Best Inground Pool Size & Shape
Tips from Aqua Fun Swimming Pools & Spa’s
How do you know if you are choosing the right pool for your budget, needs and yard?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is the purpose of getting a pool?
- What is your budget?
- How much space do you have to build a pool?
Purpose for swimming pool?
Are you adding a pool to your backyard for the purpose of daily exercise? Or are you planning to entertain a large family and/or group of friends? Do you enjoy playing classic pool games with your family? If the purpose is exercise then a lap pool may work, those tend to be rectangular in size. You can opt for a sports pool which is great size and shape for an afternoon Volleyball game and tend to be shallow on each end and deeper in middle and can extend past a rectangle shape looking more like an “L”.
On the other hand if you are building your new dream inground pool mainly for entertainment purposes you may want a free-form or kidney shaped pool with a spill-over spa and tanning ledges. The choice is yours and together with our experienced designers and builders, you will have the pool of your dreams!
How much pool can you afford?
Depending on your budget, you have choices. The first place to start is looking at the price difference between a vinyl pool, fiberglass pool or gunite pool. With any of the three choices, there are always pool maintenance costs associated with it so you want to equate that into your choices as well. For example, Vinyl Pools do require vinyl pool liner replacements over time, and the fun thing about replacing the vinyl liner is that you can give your pool a make-over.
If you want to make your neighbors jealous, think about going with a gunite pool upgrading to a Pebble-Tec finish. Just like with anything, details matter and the details can increase the cost. For example, adding glass pool tiles may cost more than just adding standard pool tiles, but the reward is magical! Imagine these glass tiles glistening in the sun and reflecting off the water.
How is your Backyard Space?
Do you have a small space with a sloping backyard? If you do then that will affect the layout of your pool. There are creative ways to maximize even the smallest yard. If your backyard is a wide open space you have more choices in size and shape and our team at Aqua Fun work with preferred quality construction builder partners who can work in conjunction with us to make any backyard more functional and as beautiful as you want. With larger backyards you can add backyard kitchens and fireplaces to compliment the pool decking and theme.
Here are some different pool shape and size choices to consider:
Geometric Shapes – circles, ovals, rectangles, square
Free form, Kidney, Figure 8, Lazy L, Greek & Roman shaped pools
Exercise – lap pool, sport pool
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Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
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Here are 6 Great Ideas To Service Your Inground Swimming Pool This Winter.
Just because it’s Winter does not mean your backyard has to shut down. Our team at Aqua Fun wants to help you keep the fun going all year long. Let’s face it, it’s fun to plan for the future with new home improvement ideas and it’s smart to maintain and enhance your points of pride. So if you are already a homeowner with an inground swimmimg pool, don’t wait until it’s time to start swimming again, start planning now!
Here are some features you can focus on to either give your pool a face-lift or new meaning.
- New Vinyl Liner – This is one of the best ways to give your vinyl pool a new look. It also keeps your pool maintained properly to prevent issues in the future.
- Recreational Add-Ons
- Pool Lighting
- New Decking and Coping
- Water Features
Aqua Fun Inc. would like the opportunity to help you plan for a more modern upgraded inground swimming pool that enhances your life for years to come.
If you want to build a new inground swimming pool, our award winning designer and builders can help you get the job done. There are so many choices – gunite, vinyl, fiberglass, small lap pool, vanishing edges, concrete stamped decks and smooth coping edges. Don’t get confused, call Aqua Fun (770) 419-7119 for a free no obligation consultation.
All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who would like to know more about how you can keep your pool front and center all Winter long, then be sure to share this article and schedule your consultation here.
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
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Enjoy outdoor living in your new North Atlanta Inground Swimming Pool Build or Renovation.
There’s no doubt that your home becomes a summer retreat when you have the right set up. Start preparing for a fantastic summer and vacation every day! This takes planning and hiring the right contractors to help bring your outdoor living space to life. Let your search start here with us.
Check out the synergy created with this local builder. Let Aqua Fun get your backyard oasis started!
