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If you are going to start a swimming pool project at your backyard, one of the things you need to find out is the best size and depth for your pool. A pool sets up for recreational purpose had better have a shallow shelf or a wide walk-in, while the shape is not restricted. So, it’s the part you have maximum freedom to play your imagination. If the pool meant to be a swimming lap, it needs to be long and deep, and the four ends have to be paralleled to form a rectangle. If the pool is planning to work as your exercise spot, but limited place left to be built in, a swim spa might fit your needs.

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If you have kids and want to give them a cool playing place in hot summer, you may consider building a recreational pool or a wading pool that is separated from your main pool. A recreational pool can’t be deep, and it had better outfit with a sloping floor, which is supposed to be within the depth of 3-5 feet. A wading pool have similar features with a recreational. They both have no limitation in shape, which means they’re the kind of pools that will fit well in your courtyard. Also, when the kids outgrow the pool, you can then convert it into a swim spa.

If you have more room left for entertainment facilities like diving board, water slide and even an artificial beach for young kids, it’s actually a upgrade of wading pool. Although diving board and water slide are popular among kids, pool owners appear to hesitate when consider installing them in a wading pool due to the requirement of depth. This is a matter that you may want to ask for professional advice to prevent unpredictable accidents. After all no one is willing to risk something bad happen to their family members.  

You’re sure have been watching swimming competition on the television. The pools for athletic swimmers are usually long and rectangular with divided lanes in the depth of 4-5 feet, which can give them sufficient space to swim in and will protect them from hurt when turning round at the end. It’s technically regulated that the training pool of professional athletes needs to be at least 25-yard long. Only training in this length can they develop a correct swimming style and reach a faster speed.

However, it seems impractical to build your own pool that follows competition standard at home. For homeowners who take swimming as their main workout and want less construction budget, lap pools will most satisfy the needs.

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A lap pool can be placed outdoors or in. It’s indeed the best option when you’re thinking about building one but have limited space. The distinctive feature of a lap pool is to eject flow of water so that you can swim against the flow and train the muscle. The strength of flow can be adjusted based on your needs providing an alike place for you to swim just as you would in river or tide. Lap pools make you swim in the condition of consuming much more energy than normal exercises do to give you a full-scale muscle training including endurance and explosive force.

The built-in footprint enables them being installed in almost any limited space. Townhouse and condo owners tend to lap pools as they have all the advantages of regular pools while take up much less room. Lap pools have a great variety of styles and sizes. Think carefully before break-ground and pick up the one that best meets your requirements and blends in the space that is available. When deciding the size of it consider what purpose you’ll be generally using it for and who will be using it, only you and your spouse, a small family or neighborhood kids who want to join in. A standard lap pool is normally 14 feet long and 7 feet wide with a depth of about 30 inches. Yet, you can have one in customized size that you want, provided construction permits.

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If you’re looking for a place to relax and don’t want to give up the exercise benefits of a lap or a standard pool, swim spa is a practical recommendation for you. Firstly, having a swim spa means no digging-up at the courtyard. Secondly, swim spa allows you to get exercise just like running on a treadmill as it creates a place with the current of water flowing against you. However, swim spa is not a less costing option. It can cost about $20,000 and that often doesn’t include the cost of installation and deck laying.  

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