Congratulations on your decision to install a new inground pool. You and your family will enjoy it for years to come. But there are a lot of decisions to make regarding inground pools. Your needs and your budget will help determine if you get a fiberglass pool or a concrete pool. But how do you decide what size inground pool is best for you?
It’s sort of a Goldilocks situation. You don’t want it to be too small. You don’t want it to be too big and hard to take care of. It needs to be just right. You need to make a good decision. Afterall once it’s in the ground, you can’t shrink it or make it bigger, or change the shape of your inground pool at least not without laying down some big bucks.
Questions to Ask Yourself To Determine What Size Inground Pool Is Best For You
To determine what size your inground pool should be, it will be helpful to ask yourself some more questions. These include:
Who Will Use Your Inground Pool the Most?
You and your kids, most likely. You want it big enough for pool parties, but no child has ever boycotted swimming in a pool because “it isn’t big enough.”
Does Anyone Plan to Swim Laps?
If the answer to this is yes, we suggest a rectangular pool at least 30 ft. long.
How Big Do You Want Your Inground Pool Area to Be?
Do you plan on extending your patio to your pool area? Are you looking to create a total outdoor living space around your pool? The size of your pool may then be contingent on everything else you want around it.
Will You Use Your Pool Area for Entertaining? How Often?
This may sound like a silly question, because most people host pool parties or summer parties out by the pool. But remember, it’s rare for more than 50% of your party attendees to be in the pool at any one time.
Is Your Family Size Going to Change in the Coming Years?
Are you planning on having more kids? Will you soon be empty nesters? Will you be hosting the grandkids? We know it may be hard to answer some of these questions, but it is helpful to think about them as you decide what size inground pool you need.
How Far From the House and Property Lines Does My Pool Need to Be?
Your local building codes will help answer this question. So will your answers to the questions about how big you want the pool deck and patio area to be, and how often you will be entertaining. Remember, if you have kids, you may not want the pool to take up the majority of your back yard. Leave room for kids to run and play.
These questions are a starting point when deciding what size inground pool is best for you. Your swimming pool builder will be able to make suggestions and recommendations based on your answers to some of these questions.