At J&S Landscape in Boulder, we know that the best escape from winter is to dream about summer and the swimming pool shapes and styles that may finally become a reality in the coming year. If this sounds familiar, let’s get into what you need to know about your pool options, including the different pool shapes and their unique advantages. This information will give you plenty to think about between now and pool installation season.
One of the most iconic swimming pool shapes and styles is the kidney. During the 50s and 60s, these pools were hugely popular and now are enjoying renewed popularity among people who want simple style. Some people want to keep with the mid-century theme of their home and a kidney-shaped pool fits the bill. Much like its namesake, this style features a simple curved form with an indentation on one side. It is surprising to some to learn that this simple shape has some advantages.
The shape makes the distinction between the shallow and deep ends easy, which can be particularly important if you will have small children enjoying the pool. Additionally, the space along the indentation makes a good location for additional design features, such as a pool bench or pocket landscaping. If the kidney is appropriately designed, the pool can be good for lap swimming (a feature that is unexpected to a number of people).
Kidney-shaped pools are great choices for those who want a pool but are on a budget. The curved design gives more square footage of swimming area but comes with lower perimeter footage. This can potentially be a money-saver especially when you do a cost comparison to other shapes that provide roughly the same amount of swimming area.
The Figure-8 Shaped Pool
Considered to be more contemporary than its kidney-shaped cousin, this is essentially, a small circle or oval at the top of a larger circle or oval—reflective of the number 8—but wider in the middle. It offers similar functionality to the kidney shape but is considered a bit more stylish amongst swimming pool shapes and styles. Interestingly, this shape can be even better on the budget when looking at swimming space per amount of perimeter.
Rectangle pools are ideal for those homeowners who might want to use their pool for water exercise, particularly, lap swimming. Rectangle pools offer a sleek feel, with a very modern sensibility. You can choose to modify the rectangle to provide improved design options, such as rounded corners or a rounded spa installed at one end.
Ultimately, rectangular swimming pool shapes and styles do not offer much in the way of flexibility when it comes to the space needed. Generally, rectangles will require more square footage in the backyard with no real flexibility to allow for the intrusion or incorporation of other features. If a tree or structure is in the way, you will either need to go with a smaller size pool or remove the intruding element. This shape can also be more expensive.
The upside is that this shape is easy to cover. It is even easier if you install a motorized cover which is not as easily accomplished or even possible with some of the other shapes. If you are interested in installing a rectangle pool or any other pool, contact us here at J&S Landscape serving the Boulder and Longmont areas. We can help you start the planning and design process now so you can enjoy your pool this summer.
The L-shaped pool works well if you want a large shallow area for play and another area for diving or swimming. Typically, the base of the L-shape becomes the shallow area, allowing the longer end to be used for laps and diving. The L-shape makes it easier to meet depth requirements without having too steep of a slope which isn’t generally ideal for families. The base of the L allows for a shallow entry and play area along with a more gradual slope.
The downsides of L-shaped pools are that they can be a little more expensive and that they also require a good-sized yard for pool installation.
Other Geometric Pools
There are a number of classic geometric shapes for a homeowner to choose: circles, ovals, squares, triangles, and more. Some of these shapes may have some unique benefits that are specific to your yard area.
You can even choose custom geometric shapes where you start with a basic shape and add or take away from it to make it more suitable. The cost of these kinds of pools will vary depending on the specific size. Customization may allow you to make the best use of your space and in turn, it may provide you with the best outcome.
Classic Pools: Grecian and Roman
These pools can be considered to be a subcategory of geometric pools. These pools are basically a rectangle with some modification.
- Grecian: This shape cuts off the 90-degree corners. A more modern version of this curves the corners inward. Ultimately it reduces the square footage of the pool.
- Roman: This shape is more popular and it rounds both ends of the pool. There is a modified version of this shape which is called a half-Roman. This version only rounds one end of the pool.
These pools don’t conform to a predetermined shape. This allows you the most versatility for creating a pool that works well in your yard. You could go with anything your mind can imagine, transforming your backyard into an oasis. Want it to look like a Colorado lake with a waterfall on one end and a rock-formed spa at the other? You dream it, we’ll build it.
Choosing a pool really comes down to your preferences, needs, and budget. Swimming pool shapes and styles may depend on your overall goals for your yard. If you are thinking of putting in a pool for next summer, contact us here at J&S Landscape serving the Boulder and Longmont areas. We can help you choose the pool that will be perfect for you.