A kid in a pool underwater; children are one factor in choosing large vs small pools

One of the many decisions you will make when designing your own custom pool is how large you want your pool to be. Small pools give you more patio space and may allow you to add more features, whereas large pools are best for entertaining or if you have a large family. As with any other choice, it can be very helpful to discuss your options with a professional. However, you may want to have a basic idea of your preferences before you begin planning.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine the best pool size for you:

How Big is Your Backyard?

The size of your backyard can be a limiting factor in determining how big your new swimming pool can be. Keep in mind that you will need space not only for the pool itself but also for the deck and any outdoor living areas you wish to incorporate. Your pool company can help you determine what size is reasonable. You should be aware that a very small backyard can be more difficult to build in, so this can affect the feasibility of your project and the final estimate. If you have any questions or concerns about your backyard size, it’s a good idea to discuss this early on with your contractor.

How Many People Will Typically Use Your Pool?

One of the major factors that will help you determine the best size for your in-ground pool is how many people will typically use it. To start, consider how many people live in your household. Then, think about anyone who would visit frequently, such as grandkids. Finally, consider whether or not you often host parties and how many guests you usually invite. It’s important to remember that not everyone will be swimming at one time at large gatherings, so you should save enough space for your guests to lounge poolside.

A well-built pool should last for many years to come. As a result, you should take some time to consider not only who will use your pool now, but also who will use your pool in the future. For example, do you plan to grow your family, or do you have young children that will soon be swimming and inviting their friends over? If your children are no longer staying with you, are grandkids a possibility in the future?

How Do You Want to Use Your Pool?

Imagine the perfect day with your dream pool. What do you picture? This mental image can help you get a good idea of how large your pool should be. If you imagine sitting in a lounge chair and dipping your toes in the water, a small pool with a luxurious outdoor living area might be best. If you see yourself swimming laps or playing in the pool with your family, a larger swimming area could be better for you.

The Value of a Pool

It’s important to keep in mind that your pool is an investment that you should be able to enjoy for a long time. Working with a professional designer and taking the time to consider exactly what you want can help ensure you love the final results.

Choosing the Best Pool Builder

At Pools by Design, we have the expertise to turn your dream pool into a reality. We consider every aspect of the design, including large-scale decisions such as pool size and down to the smallest details.

To discuss whether a large or small pool is best for you, contact us today.