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 design process.

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 rock work.
  • 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 view.
  • 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.
What's the difference between vinyl pools, fiberglass pools and concrete pools?

Most pool builders in our area build either vinyl OR fiberglass pools, creating an inherent bias in their recommendations. We install vinyl, fiberglass AND concrete, so we are positioned to recommend the best option for each client.

Vinyl pools are the most popular type of pool in this part of the country and have been for a long time. They are endlessly customizable, the least expensive to install and generally easy to care for. Vinyl liners last 8-12 years at a replacement cost of approximately $6,000. We recommend vinyl pools for the majority of our customers.

Fiberglass pools do not have liners that need to be replaced and they are available in many shapes and colors. Fiberglass pools cost $15,000 - $20,000 more than their vinyl counterparts. If you have a dog that like to swim, or if there is a specific shape that appeals to you, or if you're planning to move soon and wish to bring the pool with you (which can be expensive), we would recommend a fiberglass pool.

Concrete pools are commonly used for commercial projects, or extremely high-end residential pools. Features like vanishing edges and perimeter overflows are more readily available with concrete pools.


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