Getting the perfect pool for your backyard isn’t a matter of telling a contractor to dig a hole and place in the concrete wherever he likes. You want to have the right pool for the size of your backyard without being overwhelming large or too small to enjoy. Figuring our your construction budget is the very first thing you should do, as it helps to narrow down your choices. Yet there are also several other factors to consider.
Above-ground or In-Ground
Size considerations have to take into account whether you are going to install the pool above the ground or below it. Above-ground pools can often be cheaper and allow other backyard aspects to be added on including decks. In-ground pools can be more expensive as the price can rise based on the amount of other accessories added on.
Splasher Pools or Lap Pools
Some people want pools to just splash around in and have fun with the kids. Other people want pools for exercises and to do laps. While splasher pools can come in all shapes and sizes, lap pools have to be at least 4-feet to 5-feet deep and about 25 yards long. What you plan to do in the pool will always dictate the length and the depth, as you can decide if you have enough backyard space to accommodate it.
Patios And Landscape Features
You may only want a pool and a small place to lounge by it, so it can be almost as large as your entire backyard. Or you may want to have other backyard elements such as an outdoor kitchen, garden, water feature, outdoor living space, play set, and a putting green. Take into consideration all the outdoor aspects you want into your backyard and the placement of these features. Then you can see how much space you have for a pool as you can decide on the right shape and size.
Decide on the right pool for the size of your backyard based on who will use the pool the most and how often it will be used. If you are only expecting the kids to play in the pool while they are young or the grandchildren playing in it when they spend the weekends over at the house, a smaller pool is ideal. If you plan to use the pool every day when there is great weather outside so you can swim, lounge in and exercise, then a larger pool may be more accommodating. Also keep in mind the changing size of your family. While you may think you need a big pool for your growing teens, also know that when they leave the nest the pool might be used less often. So a smaller above-ground pool that you can later tear down after the kids go to college might be better for your future lifestyle.
Remember that pool sizes don’t have to be the typical round, oval, square or rectangular shapes. In-ground pools can be L-shaped, crescent shaped, U-shaped or other configurations to fit into different backyards. A contractor specializing in pool design can help you decide on the right size to make your pool so it fits optimally in your backyard.