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Swimming Pool Shapes - What's right for your family?

Posted by Larry Rogers on Thu, May 8, 2014

 Pool Shapes

 Once you’ve decided to add a pool to your backyard and have gotten an idea of what type of pool financing is available to you, you’ll be ready to get started on your design. It’s important you know what financing options you have prior to the design phase so you know what your available budget is.

 A lot of thought should go into your pool shape and style. There are several factors that will play a part in determining that shape. Function is a big factor. It’s important to know what you want to be able to use the pool for and to consider all the users. Will it be a family oriented pool that will incorporate a diving board, slide, grotto or other features your kids may enjoy? Or, maybe the pools primary function is to provide an oasis from the Arkansas heat, someplace to unwind from a busy week where every feature revolves around escape and relaxation. If that’s the case you may want to be able to incorporate features like a shallow tanning reef, swim up bar, or a relaxing water feature. If you want to extend the use of your pool into the cooler months, spas, firepits, or outdoor kitchens may also need to be incorporated into the design.

 In addition to function, your available yard space also needs to be taken into consideration. You may need a strategic pool design to make the most of a small or oddly shaped yard, or perhaps you have more space than you literally know what to do with. Both are scenarios that our experienced designers and pool builders at Parrot Bay Pools knows how to deal with.

So what are the pool shapes that are available? They basically fall into two categories, Geometric and freeform.

Rectangular or Geometric Pools

Geometric Pools 2

 Rectangular pools, in addition to dating back to ancient times were also the earliest style of residential swimming pools in the homes of the rich and famous. Rectangular pools can be the perfect complement to both classic and modern homes.

 Sleek, clean edges give some geometric pools a modern look while a simple rectangular pool with a radius at each end and symmetrical curves in the corner have a more classic feel. Both pools are more formal. Infinity edge pools also tend to be more geometric. Most have a straight or bowed edge. These pools are commonly seen in yards with views that overlook water or other expansive scenery. L-Shaped and Lazy L-Shaped are two other popular pool shapes would also fall under rectangular or geometric.

Naturalistic or Freeform Pools

Freeform Pools

 In contrast with geometric pools, freeform pools are made up soft curves. These concrete (gunite) pools can be built in an infinite amount of pool shapes. Contemporary freeform pools often have natural rock or waterfall features that are designed to resemble a natural lake, lagoon or oasis. They are usually surrounded by lush landscaping and blend seamlessly with the rest of the yard.

 These pools can be built into almost any yard including those that are oddly shaped, have limited space or a sloping landscape. These gunite pools can be built with a wide range of features including:

  • Beach entry or built in steps

  • Deeper areas for diving pools

  • Built in seating

  • Built in tables or bar areas

  • Tanning reefs

  • Waterfalls, fountains and bubblers

  • Spas

  • Grottos

  • and may other custom options


 If your still not sure which pool shape and style are a perfect fit for you and your yard call our designers (501) 664-6861. After we review your yard and know what you are looking for in a pool we can show you a 3D video presentation of what the design will look like in your back yard.

While your still trying to gather ideas be sure and take a look at our Pinterest account. We recommend that you start a pool building inspiration board and keep track of all your favorite features and designs. 

Tags: Swimming Pool Shapes, Geometric Pools, Freeform Pools, Pool Builder, Gunite Pools, Concrete Pools, Custom Swimming Pools

Measuring Cost of Swimming Pool Ownership

Posted by Larry Rogers on Tue, Oct 8, 2013

We have constructed many pool projects that cost around 35K and some 70K.  Believe it or not, the 35K project may have a higher "cost of ownership" vs. a 70K project. Let me explain.  Many clients just want a pool in their backyard.  Open it up in May and close it down at the end of September.  Five months of fun and then winterize and cover it up until next year.  No more going out to the poolscape and taken in the scenery.  

Some clients who wish to have a spa combined with their pool project, continue to use their poolscape to enjoy the thermal water of the spa all year round, and more often than not, end up with a firepit to take the chill off in the cooler weather.  All new pools today have freeze protection built in, so if you choose not to winterize you are protected from pipe freeze up.  So let's break this down in terms of monies invested.  If you use your spa twice a week during the "off" season, continue to enjoy the backyard living space for the next seven months before it gets warm enough to go swimming, how much is that 70K project really costing you in terms of ownership. Less than the 35K in terms of "usage and enjoyment".  

Ex.  Over a five year period (60 months) and usage is for five months out of the year for five years, then 25 Months divided into 35K = 1400 / year cost of ownership.  Same peroid, 60 Months divided into 70K =1,166 / year cost of ownership.  You can see how this plays out in your backyard project.  You don't always have to bear the cost of owning a spa either, you can add water features, firepits, even a small cook center to enjoy the outdoor living space at a small cost to your overall project.  These add ons will allow the family to continue going outside to enjoy their investment once the cooler weather arrives.  It just needs to be planned / designed on the front end of your pool project so everything looks custom to the project and not "piece milled" or "backed in".  

Planning and designing pool projects for Arkansas weather conditions takes experience and better yet, having an understanding of how our clients really live their lives.  This is a balancing formula that allows Parrot Bay Pools to design your backyard oasis in a manner consistent with your lifestyle and budget.  This 3D video below is an example of a backyard project we designed which illustrates year round features, and lowers their cost of ownership as it allows year round enjoyment.   



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