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Choosing the Pool Shape to Fit Your Needs and Aesthetic

Choosing a pool shape might be as simple as going for a rectangular or oval-shaped pool, but did you know there are other options as well? Knowing the different options can help you decide what is going to fit your needs and the aesthetic of your home. Building a custom pool is a long process and also quite expensive. With a commitment like that, it’s important to review your options before finalizing the design. No one wants to commit to something they don’t truly love, so why do it with your pool?

Backyard Oasis

One of the first pools to be built in a residential setting was back in 1895. This pool was built for the Vanderbilt estate, in North Carolina. It wasn’t until 1910 that other wealthy families started building their backyard oasis for themselves. Fast forward to 2024, backyard pools have been seen more commonly. With roughly one pool for every 31 people making that about 8% of homes in the US. Across the millions of pools, there are endless design options to choose from. Here are a few popular options you might consider.

The Perfect Pool to Fit Your Needs


It is not the most creative pool style, but the most common. This simple build design can help with cost, making this a great option if you are looking for function more than aesthetics. Rectangle pools are great for all types of usage from lounging around, to lap swimming and exercise.


An oval pool is very similar to a rectangular pool with the only difference being the rounded edges. Because of these rounded edges, it is more expensive to build. This design is great if you are looking for a more upscale look in your backyard but want the open functionality of the design, to allow you to do anything you want.


Another popular pool design is a kidney pool. These pools have a bean-like shape, one that closely resembles a kidney. With rounded edges, you can expect this design to be more expensive than a rectangular pool. Kidney pools are great for smaller spaces since they can adapt to the shape of your backyard.


If you’re dealing with a space that is awkward in size, or if the normal pool shapes aren’t cutting it for you, a freeform pool may be your go-to. A freeform pool gives you complete freedom of the design. This design style is great if you want something unique and customizable for your space. A freeform pool can vary in price depending on the features you might want to add and the intricate designs.


A Grecian pool or a pool that resembles Greek architecture, is a great option if you are looking for a simple pool with an elevated twist. A Grecian pool is a rectangular shape with diagonal corners making it more of an octagon. Grecian pools are more affordable than rounded pools, making this ideal for someone looking for a basic pool shape that has more character.


Like a Grecian pool, a Roman pool shape is a rectangular shape with two semi-circles on either side. Within the semi-circles would be rounded steps to maximize the swimming space in the pool. The price of this style can vary depending on the size and materials used. A Roman pool would be great for someone looking for a functional pool with a higher level of design/style.

Going to the professionals.

Once you have an idea of what kind of pool styles you like, it’s time to go to the professionals. Companies such as Alpha Pools USA have experience with building custom pools and can help guide you in choosing the perfect pool for you and to fit your space. We can take your dreams and make them a reality.

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