When it comes to creating a pool, there are many things you think about. Something that doesn’t immediately come to mind is the design of your pool. Pool design doesn’t only come down to aesthetics — you have to think of the practical stuff too. Your pool will be a private oasis in your backyard, so it should have everything you want. Join us as we discuss the ultimate guide to designing your pool. 

Building Regulations & HOA

The first thing to do is find out what the local regulations are for building a pool in your area. This is an important issue and will be one of the first steps in your pool design and building process. Most cities require that you have a permit to build a new pool. Depending on where you live, the cost of these permits may vary, but it is always worthwhile to check with your local council before you begin any projects.

If you live in a community run by an HOA, it’s essential to read over your bi-laws regarding building a pool. Some communities do not allow homeowners to build their own pools. However, if they permit it, some might have regulations regarding size or shape. 


To be comfortable swimming in your pool, it is essential to ensure that you have a good location for your pool. A bad location can mean the difference between enjoying your pool and wishing you had never built it.

If you are fortunate enough to have a yard, the first step in deciding where to put your pool is to think about how it will fit into the yard. Many homeowners opt for installing a free-standing above-ground pool, which can be placed anywhere there is adequate space. However, if you prefer an in-ground pool, you will need to consider several factors when choosing a location.

The most crucial factor is the amount of sunlight the site receives daily. Simply check out the area at different times of day and during different seasons to determine how much time would be spent in direct sunlight. You’ll also need to consider potential obstructions, such as nearby trees or buildings, which could cast shadows over your pool.

If your yard has an area that receives plenty of sun throughout the day and will not be blocked by any obstacles or other structures, then this should be your pick for placing your pool. If not, you may want to consider putting it in a different area. 

Size and Shape

The first thing to consider is shape. The most popular shapes are round and oval. These are great for many swimmers, as you can fit more people into them, but they don’t work well for lap swimming. If lap swimming is your main concern, you should choose a rectangular pool.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s talk about size. You’ll want to consider what your family will be using the pool for and what kind of budget you have set aside for it.

If you’re not planning on having many kids over at once or having large gatherings, then a smaller pool will suffice. If you would like to have frequent get-togethers or children using the pool with supervision from an adult during the summer months, then a larger pool is probably necessary. It’s also worth noting that larger pools are more expensive than smaller ones and require more maintenance, so keep that in mind.

Added Features 

A new pool will not only will it be a source of fun and excitement for many months but also a place to relax and unwind. Designing your pool means you get to customize just about every inch of it from the location, shape, layout, and much more. Special features such as fountains or hot tubs are a great way to level up your design.

Designing your pool is indeed an exciting undertaking. While it may seem like there are countless options and variables, the process of creating a pool ideally suited for you is simple, especially when you work with our expert pool building team here at Artesian Pools. So, relax- and let us help you take the first step towards this exciting project. 

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