Aqua Fun Equals Summer Fun
Invite your family, friends and neighbors over to cook on the grill in your outdoor kitchen or cozy up by the fireplace and roast marshmallows over the built-in fire pit. All of this takes planning and design. Let our team at Aqua Fun assist you in planning out the perfect summer fun scenario.
Our team at Aqua Fun will be able to offer solutions for your backyard pool and living space that you won’t get with other pool builders in North Georgia or Metro Atlanta. The partnerships with local builders, landscaping companies and other service providers will save you money, time and headaches. You will receive the service and price break only a small business can offer.
Design your new inground swimming pool and outdoor kitchen to suite your family’s wants and needs. Remodel your existing pool with tile, stone, PebbleTec, water features, in water sun shelves, vanishing edge, beach entrances and swim up bars. Build your new gunite, vinyl or fiberglass inground pool with your own flair which may include underwater illumination, recreational add-on’s and waterfall’s.
Did you get a chance to check out our latest blogpost? All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who would like to build their dream backyard swimming pool design, then be sure to share this article or simply call Aqua Fun Inc. today – (770) 419-7119 or schedule time to talk here.
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Aqua Fun is always staying up on the popular swimming pool design trends and 2015 is looking better than ever!
There is an upswing in new pool construction and contemporary pool design & remodel. With that comes beautiful, functional new ideas to share. Many of the same designs that were hot in 2014 are also going to be hot in 2015. There are a couple of newer trends making their march to greatness and possibly into your new inground swimming pool design we will share as well. It’s all about personal style and more choices when making the plans to turn your own backyard into an island oasis. Our team of professionals can help you do it all.
2015 Swimming Pool Design Trends
Exercise Pools and Hot Spa’s
Take care of those muscles in a smaller pool design with a built-in spa. Also called lap pools, strengthen your body with a new inground swimming pool made for exercising, then relax your muscles and mind in your built-in spa. There are different types of exercise pools. A true exercise pool has a resistance jet at one end of the pool that generates a current much like a small wave. The resistance jet allows you to swim in place without actually going from end to end of the pool. Then there is a lap pool with a long and narrow design. An exercise pool or lap pool has become more popular in recent years and the outlook keeps exercise pools trending as a top contender. Certainly as more and more homeowners find themselves in a home without extra room in their backyard space or pocket-book, small exercise pools are perfect for these kinds of challenges.
Natural pools and Salt Water Pools
We wrote a blog about Salt Water pools and suggest reading that for more in-depth discussion on what we think about Salt Water pools. We’ll be writing more about Natural pools in future blog posts however the best way to describe a Natural Inground Swimming Pool is to take a more natural focus when designing the look and feel of the pool. We join the pool design into the natural terrain of the landscape. Sure we can take the Natural Pool to whole new level beyond what we have described here, however, for clarity, we prefer designing the pool in a natural looking state with Salt Water.
Geometric Shapes and Water Features Overflow
Geometric pools are making a come back and that is partly because of the new features a builder can add. Things like incorporating the lighting with water and using the extra space for custom pool built-ins like sloping entries, seating, waterfalls, swim-up bars and sun-tanning ledges. The elegant visual display of overflow water cascading over the ledges, waterfalls, or water fountains and underwater illumination can bring your backyard retreat to a whole new magical realm. Rectangular, square, round, oval, octagonal and L-shaped pools were in great demand in 2014. The geometric inground pool shape generally fits traditional backyard spaces better than many of the more complicated designs and continues to be a popular trend in 2015.
Beauty and durability are the strong points of this popular trend. Whether you are building a new inground swimming pool or are looking to re-model your current inground pool, alternative finishes are great choices to modernize and glamorize your pool! Aggregate Finishes with Pebble Tec and Pebble Sheen have been steadily moving up in popularity and are a big part of Aqua Fun’s pool designs. Glass tiles are becoming more desirable than ceramic and porcelain tiles, partially because they are durable and are resistant to powerful chemicals used to keep the pool clean and maintained. Glass tiles come in various sizes, shapes and colors, used inside or around the pool / spa leaving a shimmer glow reflecting the water in the pool or on edges.
