Hello all! Potential new pool owner here. This will be the first pool I have owned, and the first pool I have built so all advice is welcome. We have spent considerable time researching design, and we are happy with the modified L shaped design of the pool. Our main concern now is whether to keep the pool at 28' long, which is reflected in the drawing and pictures below, or reduce the length to 24' long so we can end up having a full 9' of patio space on one end of the pool (as opposed to the current 5' of space).
My wife and I have a 5 year old son and 3 year old girl who love pools and swimming and playing in the pool. My wife and I will use it for lounging and relaxing, not for swimming laps or exercise, and not for diving (no diving board, no slide). Our current design has the pool at 3.5 ft deep in shallow end and 5 ft deep in deep end with multiple benches for sitting. There is also a sun shelf reflected in the drawing as well for lounging for the adults, and for playing for the kiddos.
We live in Central Florida one street off the water, and mosquitoes are terrible! So, we will have the pool enclosed by a screen. I plan on using the pool area not only for swimming, but also for entertaining, watching sporting events, and cooking. I am leaning towards more patio area and making the pool smaller, but wanted to hear from you all.
Does anyone have a 24' long pool, or 28' long pool, that can lend some insight on whether that is long enough for a family of 4 (99% of the time the pool will only be used by us 4, and on occasion we will have pool parties. In general, I do not expect more than 6-7 people max in the pool at any one time if the kids have a friend or two over, and every once in a while 10-12 people might be in the pool).
My concern is that with the current design at a 28 ft long pool, and where the child safety fence has to be (reflected in the drawing below, but not the rendering), that we will not have enough usable patio space to be able to not only entertain on occasion, but also to simply enjoy being outside even when we are not swimming (i.e. enough room for kids to play with toys, and for the adults to lounge, when pool season is over / at nights / when we do not feel like swimming).
So, all of that was a long winded way asking the following 2 questions:
(1) would you prefer a 28 ft long pool with 5 ft of patio space on one side, or a 24 ft long pool with 9 ft of patio space on one side, given the layout of our screened enclosure?
(2) What are your thoughts on 3.5 ft deep to 5 ft deep pool given that it will mostly be used by the adults for lounging, and by a currently 3 and 5 year old for playing?
The drawing and a rendering are below
Thanks to all for any input!!!
Pool drawing with comments.jpg