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Don't be tempted to include a wading pool just because you have small children. They will quick outgrow it and take to the main pool with the rest of the family. You can build a separate wading pool that can later be converted into a garden pond, or install a platform, available commercially that converts spas into wading pools.
Serious swimmers, those who use the pool often for exercise, need a depth of at least 3-1/2 to 4 feet so they don't touch bottom while swimming and can safely negotiate tumble turns at the pool's ends.
If the pool will be a training center for competitive swimmers, make the length 75 feet. Then they can develop a style usable for competitive meets. Width is not critical some lap pools in side yards are just wide enough for one swimmer 10 feet.
Though the trend is to smaller pools these days, choose a pool that's large enough to accommodate your needs. Most experts agree that a pool measuring at least 16 by 32 feet is needed for a full range of play activities.
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A naturalistic pool is also usually simple in shape. But making it much a part of its environment usually requires the skill of a top landscape architect. A naturalistic pool is not easy to integrate into a residential lot, may require more maintenance if plants are used close to the pool and will probably be more expensive.
Unusual pool shapes are difficult to plan well because they compete with the other elements in your landscaping. But sometimes an unusual shape is the best, or only, choice. If your lot is small and wedge-shaped, for example, your pool will also have to be wedge-shaped to integrate a tree or other natural feature that's valuable to you, you may need to plan for a bend in one side of the pool.