We will be writing an entire blogpost about digitizing your inground swimming pool. These days you can command your outdoor environment with your iPhone or Smartphone. Use your phone to control lights, pool & spa temperature, pumps, water features, pool cleaners including security cameras and landscape irrigation.
Stay tuned for articles about these latest trends. Let Aqua Fun Inc. be your pool design specialist with Popular Swimming Pool Design Trends in 2015. Give us a call and schedule a free consultation – (770) 419-7119.
Rachel & Andrew Cook
Get Your Pool Ready For Halloween
Decorate your pool for Halloween. Tips from Atlanta’s dream pool builder, Aqua Fun Inc.
To us, Halloween is all about having fun with your family, friends and neighbors while collectively celebrating the coming Fall and Winter seasons. If you have a spa or heated pool and plan to keep it open for now, we have great ideas for the perfect Halloween Party.
First things first, let’s talk about pool party safety.
Designate one person to be the pool watcher. Think of a clever costume like a Zombie Lifeguard and have them sit by the pool the entire time keeping an eye on things. It adds to the ambiance and keeps everyone safe.
Decorating ideas for Poolside Halloween Party
Here are couple of ideas using skeletons. Dress the skeletons up in bathing suits, place them lounging around the poolside wearing sunglasses, soaking in that “moon tan”. If you have more skeletons, set them at a table playing checkers wearing sunglasses.
Throw in a few pool toys like orange or black inflatable beach balls, customized pool noodles made to look like sea creatures or a floating witch body. Put glow sticks inside blown up white balloons and float them in the water.
Check out our Pinterest board for more Halloween Pool Party Decoration Ideas.
Serve Some Ghoulish Halloween Party Food.
Follow our Halloween Pool Party Food board on Pinterest to get the recipes! Follow Rachel Cook’s board Halloween Pool Party Food on Pinterest.
Light up your pool underwater and add decorative lighting around the pool.
Underwater Illumination is the perfect way to create ambiance. If you have colored under water pool lighting installed, you can probably dial in the settings to stay on one color instead of alternating between the complete array of colors. Choose red, green or blue for the best Halloween effect. More pool illumination inspiration! Imagine adding this additional lighting to your pool and spa design. Contrast the colors or add more dramatics using all the same color.
When it comes to lighting, don’t forget to back-light the walls or boundaries of the backyard space you plan to entertain in. Back-lighting can add that extra layer of spookiness.
Halloween Pool Party Games and Activities
We wrote a blog post Classic Pool Games that can give you ideas to build upon. Sharks and Minnows could easily turn into Witches and Goblins.
Need some Halloween Pool Party ideas inspiration?
We hope you have a wonderful time this holiday season and that these ideas have offered inspiration on how to Decorate Your Pool For Halloween from one of Atlanta’s Pool Builder, Aqua Fun Inc.
Give us a call and schedule a free consultation for your dream pool and spa – (770) 419-7119.
Rachel & Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
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Pool Lighting Upgrade
If you are thinking about upgrading your backyard pool, the time is now. Our last blog covered replacing your vinyl liner for a quick face-lift. Not only are there aesthetic reasons behind pool liner replacement but it can also be a structural necessity.
However, if you are looking for a dramatic effect, underwater illumination and backyard lighting in general will be one of the most effective ways to meet this goal. Lighting will extend your swimming life and give a magical ambiance for night swimming.
There are different types of lighting for your backyard and pool to choose from: (Click here for more pictures on our Pinterest Board)
- Colour changing – Choose a constantly changing underwater light show. Or, pause and bathe your pool or spa in a single captivating color.
- White – LED Eco-friendly, reliable and standard
- Landscape – Add to your real landscape but also add attention to your water features
Let our team of professional pool and landscape designers help you upgrade your inground pool and backyard will be a magical experience.
If you are searching for an affordable yet superior pool builder and designer, we hope you will consider us! Aqua Fun Inc. is a premier pool design, construction and service company in North Georgia. The husband and wife team of Andrew and Rachel Cook head up the dedicated crew of pool, spa and construction specialists. Andrew’s involvement in the pool industry began in 1987 – read more here.
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Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.