If you are considering putting in a swimming pool, you have lots of decisions to make.
What kind of swimming pool will you want? What will the primary function of the swimming
pool be? Will the kids be playing volleyball all summer long? Will you want to swim laps?
Are you short on space? Your new swimming pool can be built to any size or shape or style
that you (and your budget) can imagine! Here are eight types of in ground swimming pools
to help you narrow down your choices.
Play pool
A play pool typically is no deeper than five feet. Play pools generally are built for
cooling off and relaxing in, playing volleyball, other water sports, as well as for swimming laps.
Diving Pool
Diving pools are generally about 2.5 meters deep with a diving board or platform.
Free form Pool
A free form pool is a lagoon style pool or naturalistic pool. It usually has have rock
features and is built to mimic a oasis. Free form pools have been popular  many years.
Geometric Pool
Geometric pools usually have very straight lines or or a consistent radius and are typically
more traditional looking. There seems to be a shift back to the geometric pool. A geometric pool can be more formal and upscale looking.
Lap Pool
Lap pools pools are typically narrow and long, usually over 50’, to facilitate exercise and
swimming for health and fitness.
Negative Edge Pool
Negative edge pools are getting more common and require an expert to build. They are also
referred to as infinity swimming pools or infinity edge pools. These are designed to look
like the pool extends all the way out to the horizon. The mechanics and engineering of
infinity pools cannot be compromised.
The word spool is a combination of a spa and a pool. Spools are typically over sized spas
somewhere around 4m X 5m’. Unfortunately, due to construction issues, spools are not
necessarily less expensive than an average swimming pool. They might be easier to maintain
due to the smaller size, and a spool certainly might be an option for someone with a very
small yard.
Perimeter Overflow Pool
This would be a pool where the water level in the pool is the same as the top of the decking. Around the pool perimeter is a channel or notch that the water drains into creating a visual
masterpiece. It looks like a big mirror lying on the ground. Very upscale!
Many of these styles can be combined with terrific results.