I'm currently laying out the pool I want to build on CAD, and I have a question:
Generally, when I see pools with shallow and deep ends, the transition between them has been gradual. But I've always found that, once you get past the depth where you can get purchase with your feet, there's not a whole lot of point in the floor being down there. Is it actually structurally necessary for this transition to be gradual, or can I just make it a step?
The reason I ask is that I've got a fairly small backyard, and the area I can put a pool in is reduced still further by some oak trees I don't want to touch. (Need the shade.) But I certainly want at least part of the pool to be deep enough for jumping in from a height.
I'm thinking of a generally "peanut" shaped pool, with the one end at the right depth for soaking, with a bench around it, and the other end 6-7 feet deep for jumping in, and a step transition between the two depths. That would be about a 3' step. The over-all pool is looking to be 24' x 12-16'.
So, is that slope actually necessary, or just traditional? Or maybe it's just an aesthetic thing, and you can do it however you think looks good?
Thanks in advance!