What size pool is best?

Once you’ve found the perfect pool builder and started working on the design process, there are some very important decisions to make. One of the most challenging may be deciding on the perfect pool size and style for your needs. While this can feel a bit overwhelming, there are a few considerations that can help you narrow down your options. Start by asking yourself these five questions. 

1. How Do You Plan to Use Your Pool?

It’s often helpful to start by thinking about how you and your family will use your pool. Do you plan to spend most of your time floating on a raft and working on your tan? Or do you think you’ll swim laps and play water sports? Are you planning to have a lot of pool parties?

These types of questions can help you narrow down your size options. For example, if you primarily plan to entertain, you may want a small to medium-sized pool so there’s plenty of room for a patio, lounge furniture, and other features like an outdoor kitchen or a bar. If you want to use your pool to exercise or play water sports, you may need a larger pool with both a shallow and a deep end. 

2. How Many People Will Use Your Pool?

Next, consider both the size of your family and how many guests you think you’ll have. When choosing your pool size, keep these general guidelines in mind:

  • 6 to 8 people – fit comfortably in an 18-foot by 36-foot pool, which is spacious enough for larger groups and provides enough room to play games
  • 5 or fewer people – fit well in a 16-foot by 32-foot pool, which is perfect for swimming and floating
  • 3 or fewer people – can comfortably enjoy a 14-foot by 25-foot pool. This will still provide enough room for floating, relaxing, and using water-safe toys

3. How Much Space Do You Have? 

One of the most important considerations is the amount of space you have available in your backyard. Keep in mind that you’ll need room for a patio, landscaping, and any other features you want to add.

Also, consider whether there are constraints that limit where you can put your pool. This may include existing landscaping that you want to keep, fences, property lines, and/or overhead electrical wires. 

4. What Pool Style Do You Want? 

There are many different pool style options to choose from, and some work better in larger or smaller sizes. For example, if you want a rectangular-shaped pool, it’s often best to choose one that is at least 30 feet long so there’s plenty of room for swimming laps. However, if you’re considering a freeform pool, you’ll have much more leeway when choosing your pool size. 

5. What’s Your Pool Construction Budget? 

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need to consider your pool construction budget. Larger pools cost more to build and a larger pool area often means that you’ll also spend more on your deck and your decorative and safety features. 

When weighing cost against size, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to pay the entire pool construction cost upfront. Pool financing can help you get the pool you really want by allowing you to make affordable monthly payments. 

Take the Plunge with Swim Inc. 

Whether you’ve already decided on your pool size and design, or you still have questions, the experts at Swim Inc. are here to help. We’re happy to walk you through your options so you can choose the perfect pool for your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! 

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