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
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Crescent Cove Swimming Pools
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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
Angled Offset Swimming Pools
Aerial illustration of a woman relaxing on a circular pool float in an Angled Offset Swimming Pool

If it were not for the offset in the middle of the Angled Offset Swimming Pool, it would be one enormous rectangular pool. The offset not only makes it look stylish, but also gives it an impression of being big for swimming and relaxing. You may add pool steps for easier entry and exit out of the pool.

Dimensioned collection of designs for Angled Offset Swimming Pools with dimensions and pool step variations
If it were not for the offset in the middle of the Angled Offset Swimming Pool, it would be one enormous rectangular pool. The offset not only makes it look stylish, but also gives it an impression of being big for swimming and relaxing. You may add pool steps for easier entry and exit out.

Dimensioned collection of designs for Angled Offset Swimming Pools with dimensions and pool step variations
Angled Offset Swimming Pools
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Small: 11’6” x 30’ | 3.5m x 9.1m
Medium: 13’9” x 36’ | 4.2m x 11m
Large: 16” x 42’ | 4.9m x 12.8m

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Oval Swimming Pools
Plan view drawing of a woman floating on a raft in an Oval Swimming Pool

The advantage of an Oval Swimming Pool is that it provides a large swimming area for exercise and play. However, this may mean that it takes a lot of space. An Oval Swimming Pool is ideal for longer yards and not wider yards. You can also install it above the ground or into the ground and even use it for swimming exercises.

Dimensioned drawings of an assortment of Oval Swimming Pools sizes measuring length and width
The advantage of an Oval Swimming Pool is that it provides a large swimming area for exercise and play. However, this may mean that it takes a lot of space. An Oval Swimming Pool is ideal for longer yards and not wider yards. You can also install it above the ground or into the ground.

Dimensioned drawings of an assortment of Oval Swimming Pools sizes measuring length and width
Oval Swimming Pools
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Small: 12’ x 26’ | 3.7m x 7.9m
Medium: 15’ x 30’6” | 4.6m x 9.3m
Large: 18’ x 35’8” | 5.5m x 10.9m
X Large: 22’ x 39’6” | 6.7m x 12m

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Circular | Round Swimming Pools
Aerial drawing of a Circular | Round Swimming Pool with a person floating on a raft

A Circular or Round Swimming Pool is what its name suggests—it is circular. It can be above ground or fitted into the ground. However, its bottom isn’t round but flat, ideal for both kids and adults. The advantage of a round swimming pool is it promotes optimal water flow and efficient filtration. However, it is not space-efficient.

Collection of various sized Circular Swimming Pools with inward pool steps and dimensions for overall diameters
A Circular or Round Swimming Pool is what its name suggests—it is circular. It can be above ground or fitted into the ground. However, its bottom isn’t round but flat, ideal for both kids and adults. The advantage of a round swimming pool is it promotes optimal water flow and efficient filtration.

Collection of various sized Circular Swimming Pools with inward pool steps and dimensions for overall diameters
Circular | Round Swimming Pools
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12’ | 3.7 m
15’ | 4.6 m
18’ | 5.5 m
21’ | 6.4 m
24’ | 7.3 m
27’ | 8.2 m
30’ | 9.1 m

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Offset Keyhole Swimming Pools
Aerial drawing of an Offset Keyhole Swimming Pool with a floating person for scale

The Offset Keyhole Swimming Pool has the classical shape of a keyhole. However, rather than having a completely curved back, it is flat on one side. Such a design ensures the pool fits into the landscape architecture and the extra space left used for other activities.

Dimensioned collection of Offset Keyhole Swimming Pools measuring length and width
The Offset Keyhole Swimming Pool has the classical shape of a keyhole. However, rather than having a completely curved back, it is flat on one side. Such a design ensures the pool fits into the landscape architecture and the extra space left used for other activities.

Dimensioned collection of Offset Keyhole Swimming Pools measuring length and width
Offset 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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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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