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If you plan to use your pool primarily to entertain children and friends, you may wish to consider a design that encourages water sports and makes food consumption and preparation easy.

Many pools today are designed with a shallow lounging area and a deep center, making it ideal for playing games such as volleyball. In addition, large decks, patios, and grilling areas provide a space to socialize, prepare food, and eat.

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Pools for exercising

Pools can also be designed exclusively for exercise. A pool devoted to exercise may be long and narrow, an ideal shape for swimming laps. If the size of your backyard is small or your budget is limited, you may wish to consider a stationary swimming device.

Also, pools designed for recreation can include features to enhance water-based exercise, such as wall-mounted exercise bars.

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Pools for Beauty

An increasing number of homeowners are looking at how pool design can enhance their outdoor environment. Coles and Orland notes that vanishing edges with perimeter overflow are particularly popular in pool design for its aesthetic qualities.

Perimeter overflow is also incorporated in pools designed for more utilitarian purposes; pools with perimeter overflow can be good for swimming, since overflow prevents the reverberation of waves.

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Pool Facts
Think about what purpose your pool will serve. Knowing what you want from the pool--recreation, relaxation, or just beauty--will probably be one of the biggest influencing factors in your pool's design.

Identify safety requirements. If small children will be near your pool, you'll want to consider safety features designed to prevent drowning. The Canada's Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends installing barriers, such as walls, fences, door alarms, or pool covers. Additionally, keep in mind that slides and diving boards can pose safety hazards to people of all ages if they're used improperly.

Consider the condition and layout of your yard. The size and shape of your yard will influence the design of your pool. Other considerations may include the condition of the soil. Coles and Orland notes that regional differences in soil can affect pool design. Underground water or muck may require that the foundation of the pool be reinforced. Also, underground piping, gas, sewer, and water lines might influence where you'll put the pool.

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