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    Pool depth

    Another thread about planning our new build in Austin, TX. We're not interested in a "deep end" of the pool - we just want a party pool where adults can stand comfortably, and we will probably occasionally play volleyball. Two questions:

    1. What depth should that be? 4'? Should we have an area deeper than that to keep temperatures cool?
    2. Assuming we don't need a deeper area for cooling, is there another reason the floor should slope, or can we do a continuous level?

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    Re: Pool depth

    Do you ever want to swim in this pool? Because making it too shallow risks scraped knuckles on the bottom. I would make the minimum depth 4 feet, and the rest 5 feet. People do like to stand in water, float in tubes and on noodles, etc.

    And yeah... too shallow you do risk it feeling like swamp water in July and August in hot climates.

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    Re: Pool depth

    Drew,

    What you want is a "play pool".. normally 3.5' to 4' on each end, and 6' or so, in the middle. Works great for playing volley ball.

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    Re: Pool depth

    4' x 5' x 4' is perfect. 3.5' is too shallow
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    Re: Pool depth

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimrahbe View Post
    Drew,

    What you want is a "play pool".. normally 3.5' to 4' on each end, and 6' or so, in the middle. Works great for playing volley ball.

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    Re: Pool depth

    But keep in mind Rollercoastr- Michigan doesn't get near as hot as Austin, TX and the swim season is much longer there. I think a little extra depth is going to provide more options as well as being more comfortable.
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    Re: Pool depth

    Yip, these "play/sports pools" are deep in the center. (although it's admittedly hard to tell in that real-estate listing pic) If you look at the reflection from the master bedroom windows, you can see how the bottom comes to a fairly sharp V.

    Jimrabhe mentioned a 6' deep section. I think my friends had over 6' of depth in the center.

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    Re: Pool depth

    I looked at your picture again and now I see what you mean. When I read "play pools" I imagined one depth the entire pool.
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    Re: Pool depth

    One other thing to keep in mind if this is a Shotcrete pool then where pool builders end up ordering too much Shotcrete (wet mix) in the concrete truck they often put it on too thick making the pool shallower than planned. Also make sure you agree with your pool building depth measured to the water line, not depth measured to the edge of the pool
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    Re: Pool depth

    Thanks for all the answers! I think we'll go 4-5-4. 6' is just too deep for anyone to be able to stand, and we definitely don't need a 3.5' section.

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    Re: Pool depth

    Agreed. 6' is not a useful depth. Still not good for diving or deep swimming and only LeBron can stand up.
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    Re: Pool depth

    Another vote for the 4-5-4 layout. I'm 6' and my wife is 5' 3". There's a "sweet spot" for both of us to hang out at.


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