In Sydney, the most popular types of swimming pools can be addressed under three categories: Family pools, Lap pools and Plunge pools. This article discusses the benefits, popular features and trends for each of these types of swimming pools.
Popular types of swimming pools
Plunge Pools are comparatively smaller at typically 3 x 2 metres, yet appear bigger and deeper than most spas.
Benefits: smaller footprint, smaller water volume, efficiency, visual appeal. Plunge pools are very popular as a landscape feature and are incorporated into landscaped and/or entertaining areas for family and friends. Popular in the inner city suburbs like Bondi, Neutral Bay, Glebe and Paddington where the block size is limited.
Popular features in plunge pools are edge seating/steps, waterfalls, glass wall waterfalls, blade edges, wet edges.
Trends; Many buyers are looking at plunge pools to enhance their small backyards and incorporate them in and around their alfresco areas.
A pool measuring 8 x 4m can be considered a family pool. Family pools are defined by their size and multiple purposes. Primarily recreational, angular, round or oval, a family pool can dramatically improve your family life and inject F-U-N back into the way you spend time with your children and relatives.
Benefits: A lot of families report that having a pool keeps the kids active, social and safe at home. Also good for entertaining, exercising, a quiet relaxing dip or just general swimming and splashing.
Popular features include; gentle sloped entry into the water, spas with spillovers, steps at either end, straight walls for doing laps, gutter return edges (like Olympic pools), slides, blade edges, wet edges.
Trends; The classic rectangular (recreational shaped) pool is still ever popular as it functions just like that marvellous council pool you visited as a kid. Irregularly shaped family pools are increasing in popularity as they can often incorporate unique features like shallow ledges (for young ones), lap swimming areas, slides, cascading steps, spillover spas. Wet edges and glass blade edges are still hot features, as are underwater viewing windows.
Lap pools are typically longer and thinner than most family pools. A straight lap pool may be 10 x 2.5 metres.
Benefits: Lap pools are great to keep fit. A straight lap pool will occupy a smaller footprint in your yard. The lap section is often kept free of obstacles like steps and ladders, the sides are straight, not angled, to ensure the swimmers’ arms can move freely and safely.
Popular features include; Water jets, extra underwater lighting, heating for year-round use.
Trends; Extending the lap pool underneath bridge walkways or into the home. Extending out of the home into a partial balcony. Incorporating waterfall rock features, garden walls. Buyers often combine a lap pool with aspects of a plunge or family pool to cater to multiple uses.
What are the latest features that come with pools?
Spa jets and water features are very popular. Retractable pool covers and robotic cleaning systems are a great way to keep your pool looking great.
Tip: The width of a pool is also very important as steps and ledges can reduce this.