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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Angled Offset Swimming Pools
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Angled Offset Swimming Pools
Circular | Round Swimming Pools
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Circular | Round Swimming Pools
Crescent Cove Swimming Pools
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Crescent Cove Swimming Pools
Figure Eight Swimming Pools
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Figure Eight Swimming Pools
Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pools
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Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pools
Flat Kidney Swimming Pools
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Flat Kidney Swimming Pools
Grecian L-Shaped Swimming Pools
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Grecian L-Shaped Swimming Pools
Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools
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Grecian Lazy L Swimming Pools
Mountain Lake Swimming Pools
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Mountain Lake Swimming Pools
Mountain Pond Swimming Pools
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Mountain Pond Swimming Pools
Offset Keyhole Swimming Pools
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Offset Keyhole Swimming Pools
Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools
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Offset Rectangle Swimming Pools
Rectangular Swimming Pools
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Rectangular Swimming Pools
Roman Swimming Pools
Plan view drawing of a man swimming in a Roman Swimming Pool

Other than its unique and inviting design, the Roman Swimming Pool spots facing seats and pool steps on both ends. The two arched half circles on either end joining the two long straight edges give it the shape of ancient Roman villas plus a timeless design. The half circles have steps for a grand entrance and exit from the pool.

Drawings of single sided Roman Swimming Pools with variations for inward and outward pool steps
Other than its unique and inviting design, the Roman Swimming Pool spots facing seats and pool steps on both ends. The two arched half circles on either end joining the two long straight edges give it the shape of ancient Roman villas plus a timeless design.

Drawings of single sided Roman Swimming Pools with variations for inward and outward pool steps
Roman Swimming Pools
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Medium: 16’6” x 32’ | 5m x 9.8m
Large: 19’8” x 40’ | 6m x 12.2m

Variations: Single sided, double sided

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T-Shaped Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a T-Shaped Swimming Pool with a person floating on a raft for scale

The T-Shaped Swimming Pool comes in different forms, lengths, and dimensions. Two of its grand advantages are that you can separate the shallow and deep ends. While the narrow section leaves off a lot of space, you can use it to put your patio table and umbrellas. Pool steps can also be positioned on any side of the pool.

Plan drawings with dimensions for T-Shaped Swimming Pools of various sizes and pool step locations
The T-Shaped Swimming Pool comes in different forms, lengths, and dimensions. Two of its grand advantages are that you can separate the shallow and deep ends. While the narrow section leaves off a lot of space, you can use it to put your patio table and umbrellas. Pool steps can also be positioned.

Plan drawings with dimensions for T-Shaped Swimming Pools of various sizes and pool step locations
T-Shaped Swimming Pools
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Small: 15’ x 30’ x 30’ | 4.6m x 9.1m x 9.1m
Medium: 18’ x 32’ x 39’ | 5.5m x 9.8m x 11.9m
Large: 21’ x 36’ x 42’ | 6.4m x 11m x 12.8m

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T-Shaped Swimming Pools plans (inward steps), plans (outward steps), plan (person)

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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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Keyhole Swimming Pools plans (inward steps), plans (outward steps), plan (person)

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Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pool with a man on a float for scale

The Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pool doesn’t possess the hourglass shape since one side is flat while the other is curved. Nonetheless, the curve point marks the separation point of the shallow and the deep area. The flat side makes it look larger than the Figure Eight Swimming Pool.

Trio of Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pool sizes with inward and outward oriented pool steps
The Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pool doesn’t possess the hourglass shape since one side is flat while the other is curved. Nonetheless, the curve point marks the separation point of the shallow and the deep area. The flat side makes it look larger than the Figure Eight Swimming Pool.

Trio of Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pool sizes with inward and outward oriented pool steps
Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pools
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Small: 15’ x 30’ | 4.6m x 9.1m
Medium: 18’ x 36’ | 5.5m x 11m
Large: 21’ x 42’ | 6.4m x 12.8m

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Flat Figure Eight Swimming Pools plans (inward steps), plans (outward steps), plan (person)

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Mountain Lake Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Mountain Lake Swimming Pool with a man floating on a circular pool float

What stands out in the Mountain Lake Swimming Pool is its unique sides full of curves and indents that make it inviting to showcase your swimming skills to your friends and neighbors. If you are not showing off swimming skills in this pool, the calm and comfortable contours make it an item worth admiring or taking photos with.

Collection of plan layouts for Mountain Lake Swimming Pools with dimensions
What stands out in the Mountain Lake Swimming Pool is its unique sides full of curves and indents that make it inviting to showcase your swimming skills to your friends and neighbors. If you are not showing off swimming skills in this pool, the calm and comfortable contours make it enjoyable.

Collection of plan layouts for Mountain Lake Swimming Pools with dimensions
Mountain Lake Swimming Pools
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Medium: 18’ x 30’ | 5.5m x 9.1m
Large: 20’4” x 34’ | 6.2m x 10.4m
X Large: 24’ x 40’ | 7.3m x 12.2m

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