Step 4 - Should we get a rectangle pool or a freeform shape?
This is a very common question. There are no right or wrong
answers but we often find that one or the other fits better for
a particular site, house and family as we progress through the
Here are some thoughts:
Freeform shape - the "natural" look
- People often choose freeform pools because they are more
"natural" looking. With the right budget, we can install
planting beds, custom rock waterfalls and other details that
help to make the project more "natural". On the other hand,
a slightly tighter budget often means fewer plantings and no
- In some cases, the setting helps us; as in a property
that is located in the woods with a lot of natural elements
nearby. A neighborhood lot often means that rather than
beautiful forests as a backdrop, we have other houses in our
- In our experience, the "natural" look that is being
sought after is not achieved by choosing a curved pool shape
but by combining natural surroundings, natural landscaping
and a curved pool shape that fits the space available.
Rectangle pool - the modern or traditional look
- Rectangular pools are more versatile than their freeform
counterparts. Rectangle pools are at home in a clean, simple
project, as well as a more traditional or formal style and
even more on modern or contemporary sites.
- Rectangular pools are slightly easier to clean and care
for and they are also more economical to install.
- They also tend to fit better into smaller lots.
Next, we will discuss the difference between vinyl and fiberglass pools.