Freeform or rectangular pools? Which is for you?

One of the more interesting questions that prospective pool owners will need to ask themselves during the design process is what shape they want their pool to be.

Objectively speaking, there isn’t really a right OR wrong answer – at least insofar as which will fit your yard from a design standpoint. However, there MAY be one with regards to your vision for the space. Today, we’re going to break down the two biggest benefits of both design forms so you walk away with a better idea of what might work best for you. Let’s jump right in!

Freeform pools

The biggest benefit with a freeform pool is that it’ll give you more of a natural look and feel. Look anywhere in nature and you’ll see countless rounded and imperfect edges all over. Now keeping this in mind – if you’re in more of a country setting or a place where there’s significantly more vegetation and platlife surrounding your pool – this could really work; allowing you to create a space where the water feels free-flowing and natural. 

Additionally, free form can really make a design statement. It’s not to say rectangular pools aren’t gorgeous in their own right, but curvy, wiggly edges of freeform pools can really help set a mood in ways that rectangular pools can’t. So if it’s the vibe you’re going for – freeform pool designs may be for you.

Rectangular pools

We’re big design advocates of rectangular pools in more modern spaces as it gives the space a cleaner, more modern feel. Everyone when they imagine a pool in their backyard – imagines that classic blue rectangle with intricate landscaping all around it. Those well-defined, solid lines help give your pool a sense of space and polish – and dare we say, luxury. 

Additionally, swimming pools are better for add-ons and accessories. For many, a pool is a work in progress -and not always a finished product once the shovels are out of the ground. Adding in things like slide, diving boards, automatic covers, slides and other additions – works better with the well-defined structure of a rectangular pool. 

When it comes down to it – we usually encourage people to make their decision on the basis of what’s most important to them – swimming area or aesthetic appeal. That freeform pool might look great, but you’re sacrificing swimming area. Rectangular pools – while great for swimming, will leave less space around it for other things that might be a driving force in your design vision. 

Either way, when you’re ready to take the plunge, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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