If you’re planning a custom pool design and installation project for your Twin Cities home, you’ve got a lot to think about. From the shape of your pool to the type of pool equipment you want, the pool construction company you choose, and more, building a pool requires extensive planning. 

Royal Pool & Spa specializes in all things swimming pools, from custom design and installation to ongoing pool maintenance, repairs, and renovations. We’d be honored to help you design and install the swimming pool of your dreams and would love to become your lifelong pool partner.

In this blog, we’re sharing a handful of pool shapes to consider for your in-ground installation, and as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

1. Roman Style

This one isn’t a particular shape per se, but it is a classic swimming pool design, so it’s definitely worth a mention. Roman-style pools feature two long, parallel, straight edges flanked by arched half-circles at either perpendicular end.

If you have plenty of space in your yard and local zoning laws allow for it, this type of pool is perfect for creating a super-luxurious, high-end vibe. 

2. Grecian Style

Another classic design, Grecian-style pools look similar to Roman-style pools, but rather than one arched, half-circle at each short side of the pool, these pools feature a little extra flair. At the corners, Grecian-style pools feature additional obtuse, arched half-circles that typically swoop inward toward the water.

Like Roman-style swimming pools, these pools are great for creating a high-end, luxurious feel.

3. Rectangle or Square

If you’re looking for a no-frills design, a rectangle pool may be for you. That’s especially true if you’re looking to swim laps or easily differentiate between your pool's shallow and deep ends.

Square and rectangle pools are pretty much the standard backyard pools, and they’re a great option if you’re not overly concerned with the aesthetics of your pool.

4. Kidney Shapes

The first kidney-shaped pool was designed and installed in 1948 and was a welcome departure from the standard, rectilinear-shaped pools common of the time. Its novel shape was photographed for several magazines, and soon after, homeowners everywhere began installing this curvy design.

5. Figure Eight

A figure-eight-shaped pool looks pretty much like its namesake. It has one larger circular area connected to one smaller circular area, usually with a narrower area in the center that features linear sides. This curvy pool can also be designed with two same-size circular areas.

6. Custom Shapes

The great thing about in-ground pool installation is that your design options are virtually endless, depending on your available space. You can do a multi-sided geometric pool with several linear sides or choose a meaningful shape, such as a heart, a letter, or an instrument – essentially, whatever you want.

7. L-Shape

Some L-shaped pools are organic in shape and flow and have curved lines, while others are geometric and have defined sides and angles. They create an easy separation from the deeper to the shallow end and are commonly featured in areas with tanning ledges or shallow areas to wade.

8. Freeform

Freeform pools allow you to add some self-expression, and once the pool is established, you can add features like underground lighting, water slides, rocks, and caves. Themes are also common with nature or tropical style incorporation bringing a whole new aesthetic to your outdoor area.

Other pool shapes and designs to consider include:

  • Infinity pool
  • Perimeter-overflow pool
  • Oval or circular pool

Other Things to Consider for Your Pool Installation

There are four primary things to consider when installing a new pool. On average, an above-ground, premium pool starts at around $20,000 and goes up to $100,000 or more depending on the detail and size you need, so to start, know your budget. So research designs and styles and ensure you have an extra 10 to 15% in place for any unexpected costs.

Specific permits, zoning, and codes are also required, so get familiar with your city's regulations and choose a professional installation company that can support you with this to help ensure you are following all requirements.

In-ground pools are comprised of concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl lined, and you can pick between salt or chlorinated water, so know what type of pool you want and need.

Maintenance is another consideration, and whether you are hiring someone or doing it yourself, you need the right chemicals and cleaning equipment like skimmers, pool vacuum, and brushes to ensure proper care.

When Is the Best Time to Install a Pool?

Each season has advantages and drawbacks, with autumn offering more sales because it’s the end of the season. However, there is always a risk of ice and snow on the ground, which can prevent the installation.

Early spring gives the installer enough time to complete the job before the hotter weather arrives, and you may have an easier chance of getting a spot in their schedule.

While summer is the optimal time for installation, chances are installers will be busy, and the demand for materials is higher, so this could run into a slowdown in the completion due to material or labor shortages.

Trust Royal Pool & Spa With Your Twin Cities Pool

If you’re considering putting a custom-designed, in-ground swimming pool in your Twin Cities backyard, our Royal Pool & Spa team would love to bring your vision to life! For over 30 years, we've provided full-service pool care for owners throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding metro areas.

Our services cover all your swimming pool needs, from design and construction to routine maintenance, repairs, and renovations. Check out our gallery to see some of our work!

To learn more about us or get a pool design and installation quote, please call our White Bear Lake office today at 651-779-7606 or request a quote online, and we’ll be in touch.