When planning to have a pool installed it is important to pick the design and size that will fit best with your lifestyle. There are designs specifically for those that want pools for fitness and exercise purposes, some that are perfect for small spaces, and other pools reflect luxury and can be a complete exotic escape.
Choosing the Right Design
The size and shape can play a large factor in the choice of design. While many pools come in most any size and shape, some homes may need a smaller style. You must also decide what your pool will be used for. If you want to swim for fitness purposes smaller pools or rounded design may not fit in with the lifestyle you lead. However, if you are looking for a place to relax and cool off, a large design may not be necessary, especially if you don’t want to spend the time on maintenance for a pool that size.
If you enjoy spending time entertaining family and friends, an outdoor space that incorporates a water feature is an ideal addition. In a case like this you want a design that is inviting and fun. Pools that have extra features such as waterfalls or that include natural elements would be a perfect fit. If you are just looking for something to fit into your space that you can use to swim, play, and cool off, something without all the extra features will be perfect for you.
Lap pools are specially designed or designated for swimming laps. These pools require a long space to be installed. The lap pools design is always long and narrow and typically they are made with one depth. These pools are intended for a person to stay fit through swimming.
The endless pools are designed to be used for the same purpose as the lap pool, for exercise. The difference is that endless pools are built to fit inside a smaller areas. Endless pools have a steady resistance current that swimmers can work against for exercise.
Plunge pools are small, shallower pools built for lounging, wading and cooling off. These pools are not really intended for swimming or exercising. They are perfect for homes with limited space. Typically, a plunge pool is larger than a spa but smaller than the standard swimming pools. The shapes and sizes vary greatly with plunge pools which makes them easy to work with when adding them to your home.
Negative Edge Pools
The negative edge, or infinity pool, is a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, or vanishing. The effect of a negative edge pool is particularly impressive when the infinity edge appears to merge with a larger body of water or when it seems to flow into the sky. This choice of pool is ideal for those that live near the ocean or live on a hilltop property.
Free Form Pools
Free Form Pools usually include gentle curves and non-traditional shapes, providing a more relaxed and natural look. These pools often have rock and water elements incorporated, giving the pool a natural pond or oasis look. There is no real restriction to the shape of a free form pool.
Geometric shapes are commonly referred to as traditional pools. They are mainly modern or contemporary, based on their rectangular shape or sharp, clean lines. However, these pools are not always shaped as a simple rectangle. The geometric pool generally fits in any space or home style and is the most commonly installed.
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