In the United States, 36% of children swim at least six times a year. 

Swimming is the fifth most popular activity in the US when you account for the number of adults who swim on a regular basis. If you’re ready to get a pool, there are some things you need to know about pool sizes and placement.

Let’s break down what you need to know to have the best pool for your home and family.

Pools in Texas

The first thing you should know about having a pool in Texas is that there are some regulations that will limit where you can put your pool. These regulations aren’t unreasonable, but before choosing a pool for your yard, you should do some research.

You’ll need to have a fence around the pool to keep out children and animals. The fence has to be at least 48 inches tall, and it can’t be chainlink or other climbable materials. These measures are designed to make the pool safer for everyone.

As far as placement goes, a pool can’t be up against a house. You’ll need to make sure that there is room around the pool for the fence. You must also make sure that the pool doesn’t sit on the property line with a general rule of five feet separation required.

For permit requirements and other regulatory issues, seek guidance from your local municipality. If you’re looking for a custom pool in the Waller County, TX area, Sahara Construction and Custom Pools can help you. We offer free consultations.

The Size of Your Pool

Custom pools come in various shapes and sizes, so which one is right for your home? The answer to that question will depend on what you intend to use your pool for. You also have to take into account how much space you have available that can get devoted to a pool.

A general rule of thumb is that any pool which is under 12×14 feet will not be suitable for swimming. If you want a pool for swimming, you need to go bigger. The more people that you intend to have in the pool, the larger you’ll want it to be.

Smaller pools have a place in many backyards. They can be places of quiet reflection or a spot to soak up the sun without worrying about people watching. Some ideas in this category would be infinity pools and other space-conscious designs. Not every yard has room for a full-sized pool.

The most common sizes for inground pools are 10×20, 15×30, and 20×40 feet. The smaller pool might be perfect for a smaller family that doesn’t plan to have a lot of guests. It will become crowded quickly for a family of four or five, who will need to consider a larger pool.

The depth of a pool is down to personal choice, but the average depth of an inground pool is around 5.5 feet. This will give any swimmer enough room to become fully engaged. If you want to jump or dive into the pool, you’ll need to have it be deeper to accommodate this.

With a custom pool, make sure that you are getting the square footage that you want. The irregular size and shape of these pools mean that you have to be mindful of what you’re getting. A custom pool doesn’t have a standard size. They can be whatever you want them to be. 

Pool Placement

The choice of placement will get determined by several factors. One is the regulations and municipal ordinances that you must follow. Once those are satisfied, there are many pool shapes and other options that come into play.

If possible, you can have a pool building constructed in your backyard. This is a great solution because it prevents debris and other contamination from getting into the pool. This is also why you don’t want to place a pool too close to trees because they tend to get the pool dirty.

If you intend to use the pool in the spring or fall, make sure that it is in a position where it will catch plenty of sunlight. You should also consider placing it in an area that is protected against the full force of the wind. This will make using the pool a more enjoyable experience.

A critical part of pool placement is the look or aesthetic you want to capture. A pool can be a beautiful addition to any home, but it is easy for a pool to look out of place. Consider the possibility of landscaping near where you want to place the pool.

When it comes to custom pools, where you place the pool matters even more. Since a custom pool can have an irregular shape, it should be used to accentuate the home or be a centerpiece. A beautiful, well-placed pool can help to increase the value of a home.

Bringing It All Together

The best placement for a pool is when it comes together to create a beautiful oasis in your backyard. The pool sizes you consider, the shape, and the placement are all vital components to bringing your backyard together around the pool.

Pools create a space where you can beat the heat while enjoying time outdoors. You can host guests and have parties with a special flare and without the sun making everyone miserable. With a little bit of ingenuity and the right pool builder, you’ll have an irreplaceable addition to your home.

Pool Sizes and Placement for You

Now that you know the standard pool sizes and placement considerations, the next step is speaking to a pool builder. No matter where you live in Waller County, whether it’s in Katy or Richmond, Sahara Construction and Custom Pools is here to make your dream a reality.

If you have any questions or concerns or want to know what is possible with your yard, we can help. We have years of experience building custom pools in your area and want to build your pool. 

If you’re ready or have any questions, contact us.