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Inground Pool Shapes and Sizes: How to Choose Remember those pop quizzes your teachers would give you? We do too. Let’s take the pressure off and let you know right away that there are no right or wrong answers in our inground pool quiz. It’s designed to help guide you toward the inground swimming pool that will best fit your personality, what you want from a pool, and the space you have to work with.
1. How big is your space? Do you want the pool to take up most of your backyard?
This first question is probably the most important. You obviously need to consider how much pool you want, and how it will fit into the space you have available. Smaller pools are available for smaller back yards, and you still get all of the features of a larger pool. If you have a large property and like to swim laps, you may want to opt for a large inground pool.
Keep in mind that you will have to leave room for a pool deck, seating, and any landscape features you want to add. Sometimes going with a medium-sized pool hits the sweet spot.
2. Do you prefer classic and geometric styles, or freeform and nature-inspired?
This question can help you decide on the shape of your pool. If you prefer clean, geometric lines, you may want to opt for a rectangular pool, L-shape, or other pool styles with clean lines. On the other hand, if you love getting out in nature, you may like a free-form lagoon-style pool shape better. Both styles can be fully customized with a pool waterfall, pool lighting, and pool surround.
3. Are you happy with a prefabricated fiberglass pool, or do you want the full customization that comes with a gunite pool?
Once you’ve answered the questions about size and shape, you should look at the styles available on a fiberglass pool manufacturer’s website. We install San Juan Pools, so that might be a good place to start. If there is a style of pool and spa combo, or pool and separate spa that appeal to you, fiberglass might be the way to go. Installation is faster, and a fiberglass pool will cost less than a concrete pool installation.
However, if you want a custom-shaped pool that works with existing landscape features, and you want custom tile or pebble surface, a gunite pool may be the better option. You get exactly what you want in a pool, down to the last detail.
4. What extra features do you want?
Inground pools come with more options than ever. Some are built into fiberglass pools, while other features can be added after installation, or as part of your concrete pool installation. Some of these options include:
- A tanning ledge
- A splash pad
- A pool waterfall (or more than one)
- A diving rock
- Pool slide
- Beach entry
- Pool lighting
- And more
Decide which features are must-haves, and which ones would be nice, but aren’t absolutely necessary. You may decide you would like to spend more money on pool landscaping to get the perfect pool paradise.
By asking yourself these questions, and discussing them with your loved ones, you’ll figure out what size, shape, and style of an inground pool are best for you. Then start figuring out which pool contractor you’re going to work with. Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations, and start getting quotes.
You’ll be enjoying your new inground swimming pool in no time!
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
When it comes to inground pool installation, the team at Woodfield has the experience you need to deliver a pool paradise you’ll love for years to come. Whether you decide to go with fiberglass or gunite, big or small, freeform or rectangular, we take your ideas and turn them into reality.
We work with discerning homeowners throughout central Maryland, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County. Schedule a consultation by filling out the contact form, or call 443-299-6500.