Hey Guys…newbie here. We're starting to throw around the idea of putting in a pool in the next year or so, depending on how some investments play out. But for the time being, I can't help but daydream. So I started drawing up some ideas for a pool design. And here it is… For right now, I'm concentrating on basic layout. I'm open to all kinds of advice, criticism.
But first, let me explain what we're wanting.
We have two toddlers and plenty of friends with kids about the same age. We are mostly wanting a play pool, or sports pool, that allows fun for folks of all ages.
One thing we have noticed from visiting other pools is that the adults tend to congregate around any tanning ledge while watching the kids. So we want a bigger than normal tanning ledge to accommodate this. You'll notice on my plan that it's a 12x12 circle, with basically a bench all the way around it too that allows you to sit deep in the water and put your elbows back on the tanning ledge in a relaxing position while watching the kids, volleyball games, etc…it's something I thought up that would be really functional, but I really don't know if it would be or if it would even really be utilized.
The second thing I want is almost two separate sections. The section to the left of the tanning ledge is for sports - volleyball, basketball, water polo, anything that really involves competition. Is this area about the right size for such games, especially volleyball (the green line represents the volleyball net)?
The other section is to the right of the tanning ledge and allows for the kids to swim or adults to float around with margarita in hand without having to worry about being smacked in the head with a volleyball.
By having the tanning ledge in the middle, it allows the adults to watch every inch of the pool while providing separation between the sections.
I have a spa drawn in for now. But I don't really know if I need one. I am located in Texas and I doubt we would really get in it in the winter. So I don't know if it would be worth the extra cost….especially to heat it up. Would I be making a mistake by not putting a spa in?
Other notes about the plan…the grid is 10x10 with each little square representing a square foot. The brown circles represent big rocks. I calculated the plan to be around 800 sq ft with an average depth of 4 ft, giving me approximately 22.4k gallons - sound about right?
Thanks for your time and thoughts.