Swimming pool designs have historically been confined to a variation on the rectangle or some form of kidney shape with a design twist here and there, and that’s fine. Most designers in fact will tell you that the true test of a designer is to find something new in an old idea. Other people though aren’t happy unless they’re doing something completely unique and some wild pool designs have resulted from this approach. But how wise is it to push the design envelope with swimming pools?
Pushing the Limits of Inground Pool Design
Today it’s easier than ever before to make a statement with your inground pool design. However, the push to be unique can sometimes result in more trouble than triumph. Here are a few ways a pool may push the design envelope a bit too far.
- Too deep – In recent years there’s been a movement away from diving in backyard pools. As a result the deep end of the average residential pool is now about 5’. Some see this trend as an opportunity to make a statement and design their pool to be 12’ deep or more. While such depth may make your pool stand out it may also scare off many of your guests.
- Too many curves – A pool with more curves than a Formula 1 racetrack might sound like a good idea but who is going to clean such a thing? Not only that but how can you ensure you’ll get proper water circulation so that the chemicals that keep the water clean and algae free can get into all the nooks and crannies? The short answer is you probably can’t.
- Lost in translation – Sometimes a homeowner starts out with a clear idea of what they want their inground pool design to be. Along the way however they get into a vicious cycle of revisions during which the original concept gets completely lost and what finally emerges is nothing short of a mess that holds a lot of water.
- Lost in the landscaping – Sometimes people get so caught up in the landscaping around the pool that by the time they’re done building the 4th fountain and planting the Scotch Pines it’s hard to even see the pool. Elaborate flora also has a tendency to attract elaborate insect life and you may find your guests jumping into the pool just to get away from the bugs. This is why it is important to get expert advice from a professional landscaping company in Toronto.
- Cool but dangerous – Today, people are looking for ways to bring all the different elements of their property – house, patio, outdoor kitchen, deck, pool and landscaping – together in new and interesting ways. This has led to some wild pool designs where, for instance, parts of a patio or outdoor kitchen jut out over the surface of the pool. While something like this looks cool it represents a real danger to swimmers and children on the deck who may fall in.
Something to consider is that the more outrageous the inground pool design the more expensive the pool. But even if that’s not an issue you might want to try and restrain your more extreme design tendencies in the service of creating a pool everyone can use and admire.
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