Dear General– We have started saving for a pool. I know for sure I want an inground pool, and we’re pretty set on a fiberglass pool, but I’ve been going in circles with all the different designs available. I love my gardens and landscaping, and I want something that will not only blend in, but enhance the look of our backyard. What shape would look most natural?
Signed– Shapeless in Schaumberg
Dear Shapeless– I have found that customers with similar wants and needs often choose a non-diving, “free-formed shaped” pool. For maximum aesthetic value, you’ll want to keep your inground pool in proportion to the size of your yard and in harmony with your landscaping, the style of your house and your family’s personality. Here are some things to consider to help you find the perfect pool shape for your family:
Consult Your Pool Builder
First of all, once you’ve chosen a pool builder that you want to work with, trust their experience. You may already have started saving pictures from all over the internet, and you have most likely spent some time envisioning how those pools will look in your yard. But when you meet with the designer from the pool company, they might suggest something completely different.
While they should listen to your ideas and vision and understand your priorities for how you plan to use your pool, don’t dismiss their recommendations too quickly. They often have years of experience designing pool projects. They’ve seen hundreds of backyards, and they know what works—and what doesn’t—so take advantage of their knowledge (and other people’s pool planning mistakes). Work together to brainstorm ideas and decide on the perfect pool for you.
Consider All the Great Fiberglass Pool Shapes
You mentioned that you’re leaning towards fiberglass. I think that’s a great choice. I would tell my customers that they could also get a vinyl liner, or gunite (concrete) pool with similar features. Then, I would take some time and explain some of the pluses and minuses of custom building a pool , especially the costs involved. And in most cases, we would circle back around to the fiberglass pool. There are so many great fiberglass pool designs available that you’re sure to find a shape that works perfectly in your yard for a much lower upfront investment and overall lower pool maintenance costs down the road.
Here are a couple of my favorite fiberglass pool designs from one of my favorite fiberglass pool manufacturers—Thursday Pools:
Customize with Add-On Features and Accessories
Add-on features are a great way to make any pool uniquely yours. Here are a few you might consider:
The good news is this: you’re gonna have so much fun with your family in your new pool that this time of wondering and worrying will seem like a distant memory this time next year. You’ll look out your window and won’t even be able to remember what your yard looked like before your awesome new pool. Hope this helped!
Until next time– The General
The General is an Indiana-based pool building expert with years of experience in the fiberglass pool business. Now retired, he offers his tip and tricks on pool selection, installation and maintenance here in his monthly articles. Get more great swimming pool owner information and advice from Thursday Pools. And, if you think you’re ready to take the plunge with a new inground fiberglass pool, get a free estimate today!