As you plan out a new inground pool installation for your home, one of the first questions you’ll be asking yourself is how big your new pool should be. Inground pools can be specially created in just about any size you want, although there are some sizes which are common enough to be considered standard. Usually, inground pools are designed to be twice as long as they are wide – so you’re looking at 10 feet by 20 feet, or 20 feet by 40 feet, etc. The actual answer to the question “how big should my new inground pool be?” is “it depends.” Let’s look at considerations to make during the planning process.
The Purpose of the Pool
Consider carefully how you plan on using your pool. For homeowners looking for a place to lounge and take a casual dip every so often, a smaller pool will make a lot of sense. But homeowners that want to use their pool for exercise will likely need a larger pool to accommodate this. And if you want a diving board for your inground pool, local regulations or your homeowner’s insurance may dictate a minimum width for your pool size in order to have one. The pool will also need to be deeper as a result too. As a general rule of thumb, plan out your inground pool to be just large enough to accommodate your planned usage without wasting space.
The Pool’s Users
A family with children will have different sizing requirements for their pool than a pool that is only designed for use by adults. With kids, a shallow area for them to play in is a necessity! Consider your mobility options as well – steps on the shallow end and a ladder at the deep end will help with this. If you plan on a pool with variable depth, a slope will generally need more space. And don’t forget that your family’s requirements may change with time, so try to also consider the future when planning out the pool.
Consider Your Limitations
Every project has some limitations that need to be navigated in the design phase before construction begins. For new inground pool projects, these limitations boil down to three points:
- Space: The pool needs to fit in the backyard and still leave enough room for other activities.
- Cost: Nearly every family has a budget they need to work under, and this will dictate most, if not all, decisions surrounding the size of the pool.
- Time: It’s nice to have a larger pool, but it also takes longer to upkeep than it would to maintain a smaller pool. For homeowners planning to hire a pool service company, this may not be as limiting a factor, but it’s worth considering if you’re taking on your pool maintenance yourself.
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