Designing Swimming Pools...

WEBPAGE INSTRUCTIONS:

This page provides you with many different swimming pool shapes. If these don’t suit your fancy, then let us know and we can develop a custom shape that is exactly what you are looking for…

Starting the design process…

The best place to start when entertaining the idea of a new swimming pool or spa is to start with a “Plot Plan” or “Parcel Map“.

This will provide us with all the property line dimensions, and typically other County / City recorded information that may pertain to certain building restrictions. It will also indicate the Accessory’s Parcel Number (APN#) for your lot. This is important, in order for officials to identify your property correctly, in addition to the physical address.

Sample Plot Plan…

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Sample Plot Plan Plan

WHY DO YOU NEED A PLOT PLAN…?

This type of existing information can identify things like, Public Utility Easements and Building Set-Back distances from Water Wells, expansion areas for Septic Systems and other property development restriction specifics.

The reason for seeking this information in the beginning of the design process, is so that we can make sure that the placement of the swimming pool isn’t in conflict with future critiques.

Additionally, County / City Planning and Building Departments mandate that we show this type of existing information in relationship to the newly proposed site development on the Permit Submission Plans, in order to be assured that we are aware of any restrictions and that there aren’t any conflicts.

In some cases, Designers fail to apply the due diligence in getting this part right, and this is one of the reasons why it can take so long for plans to become approved.

So…in wanting to make you the beneficiary of our past experience, that can make the process go as smoothly as possible during the future reviewing process, we try to start with a good template in the beginning.

This is just one key to successfully accomplishing a well thought-out design and an executable plan for action.

If you are not able to find a copy of the Plot Plan, please let us know and we can request it from the official agency but, this process can sometimes be slower than expected with some of the County / City budget restrictions.

Step two…

From the official property information the next place to progress, when entertaining the idea of a new swimming pool or spa,…is to select a pool shape that suits your family’s usage.

Selecting a shape…

Generally speaking swimming pools involve either “Free Form” shapes or “Angular / Linear” shapes. Some pool designs will incorporate both, such as a Roman / Greco style design shapes but, usually they will be one or the other.

Roman / Greco Shape

Roman / Greco Shape...

Pool Sizing…

From there…the dimensions can be figured out and the shape can placed in the space that is available in your backyard.

Angular / Linear Shapes…

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Sample Plot Plan Plan

Freeform Shapes…

Don’t worry about the dimensions initially, as the space available will generally represent what will fit into the proportion of the other outdoor living environment usages i.e.; BBQ Cook Center, Shade Cover, Gazebo, etc..

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Preliminary Concept Pool Plan

Swimming Pool Bottom Contours

After deciding upon a shape that works for your yard, the pool’s bottom contours can involve several considerations;

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Swimming Pool Shapes…

We think of the swimming pools as being only one of several “Outdoor Living Environment” functions and making the pool dimensionally proportioned is a key to developing a space ratio that allows for the backyard’s other usages.

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourselves with some of the many possibilities in creating swimming pool shapes, by clicking HERE