Rounded vs. Rectangular: Things to Consider When Deciding Pool Shape

Adding a pool to your home can be an exciting prospect! You have the option to work with a custom swimming pool builder in Chandler and to create the exact kind of pool you want. You don’t have to settle for whatever the previous homeowners chose, and you don’t have to try to remodel an existing pool. You can get your dream pool.

One of the most important considerations you will make is what shape your pool should be. Rounded and rectangular shapes are the most popular. Here are the things you should consider when deciding between the two:


How Big Do You Want It to Be?

Circular and rectangular pools take up space differently. A circular or rounded pool will take up a little less space in the landscape, but it won’t have as much space inside. All of those rounded edges take off a little more space – which can be good or bad depending on what you want.

Conversely, a rectangular pool takes up more space in the landscape because it fills out the entire shape. It will give you more space inside the pool, but it will also take up more space in your yard. You need to think about this balance when choosing your shape.

How Will It Fit with the Existing Landscape?

You may already have beautiful landscaping in your yard that you don’t want to destroy or relocate. You may want to fit the pool within the existing space. Because a rectangular pool tends to take up more space and has more rigid lines, it is likely that a rounded pool will serve you better.

However, if you have a relatively open yard without much landscaping, you can choose whatever shape you like and create the landscaping details around it. Even if you don’t have landscaping now, you should think about how your desired landscape design will also work with the shape of the pool.

How Will the Pool be Used?

Some people want a pool for lounging and fun swimming on hot days. Others want to use their pools for swimming laps and getting in a good workout. The way you intend to use your new pool will influence what shape you should choose for it.

Typically, a long, rectangular pool is based for laps since it lets you swim in a straight line. A rounded pool would be better for lounging and for recreational swims. These pools are usually smaller and do not have a straight path for swimming laps.

What Features Do You Want to Add?

The basic pool is just the start of your custom pool design. You can add many features, such as tanning ledges, fire pits, swim-up bars, waterfalls, and more. When you are working with a custom swimming pool builder and reviewing the options, you should consider how each of the features you think you want will work with a pool design.

For example, if you want to add a tanning ledge, you can put it on any shape pool, but it make take more time to install or be more expensive if you have an irregular shape. Or, if you want to add a natural feature like a waterfall, it might not look as good if you put it on a geometrical and rigid rectangular pool, rather than a rounded shape.
Talk to your pool designer about how the different features will interact with your pool shape.

Do You Want to Add a Cover?

A pool cover can make it easier to keep your pool clean and to maintain it. Any pool shape can have a cover, but some shapes are easier to cover. For example, a rectangular pool can have an automatic cover that makes it easier for you to add or remove it.

Talk with your pool designer in Chandler about the cover options for each shape you are considering.

How Big is Your Budget?

Some pool shapes are more complicated to design and install than others, and so they will cost more. A rounded shape is not necessarily more expensive than a rectangular one, and vice versa. The overall size of the pool and its other features contribute to the cost. Talk to your pool builder about how the shape will influence your budget.

What Style Do You Like?

Of course, one of the most important considerations for any pool design is your own personal taste. Do you like the traditional, rectangular style for a pool? Or do you prefer the freedom that the rounded styles offer? Never discount your own preferences when designing your custom pool.

Talk through these and other issues with your custom pool designer to determine the right shape and the overall design for your pool. With the right planning and the right pool builder on your side, you’ll end up with a gorgeous pool that you’ll love and that will improve the value of your property.

True Blue Pools is ready to help you get the pool of your dreams. We specialize in custom designed pools in Chandler, and we can help you create your perfect pool from start to finish. In addition to new pool builds and custom pools, we also offer pool and spa remodeling and pool resurfacing to give older pools new life. Contact us in Chandler to talk to a custom swimming pool builder today!

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True Blue Pools
5235 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste 102
Tempe, AZ 85283
Office: 480-820-9495