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cost & designs

Determining the size and shape of your pool or lagoon

Determining the size and shape of your pool is crucial, considering factors such as cost and available space. However, your personal preferences and intended usage of the pool are the most vital considerations. To accurately assess the suitable pool size for your property, it is recommended to measure the available space with a tape measure. Our expert designers utilize high-quality aerial imagery to verify that the proposed pool dimensions align with your space.

The Survey is a critical part of choosing the correct

pool or lagoon size and shape

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When it comes to price quotes for swimming pools, we often receive premature requests from clients looking to compare prices. However, it's important to understand that the cost of a swimming pool is determined by a multitude of factors. Factors such as the location, construction type, site condition, access, and pool size and shape all play a significant role in determining the final cost.


For instance, irregularly shaped pools often require more wall surface compared to pools with straight lines. Simple designs like kidney or teardrop shapes may cost less due to their rounded corners and inside curves resulting in less actual perimeter feet. When obtaining cost estimates, it's crucial to ensure that the actual perimeter, maximum dimensions, and square footage of the pool are specified.


While many pool builders offer standard shapes as part of their available models, customization beyond these standards can significantly impact the price. Modifying a standard design shape may incur minimal additional costs, but opting for a completely unique freeform design will likely raise the price considerably. Therefore, it's important for clients to consider these factors before seeking price quotes.

When determining the construction costs for a pool, a practical approach is to calculate the area by multiplying the length and width, and then multiplying that by $180. This method provides a good estimate of the potential costs involved. However, it's important to note that the final expenses may exceed this initial calculation.

popular pool shapes

When selecting a swimming pool shape, there are several popular options to consider. These include circles, rectangles, teardrops, kidneys, L-shapes, and freeform designs. Each shape offers its unique benefits, and your personal style, preferences, and available space will play a crucial role in determining the most suitable option for you.


For instance, the circular shape is well-suited for small yards and can be adapted for both shallow wading pools and deeper diving pools.


Meanwhile, the rectangular shape is ideal for those interested in competitive swimming and can be customized in various styles and materials.


Teardrop and oval shapes are great for seamlessly integrating into most gardens,


The kidney shape is a popular choice due to its adaptable curves and versatility with different styles.


L-shaped pools can easily fit into corners or around house projections, providing distinct areas for diving and swimming.


Lastly, freeform pools are perfect for irregular areas or crowded yards, as their customizable shape allows them to be tailored to fit any space.

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resale value

When considering installing a pool, it's crucial to factor in the potential impact on the property's resale value. It's essential to acknowledge that potential buyers may not be drawn to irregularly shaped pools. Generally, popular pool designs such as standard rectangles, kidneys, teardrops, wedges, and L-shapes tend to appeal to a broader range of buyers. However, if opting for a freeform or custom shape, it's vital to ensure that it complements the house and landscape design and meets your family's needs. For instance, the new LagoonScapes Sand Lagoons offer a premium upgrade to the landscape and can impress potential buyers. While well-designed landscapes can add value to the property, most idiosyncratic features may deter potential buyers. Additionally, it's advisable to avoid installing a pool that is smaller than 400 square feet or larger than 800 square feet, as overly small or large pools can pose challenges when selling the property.

personal preferences

When planning your pool, it's crucial to integrate it seamlessly into your overall landscape design, house, and land contours. If you're unsure where to begin, our expert designers can help you determine the best pool shape, size, and location for your property.


Before deciding on the shape and position of your pool, it's important to consider its intended uses, both now and in the future. Will it primarily be a relaxation spot for adults, a play area for children, or a training ground for competitive swimmers and divers? If the pool will be used mainly by small children, a broad shallow area is essential. However, it's also crucial to consider future needs, as children quickly outgrow pools designed solely for shallow-end activities or with special wading areas.


Of all the dimensions, the depth of your pool requires the most consideration. While three feet is the minimum recommended depth, even non-swimmers prefer depths of 3.5 to 5 feet. Racing and turning necessitate a depth of 3.5 feet, while divers require unobstructed depths of 8.5 to 9+ feet.

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