Swimming Pool Layouts

Swimming pools are structures designed specifically to hold a body of water for people to swim in as an exercise or leisure activity. Constructed as either in-ground pools built into the ground or as freestanding constructions set on top of the ground (above ground pools), swimming pools are commonly created as public pools, children’s pools, competition pools, exercise pools, hotel pools, or as private pools in residential environments. Swimming pools are designed with a large range of shapes, sizes, and depths and are typically built from concrete, fiberglass, plastic, metal, or stone.

What should you consider when choosing a pool layout?

When choosing a pool layout, the first aspect to consider is size. There is a limited amount of say one has when it comes to pool size as the extent of the yard is what determines the pool’s maximum. In addition, there are building codes and safety regulations to abide by. Pool depth is a second factor to consider, especially for a family with small children. The pool can also come in a variety of shapes. Older pools most likely are rectangular in shape and can be ideal for exercising. Irregular or round shaped pools are considered to be a more relaxing shape suited for family gatherings. Placement, privacy, visibility from inside the home are also factors to consider as a pool can become a huge part of one’s everyday living.

How do you design the area around a pool?

The area around the pool can be designed with wood or stone decking, with either natural or synthetic wood or natural or tiled stone depending on the preferred style and maintenance. Stones can also be used to create a low border wall around the entire pool. Umbrellas, shade sails, and various garden furniture can be added for shade and relaxation. Landscaping is also a huge part of the design of the area around the pool. For example, increased surrounding greenery can allow for intimacy and privacy. Finally, lights can be placed to increase safety and create an ambience.

What is coping in pool design?

Coping refers to the stone or concrete material that makes a lip at the edge of a pool. It is the coping that one hangs onto when in the water and provides a non-slip surface for walking. This cap finishes the overall look of the pool while protecting the wall from harsh weather conditions.

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Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of an Offset Rectangle Swimming Pool with a man on a pool float

The Offset Rectangle Swimming Pool may look like two large square pools joined together or a larger rectangular pool divided into two. Nonetheless, it has great aesthetics. The offset marks a division where deep point starts and shallow point ends. The enormous nature of this pool makes it great for those with families.

Plan drawings of Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools measuring width and length
The Offset Rectangle Swimming Pool may look like two large square pools joined together or a larger rectangular pool divided into two. Nonetheless, it has great aesthetics. The offset marks a division where deep point starts and shallow point ends. This pool is great for families.

Plan drawings of Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools measuring width and length
Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools
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Small: 13’ x 30’ | 4m x 9.1m
Medium: 15’7” x 36’ | 4.7m x 11m
Large: 18’2” x 42’ | 5.5m x 12.8m

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Keyhole Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Keyhole Swimming Pool with a man floating on a raft for scale

The Keyhole Swimming Pool gets its name from an eye-catching keyhole shape. This design makes it easy to separate the shallow end from the deep end, which is usually at the curved back. This design easily fits a small backyard, besides distinguishing between the front and back of the pool.

Trio of Keyhole Swimming Pool layouts with dimensions and options for pool step designs
The Keyhole Swimming Pool gets its name from an eye-catching keyhole shape. This design makes it easy to separate the shallow end from the deep end, which is usually at the curved back. This design easily fits a small backyard, besides distinguishing between the front and back of the pool.

Trio of Keyhole Swimming Pool layouts with dimensions and options for pool step designs
Keyhole Swimming Pools
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Small: 15’ x 28’ | 4.6m x 8.5m
Medium: 18’ x 33’ | 5.5m x 10.1m
Large: 21’ x 37’ | 6.4m x 11.3m

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Kidney Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Kidney Swimming Pool with a woman sitting in a circular pool float

The biggest advantage of the Kidney Swimming Pool is that it has a lot to offer. The curved edges on its back and small indent on the side make it naturally appealing, easily complement modern design because of the retro look, and functional, as the dent provides a clear division between the deep and shallow ends.

Layout drawings of various sizes of Kidney Swimming Pools with dimensions for overall width and length
The biggest advantage of the Kidney Swimming Pool is that it has a lot to offer. The curved edges on its back and small indent on the side make it naturally appealing, easily complement modern design because of the retro look, and functional, as the dent provides a clear division between ends.

Layout drawings of various sizes of Kidney Swimming Pools with dimensions for overall width and length
Kidney Swimming Pools
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Small: 15’ x 26’ | 4.6m x 7.9m
Medium: 18’ x 31’ | 5.5m x 9.4m
Large: 21’ x 36’ | 6.4m x 11m

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Lazy L Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Lazy L Swimming Pool with a man floating on a raft for scale

The Lazy L Swimming Pool has more organic shapes, less defined angles, and curved lines. Families love it because of the clear separation of the deep end and shallow end. The shallow end has more slanting edges/curves, making it easier to hide pool steps.

Dimensioned collection of Lazy L Swimming Pools at various sizes with inward pool steps
The Lazy L Swimming Pool has more organic shapes, less defined angles, and curved lines. Families love it because of the clear separation of the deep end and shallow end. The shallow end has more slanting edges/curves, making it easier to hide pool steps.

Dimensioned collection of Lazy L Swimming Pools at various sizes with inward pool steps
Lazy L Swimming Pools
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Small: 14’ x 32’4” x 16’8” | 4.3m x 9.6m x 5.1m
Medium: 16’ x 35’10” x 19’2” | 4.9m x 10.9m x 5.8m
Large: 18’ x 39’3” x 21’6” | 5.5m x 12m x 6.6m
X Large: 20’ x 42’9” x 24’ | 6.1m x 13m x 7.3m

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Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools
Aerial drawing of a Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pool with a woman floating on her back for scale

Providing you more relaxation is what the Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pool aims to offer. The L-shape looks like it has cut off plenty of pool area. However, this is compensated by the gently sloping bottom, which provides plenty of room for swimming besides acting as a separation point between deep and shallow areas. The several Grecian corners offer ideal space for adding umbrellas and patio tables.

Dimensioned set of layouts for Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools measuring width and length
Providing you more relaxation is what the Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pool aims to offer. The L-shape looks like it has cut off plenty of pool area. However, this is compensated by the gently sloping bottom, which provides plenty of room for swimming besides acting as a separation point.

Dimensioned set of layouts for Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools measuring width and length
Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools
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Medium: 17’ x 37’ x 22’ | 5.2m x 11.3m x 6.7m
Large: 20’ x 43’6” x 25’9” | 6.1m x 13.3m x 7.8m

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