Pool Design | 06/02/14

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Dreaming of big pools and elaborate designs for your backyard oasis? Or maybe you want something smaller and more streamlined. Given the number of different pool shapes and designs that are available today, it can be exciting yet equally bewildering for any to-be pool owner when it comes to selecting the best swimming pool sizes and shapes. To help you keep on track, here are some things to keep in mind:

The Purpose of the Pool

How you intend to use the pool will play a large role in what pool shapes and pool design Phoenix ideas you should be considering.

  • Pools that will be used primarily for recreation should have a large shallow area (4 feet or below) and can be of any shape
  • Pools that will be used for swimming laps should have lengthy straight sections with parallel ends
  • Those with limited backyard space but still want to get in a good workout should consider a swim spa

Choosing a Pool’s Depth

Most recreational pools will do well with a minimum depth of 3 feet that gradually slopes to a maximum of 4 to 5 feet (tanning ledges and beach front entries can be used to create more shallow areas). These pool shapes can vary immensely depending on your own personal tastes.

One thing that recreational users will need to consider is whether they presently or in the future intend on adding a diving board or a slide. In these cases, most pools will need to be 8 feet or so in depth to allow individuals to safely dive into the pool.

Those who are keen on swimming will need a bit more space to make sure that they can swim safely and enjoyably. The pool should generally be the same depth throughout (4-5 feet) and should be a minimum of 25 yards in length.

Here’s the good news: pool shapes and designs for big pools and small pools can be completely tailored to meet your needs. Does someone in the household love to swim laps and the other would rather sit back and relax?  Consider an “L” shaped pool. Geometric pool design Phoenix ideas are also a great way to accommodate both the athletically inclined and lounge lovers.


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.