Pool Size and Depth

The size and depth of the pool you select should be based on how you want to use the pool. If you just want to get in a cool off then a smaller pool will be sufficient. If you like to entertain large groups of people or want to be able to swim laps then you will need a larger pool.

The term Play Pool refers not to the size of the pool but the depth of the pool. A typical Play Pool is 3’ in the shallow end and 5’ in the deepest part of the pool. A Diving Pool will be 8’ to 10’ deep in the deepest end. Pools are measure by perimeter and surface area. For example: A small pool would be 15’ x 25’ would have a perimeter of 80 ft, a surface area of 375 sq ft and approximately 8,000 gallons based on 3’x4’x5’ depth.

Pool Shapes

When designing your backyard it is important to consider the shape of the pool. The shape of the pool will set the entire design of the area. Here are the basic shapes but don’t be afraid to mix designs together to come up with a unique shape.

Straight Line

Also known as Geometric, this pool shape utilizes straight lines and/or geometric curves. This doesn’t have to be your basic rectangle but can have multiple angles and curves to create a timeless design that will look great 10 years later. One popular style that utilizes this type of shape are Grecian or Roman designs inspired by Old World Europe.

Free Form

Free form swimming pools use curves and flowing lines to mimic nature. This shape looks amazing with the addition of natural rock boulders, grottos and waterfall features. If you are looking for a tropical paradise then this is the shape for you.

Negative Edge

An infinity edge pool, also called negative edge, zero edge, infinity pool, disappearing edge, or vanishing edge pool, is a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity.”

Wet Edge

A wet edge swimming pool incorporates the negative-edge look but differs in that the design allows water to spill over all four sides. Like the negative edge design, the water that flows over the sides of a perimeter-overflow pool is collected in a hidden catch basin and recirculated. This look gives the illusion that the water is level with the deck.

Decking Types

The two most popular decking options are concrete or pavers. Concrete can be coated with a texture such as Acrylic Lace, Kool Deck, stamped, acid wash or many other options. Concrete decking will be poured and then the finish applied. Over time these process can chip or will need to be painted.

decking types

Acrylic Lace or Kool Decking

Concrete Stamping

Pavers have become the most desirable because of the beauty, longevity and they are maintenance free. Pavers come in brick pavers, concrete artistic pavers and tumbled travertine. They come in a range of colors, shapes and patterns. Brick pavers are not recommended around pool areas because they hold the heat from the sun and are very hot. We recommend only using them for walkways. Concrete Artistic Pavers are a manmade concrete product that resemble travertine. Tumbled Travertine Pavers are imported from Afghanistan or Turkey and are beautiful. Nothing makes a statement like the natural beauty of a tumbled travertine deck.

Tumbled Travertine Pavers

Concrete Artistic Pavers

Tumbled Brick Pavers with Travertine Coping

Alumawood Shade Structures

Whether you’re attaching a shaded area to your home, or building a freestanding private retreat, an Alumawood® Shade Structure has the design flexibility needed to make your vision a reality.

With the embossed surface of an Alumawood® Shade Structure, you’ll enjoy the beauty of a richly textured wood grain finish — with a fraction of the maintenance and upkeep. Unlike wood, Alumawood® Shade Structures won’t crack, peel, warp, or rot. They’re also termite-proof, won’t burn, and never need painting.

Alumawood® Shade Structures offer two distinct product lines that allow you to find the balance of style and comfort that is right for you.

Laguna Lattice lends an air of sophistication and charm to your home’s exterior, and helps you reduce your exposure to the sun by 40-60% without screening out refreshing breezes.

Alumawood shade structure gives you:

  • Heavy header-beam construction
  • Richly textured wood finish
  • Seven popular designer colors
  • Durable Aluma-ShieldSM paint system with TEFLON® for long-term gloss retention
  • Fasteners in matching colors
  • Recessed lighting system option by LightStrip®
  • Four style options for beam and rafter end cuts
  • Patented Gutter Guard system to prevent debris build up in your structure’s gutters

teflonAluma-ShieldSM paint system with TEFLON® surface protector repels dust, dirt, oil, and stains, making it easier than ever to keep your structure looking pristine and new. It also greatly reduces corrosion from the sun, salt, pollution, and the elements. With an Alumawood® Shade Structure, you get the best of both worlds: the beauty of wood and the convenience of a highly durable, low-maintenance aluminum surface.