July 1st 2019
Stunning Rectangular Pool Designs
- What Shape Is Your Swimming Pool? -When it comes to pool design and choosing a shape, sometimes simple is the best solution. A rectangular, rectilinear, or geometric-shaped pool will be easier to build, give you maximum room for swimming—especially laps—and complements most homes’ architectural styles.The available outdoor space in which you have to work is a major determining factor in deciding on a pool shape. So is location—think about the placement of the pool and if it will be easily accessible via the house. Other considerations involving planning and logistics:
- Will it be located near your neighbor’s wall? If so, do you need to create privacy?
- Will large construction equipment be able to access the space without tearing down walls (including your neighbor’s)?
- Is there a power line overhead? While it can be moved, this will add to the cost of your project.
- Most cities have safety codes. Your pool builder should check and know this, as codes can affect the size and shape of a pool.
- Materials: some types of stone and tile work better applied to geometric forms rather than freeform or curving.
- Ideally, a pool should have a southwest exposure to allow the maximum amount of sunlight. Think about this when choosing a location.Why Simple Shapes WorkWhile a smaller version of the local water theme park may be on the drawing board, simpler pool shapes will blend better with a landscape and boost the appeal of your home. Simple geometrics and rectangles can enhance your property’s landscaping.Plan the pool size and shape with your contractor before digging further into a project. In the following examples discover just how versatile something as basic as a rectangle can be. Many of the pools featured are award winners, including the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) annual Awards of Excellence.
- Rectangular Shaped Pools-A still pool at night that is as beautiful to look at as it is to actually swim in. As a source of exercise, the long, straight lines of a rectilinear pool make sense for pool owners who want to swim laps. Traditionally, reflection pools are rectilinear in shape.
- The First Pools in Southern California-Not counting the ancient pools of a few select kings and rulers in places like Babylon and Rome, the history of residential swimming pools pretty much began in Southern California. Starting in the mid-1930s, newsreels and magazine photos of movie stars posing by their swimming pools sparked a trend, which became more popular during the post-World War II housing boom. By 1947, there were 11,000 pools in the United States. The first private backyard swimming pools were rectangular in shape and did not have elaborate wood or flagstone decking or built-in water features. Silent film star Colleen Moore, who posed languidly on her carpeted diving board as she teasingly dipped a finger into her pool, was the quintessential flapper and style icon of the 1920s. Here, she represents everything then-glamorous about the Hollywood lifestyle.
- Geometric Beauty-Swimming pools come in all shapes, sizes, styles and designs. Some are used for specific purposes: lap pools for health and fitness, infinity pools to make a landscape architectural statement or take advantage of a breathtaking view, novelty pools to express the owner’s personality or interests, and naturalistic pools that blend in with the landscape. Designed by Southerwind Pools, this rectangular pool features an integrated spa that echoes the lines on a slightly elevated level.
- Pool With Pergolas-Materials were matched for all components of this project in Tenafly, New Jersey, which includes a pool, spa, decking, coping, and pergola. Designed by Tranquility Pools, other outdoor features include a fully equipped kitchen, custom fire pit, tennis court, basketball court, large patio, and a cabana.
- Infinity Pool Overlooking Park-like Setting -This infinity pool in Peachtree City, Georgia, looks like a smooth sheet of glass. Selective Designs likes to use a technique called “Water in Transit” for infinity overflow pools that are complemented with mood-enhancing features like landscape lighting and fire features.
- Pool in Big Backyard- A sprawling, terraced yard in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, features a classic rectangular-shaped pool that was built by Arrow Master Pools with a raised foundation to make it level with the terrace upon which it was constructed. Beautiful local stone that is stacked gives it an old world look, and the materials are repeated on the steps that flank both sides of the pool and the adjacent spa. A waterfall spills from the main pool into the spa for a dramatic effect.
Source: The Spruce
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