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
Lagoon Swimming Pools
Aerial view illustration of a woman floating in a Lagoon Swimming Pool

The ability to employ free-form and curvilinear layouts gives the Lagoon Swimming Pool limitless creative potential. It is closely related to kidney-shaped pools, and the biggest advantage is it can adapt to any landscape shape or irregular shape lot thanks to its gentle curves, soft edges, and corners. Besides, you can easily complement it with accessories like a fire bowl or jacuzzi.

Set of drawings of layout variations for Lagoon Swimming Pools with overall sizes and dimensions
The ability to employ free-form and curvilinear layouts gives the Lagoon Swimming Pool limitless creative potential. It is closely related to kidney-shaped pools, and the biggest advantage is it can adapt to any landscape shape or irregular shape lot thanks to its gentle curves, and soft edges.

Set of drawings of layout variations for Lagoon Swimming Pools with overall sizes and dimensions
Lagoon Swimming Pools
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Small: 15’ x 34’ x 25’ | 4.6m x 10.4m x 7.6m
Medium: 18’ x 38’3” x 30’ | 5.5m x 11.7m x 9.1m
Large: 21’ x 44’7” x 32’10” | 6.4m x 13.6m x 10m

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Mountain Pond Swimming Pools
Plan drawing of a Mountain Pond Swimming Pool with a woman sitting in a pool float for scale

If you want to upgrade the tone of your backyard or make it the focal point, install the Mountain Pond Swimming Pool. Its curvy shapes bear similarity to the Mountain Lake Swimming Pool. However, you can distinguish them by the symmetrical radii on the Mountain Pond Swimming Pool. The width of the pool becomes bigger as each equal end radius increases.

Set of dimensioned drawings of multiple sizes of Mountain Pond Swimming Pools with inward and outward oriented entry steps
If you want to upgrade the tone of your backyard or make it the focal point, install the Mountain Pond Swimming Pool. Its curvy shapes bear similarity to the Mountain Lake Swimming Pool. However, you can distinguish them by the symmetrical radii on the Mountain Pond Swimming Pool.

Set of dimensioned drawings of multiple sizes of Mountain Pond Swimming Pools with inward and outward oriented entry steps
Mountain Pond Swimming Pools
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Medium: 18’ x 30’ | 5.5m x 9.1m
Large: 21’ x 35’ | 6.4m x 10.7m
X Large: 24’ x 40’ | 7.3m x 12.2m

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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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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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Rectangular Swimming Pools
Plan view of a Rectangular Swimming Pool with a person floating for scale

The Rectangular Swimming Pool is probably the most common swimming pool you will find around or among those who love taking swimming exercises. Besides swimming exercises, you can use them for recreational sports like volleyball because they are large and maximumly use idle space.

Set of dimensioned drawings of Rectangular Swimming Pools in various sizes with inward oriented steps
The Rectangular Swimming Pool is probably the most common swimming pool you will find around or among those who love taking swimming exercises. Besides swimming exercises, you can use them for recreational sports like volleyball because they are large and maximumly use idle space.

Set of dimensioned drawings of Rectangular Swimming Pools in various sizes with inward oriented steps
Rectangular Swimming Pools
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12’ x 24’ | 3.7m x 7.3m
14’ x 28’ | 4.3m x 8.5m
16’ x 32’ | 4.9m x 9.8m
18’ x 36’ | 5.5m x 11m
20’ x 40’ | 6.1m x 12.2m
22’ x 44’ | 6.7m x 13.4m

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