What is the Right Swimming Pool Size?

Simply put, swimming pool size is completely dependent on what the pool will be used for. The fact is, shape and size actually go hand-in-hand, so in determining the right swimming pool size, there are a number of important factors to consider, including usage.

A pool that will be used primarily for recreational purposes can really be built in any shape and size to suit the locale. The professionals will usually recommend plenty of space for the shallow end, and a gently sloping floor that begins at about 36” and becomes 48” or 60”.

For those who plan to swim laps, the size of the pool should reflect a long, straight portion that will allow for this. The depth should be at least 48” to prevent touching the bottom and to ensure safe turning at each end of the pool. Competitive swimmers need sizable length.

It’s also possible to choose a pool layout that will accommodate BOTH recreational needs AND athletic needs. For example, the “L” shaped pool layout provides a shallow area for the children’s activities, and a longer “leg” that is specifically designed for swimming laps.

For some, a diving board and/or water slide might be on the wish list. This will need some serious thought in terms of diving depth and safety concerns. It’s a topic of discussion best debated with the pool builder, as they will have the experience and expertise to advise.

The size of the swimming pool will also have a bearing on the surrounding environment. Clearly, additional space is required all around the pool for a paved area (or a deck), and depending on the extent of this space, the size of the swimming pool may be compromised.

A good contractor will have a formula for figuring out the ratio between the pool size and the “poolside” space. Indeed, these two spaces should be about equal. And keeping in mind local bylaws, a safety fence is a likely prerequisite, which also requires space.

Not to be overlooked by any means, swimming pool size will be conditional on the amount of backyard space that is physically available. In this regard, an experienced pool builder will be instrumental in designing a suitable layout and size for pool, and the surroundings.

And let’s not forget about the project budget. In this regard, size definitely does matter, and the bigger the pool, the bigger the building expense. Here again, a good pool contractor will work with you to assess and evaluate how to get the most out of your budget.

Proper planning is key to building a swimming pool, and deciding on the right size is part of the planning process. Long terms needs should also be taken into consideration. So part of the determination should consider current family size, family growth, and future needs.

A swimming pool is a major project that demands serious pre-planning. There isn’t such a thing as too much planning, because unplanned changes or adjustments will be expensive at any stage of the project. The best planning approach addresses all of the eventualities.

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