find out if you need a fence around the pool or just around the yard. Ask about height requirements for fences.

Natural Factors 

Once you have that sorted, think about sunlight and water drainage for your yard.

No yard is perfect. Chances are you will run into unique challenges. Yet, it’s better to know about those challenges before you get started.

You might have a sloping backyard, retaining walls, or you might back onto a ravine. Your site might be next to a conservation area, be in a flood zone, and so on. These will require special planning. 

You’ll also want to avoid pooling and direct runoff into catchment areas. 

Future Features

Your vision for your backyard might not fit with your current budget. But that doesn’t mean you should change your vision.

Even if you won’t be installing some options right now, it is smart to make room for them in your final design. Things like water features are only possible later if you have plumbed for them during construction.

Current and Future Landscaping

Existing landscape features such as hedges, mature trees, and gardens could impact your pool’s shape, size, and location.

Even if you decide to remove these landscape elements, there could be a cost implication. 

You also have to consider that young trees and bushes will grow over time. Though they seem far from the pool area now, their leaves could eventually be dropping into the pool.

The upside of landscaping is that you can really use it to your advantage in terms of privacy. Plus, it can make a yard more soft and lush and balance out the hardscape elements. 

Creative landscaping is a wonderful aesthetic tool you can use to enhance the design of your pool and backyard.

Think About Color

When choosing swimming pool designs and plans, you must think about color choices. 

You must choose the liner color, the color, and material of the pool deck as well as other elements like landscaping, hardscaping, and furniture.

Not to mention, all these colors have to fit in with the existing color palette of your home’s exterior.

It is always a good look to choose complementary colors that have a bit of a contrast. If you choose a deep contrast you will make a big statement, but sometimes it can be too much. Or it might not work as well as you hoped.

Plus, complimentary hues in your backyard space means that if you ever sold your property, there is a high chance that potential buyers would love your selections.

Love Your Swimming Pool Design

We hope these points on how to go about creating a swimming pool design has given you food for thought.

Need help making decisions? Find a California Pools design location near you.