Swimming Pool Design

How To Choose A Swimming Pool Design That Compliments Your Home And Lifestyle

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Swimming pools can be a fantastic addition to any home, but it's important to think carefully about your lifestyle and how you plan to use your pool before you dive in. After all, different pool designs and shapes are better suited for different purposes.

Establish your budget to invest in a pool

When planning to build a pool, it's also essential to think about your budget. Pool prices vary depending on the size, design, and materials used, as well as the location of your home. In the US, for example, the average price per square foot of a pool ranges from $50 to $125, while in the UK, the average cost is around £45-£65 per square foot. In Canada, prices range from CAD $50 to $100 per square foot, and in Australia, the cost can vary from AUD $50 to $150 per square foot.

4 factors to consider when designing your pool

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right pool for you and your family’s needs. Here are most significant elements that impact the swimming experience:

1.  The shape of the pool

Shape isn’t always about aesthetic - different pool designs actually serve different purposes.

1. Oval

Oval pools are a great choice for those who want a more rounded, softer look than a rectangular pool. They provide a good amount of swimming space and are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal. Oval pools can also be a good choice if you want to add a spa or other water features, as they allow for more space.

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2. Kidney

These pools are a great choice for those who want a natural, organic shape that blends well with the landscape. They provide a more relaxed atmosphere and are ideal for socializing and relaxing. Kidney-shaped pools are also perfect for those who have a smaller backyard, as they can be customized to fit almost any size.

                                                                                                        Photo by Ferdinand Asakome 

3. Rectangle

This is one of the most popular pool shapes, especially for those who plan to use their pool for exercise or laps. Rectangular pools are typically long and narrow, and they provide a straight swimming path. They are also great for playing games, such as volleyball, because of their even shape.

                                                                                                                        Photo by Toa Heftiba 

4. L-Shaped

These pools are a combination of rectangular and kidney-shaped pools. They are perfect for those who want a pool that provides a lot of space for swimming and socializing, but also want a unique shape. L-shaped pools can also be great for those who want to incorporate a spa or other water features.

                                                                                  Image source: royalswimmingpools.com

5. Freeform

These pools are designed to mimic natural bodies of water, such as lakes and ponds. They can be customized to fit any backyard and are great for creating a natural, tropical feel. Freeform pools are perfect for those who want a more organic, natural look, but still want to enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool.

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2. Overall design

When it comes to the overall design of your pool, the possibilities are endless. You can choose from a variety of materials, finishes, and colors that match with your poolside landscaping to create a unique and stylish outdoor living space. You can also add features like waterfalls, fountains, and lighting to enhance the look and feel of your pool area.

3. Pool placement

The placement of your pool can have a significant impact on the usability and safety of the area, so consider the amount of sun, shade, and privacy you desire. 

A good amount of sunlight is essential for maintaining comfortable water temperatures, and it also helps prevent algae growth.

Additionally, it's important to consider the surrounding landscape and any obstacles that may hinder pool installation. Be sure to check local zoning and building codes to ensure your pool placement is compliant with regulations.

4. Pool depth

Pool depth is also essential, especially if you have young children or plan to use your pool for diving or other activities.

For those who plan to use their pool for swimming laps or diving, a deeper pool is necessary. However, for those who want a pool for socializing and recreational use or those who have young children, a shallower pool may be more suitable. Keep in mind that a deeper pool will also require more maintenance and higher costs for installation.

5. Safety

Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to pool placement and depth. Your pool should be installed on a level surface that is free of debris, rocks, and other obstacles that could cause injury. 

Don’t forget to install proper fencing and other safety features as necessary to comply with local safety regulations.


Building a pool is a significant investment, and it's important to carefully consider all the factors involved before making any decisions. By taking into account your lifestyle, budget, and design preferences, you can create a pool that meets your needs and enhances your home's value and appeal. At Archute.com, we're committed to bringing you the latest and greatest in home design and architectural trends, so stay tuned for more informative articles and inspiration.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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