Ok, so we thought we had our design done - small (24X11) gunite pool, rectangle, spa, and a few steps the meander about and create seating - with a couple swim out benches at the "deep end" (5 ft).
Anyway, we looked at a pool recently with a "beach" (no slope to entry), but 6" deep shelf with bubblers. Now this is creeping into the design, but I'm afraid with my small pool, this is going to eat into my swimming area and possibly increase the temp of my water.
We have 2 very little kids that could make great use of the beach area, but it isn't like we can remove the beach when they get sick of it and want to swim and we are going to be in this house for a long time. I could maybe see putting some chairs in it, but you're not really going to be sitting "in" the water at that depth.
So my question is, should we do the large 6" beach, or maybe a deeper shelf area (12"-16") that would get more use over time, or just stick with the steps that double as benches (16" deep) and create more swimming area? I mean, after kids get older, how useful is a 6" beach area?