A new pool can be a great choice for any family, as it can mean hours of relaxation and fun on the weekends and a good way to entertain friends and to keep the kids busy after school. A pool can also be used for swimming as a form of exercise, keeping you limber and keeping your lungs healthy and strong.
You have many options for pools today when it comes to their size and material, so whatever the size of your yard and whatever your budget, you're sure to find something that works for you. Before you talk to pool builders, however, note a few considerations to keep in mind so you know you choose the best pool type for your yard and know what to expect with the finished product.
Don't assume that the largest pool you can fit in your yard will be the best choice, as a large pool means more cost for water replacement and for chemicals needed to keep the water clean. You'll also need a larger filter and more powerful pump, both of which will be more costly, and your utility bills will be steeper when running a pump in a large pool.
Note, too, how a large pool would fit into your yard; you don't want it anywhere near overhead utility lines, and tree branches that are overhead can also mean more debris that falls into the pool, resulting in more work to keep the water clean. You also don't want a large in-ground pool to get in the way of tree roots or to block easy access to buried plumbing pipes and other such underground features. Keep these potential issues in mind before you decide that you want the largest pool you can afford or that will fit into your space.
Use of the pool
If you want a pool for the kids to play and for entertaining, a round shape is often best, as it creates something of a gathering spot for everyone, where everyone in the pool faces each other. You'll also want a deeper pool that allows kids to jump into the water, and to even swim underwater when playing.
However, if you want to swim for exercise, you'll want an oblong or rectangular pool with enough room from front to back to accommodate swimming. Your pool also won't need to be very deep, as you only need a few feet or meters of water for swimming on the water's surface.