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Customize Your Swimming Pool To Fit Your Lot

by Howard Barnett

People love water. The price of homes and land on lakes and rivers is a testament to this. But even if you don't live on coastal property, having a home swimming pool can still give you the ability to float, swim, relax, or just cool off on hot days.

And while there's certainly nothing wrong with a traditional rectangular swimming pool, it's far from the only option available. If you're considering a swimming pool (and especially if you want to make the most of a small lot), consider getting something custom and unique.

Narrow Pools For Narrow Lots

The simplest way to fit a pool onto a smaller lot is to narrow it. A long but narrow pool still allows for swimming laps, and if you install a pool without a shallow end, you can swim up and down the length of it with ease.

If you find the shape of a long rectangular pool unappealing, try setting one long straight side of the pool against the back of your lot and making the other long side into a rounded or wavy pattern to add interest.

Rounded Pools

There are two main advantages for rounded pools on small lots. The first is that a rounded, organic shape can fit better around the other features in your yard. A rounded L shape, for instance, can make use of corner space while leaving a spot for a patio or grill; a kidney shape can be used to leave room for plants near the pool's edge. The multitude of custom shapes means that almost any shape of free space can be used.

The second advantage is aesthetic: the curved sides of rounded swimming pools make them seem larger than the stark, straight lines of rectangular swimming pools. The more organic shape of a rounded pool also makes it stand out less from the larger environment, which draws less attention to its size and more to how it harmonizes with the rest of the yard.

Choosing Depths

While a larger pool may go from a shallow wading end to a deep end for diving, if you are trying to make the most of your space, think about what depth of pool you are most likely to use. If you mainly want to be able to swim and float, you may not need much shallow space – a few steps leading into a deeper pool could suit you fine. If you think of your pool as mainly for relaxing and cooling off, then minimizing or eliminating the deep end is a possibility; a smaller, moderate-depth pool might be more your style.

Artificial Currents

If the reason why you want a pool is to be able to swim laps, then smaller pools present large disadvantages. But there's another option: installing a pool with artificial current. This will allow you to swim continuously in a pool that takes up very little space – basically, you can swim for as long as you like without running into the wall of the pool. Artificial currents can be installed in many pools, but generally, the smaller the pool, the better an artificial current will work.

Visit a local pool contractor like Sunset Pools to plan your own backyard water retreat.

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