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Everything You Need To Know About Designing Your New Pool

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

If you are someone who likes to spend quality time in a pool, you might consider designing your own swimming pool. Having your own custom swimming pool in your backyard is a great investment that offers you quality time with family and increased home value.

Designing a pool has many challenges. However, the end result of a customized pool is worth the effort. You might be wondering about what to know when building a pool or how to design a pool layout that works best for you and your family.

To make things easy for you, here's a guide for everything that you need to know about designing your new pool.

Inground Pool Shapes and Sizes to Fit Your Needs

Inground pools are the best option for long-lasting, quality pools. Think about the value that you are adding to your home. A pool can boost your home value by 5-8%, and if you are someone looking to spend quality time with your kids or grandkids, having a pool is the perfect way to do so.

Another benefit of having an inground pool is that you can control the design and layout. Since an inground pool is a significant investment, it's worth putting some time and consideration into how it looks. Some common pool shapes include:

  • Rectangular

  • Round

  • Oval

  • Multi-sided

  • Freeform

  • Classic or roman -shaped

As for the size of the pool, as long as you have the space, your pool can be as large as you want it to be.

Water Features

If you have decided that you are going to design a pool, a good way to impress your family and friends is to add some pool water features. Water features are a perfect way to make your pool more unique and add to the overall experience. Water features can be anything from lights to waterfalls.

Here are some additional water features you might want to consider for your pool design:

  • Fountains

  • Bubblers

  • Scuppers

  • Sconces

Fire Features

To enhance your pool's appearance, consider adding fire features around your pool. Hosting a pool party at night with the amazing fire features is always a memorable experience that your guests will remember and want to return for again.

There are many striking fire features you can add to your custom pool design. One of the most popular pool fire features is fire bowls. Fire bowls are a simple addition to your pool design that looks stunning at night.

Designing Your Pool Area

Have you thought about your pool area design? Choosing the pool's shape, size and other features is one thing, but you also need to decide on the layout and features of the area around your new pool.

You have to keep in mind that your pool area design is, in some ways, determined by the pool size and shape you are looking for. If you plan to get a large pool, be sure that the large size of the pool flows well with your pool area design.

If you aren’t sure what pool area design would work with your pool, we have some great recommendations on how to structure an amazing outdoor living space. By considering how your pool area will best serve you and increase your home's value, you can experience quality family time in your own backyard and get the best bang for your buck.

Sample Layout Ideas

You might be getting a better idea about the pool design, pool features and pool area you're interested in. However, laying out your plan is yet another challenge. Here are some pool layout designs that you could work with to get started on your new pool design.

  1. Have a simple rectangle pool in the middle. On the left side of the pool, you could have outdoor bars and a kitchen area with a television. On the right side of the pool, you could have a fancy seating area that adds convenience and luxury to your outdoor space.

  2. For a more unique pool, you could design a tiny pool that has a pathway built in to get to your other outdoor living areas. This layout would be perfect for someone who enjoys relaxing outside and only needs a small pool to cool down.

  3. Have a freeform pool shape, where one side of the pool curve has in-pool seating. The other ends of the pool could include aqua chairs that are inside the pool. This layout would be perfect for a family of kids. The kids can splash and play at their end of the pool and parents or grandparents can still participate in relaxation.

These are only a few pool layout ideas that you could find inspiration from!

What to Expect From Pool Contractors

Now that you have decided to add a pool to your home, you might begin looking for contractors in your area. Working with a pool contractor should be simple. However, there are some things that you can prepare for.

  1. Have a general idea of how big you want your pool to be. You don’t have to get the exact measurements, but it would be a good idea to determine that beforehand. You might run into problems with the construction of the pool when the size you planned isn't possible. Work with the contractor and determine what size of the pool would work best for your space.

  2. Think about how you would utilize the pool. If you are someone who enjoys relaxing in the pool, it would be a good idea to include more comfortable seating features in the pool. If you have a large and active family, a pool with a diving board might be more suitable. Be sure to get a sense of how you and your family plan on using the pool before meeting the contractors. The contractors will most likely provide some suggestions while working with you to construct an amazing new pool space.

  3. Don’t worry too much. Our custom pool design service brings the care and expertise that means you don't need to worry about anything. All you have to do is provide information about your design, plans and needs and we will create a custom pool for you. Our team includes professionals with more than 10 years of experience, so you can trust us to provide you and your family with the pool you're looking for

Design Your New Pool With Quantus Pools Today

If you need professional expertise for your swimming pool designs and plans, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Quantus Pools for more information. We are happy to work with you and help you design your inground pool and other features for your outdoor space in the Chicagoland area.

With a new pool, it will need routine maintenance. Fortunately, we've got you covered. See our pool maintenance services.


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