Building modern farmhouse on 24 acres. Swimming Pool Ideas
We can’t decide! Basically looking for input on shape and depth. We have 2 boys ages 6 & 8. Building modern farmhouse on 24 acres.
A. Rectangular pool with tanning ledge cutout. Sports pool.
3 ft (one side) 5ft (in middle)-4ft (other side). No jacuzzi (pic shows that). More modern rectangular waterfall on back side of pool in middle or to one side.
B. Rectangular pool with tanning ledge cutout. Shallow to 7 ft deep with jumping rock waterfall.
C. Free form with tanning ledge cutout. Shallow to 7 ft deep with jumping rock waterfall.
heather: C. Them little ones will eventually be big ones and need a deeper pool. I wouldn’t wanna risk them. Diving into a shallow pool.
stephanie: I think A or B goes with more of the modern farmhouse look.
kelli: B and it would go better with modern farmhouse style.
alisa: While you might not see it yet, boys love to jump! Mom of 3 boys, 17,14,12, the diving board or deep end is where they are 90%!!!
debbi: My vote is for B. Similar to what we are now building.
We have a colonial on 4 acres and decided that rectangle looked more classic with the house and had more pool space for kids. For us it’s a Rectangle18x40 with large attached tanning ledge cutout, spillover hot tub and jumping rock water wall with 7 ft. My kids are 12, 14 and 15 and all their friends who have looked into the “hole” have asked how deep and will we have a diving board or diving rock.
rusel: There’s really no need for a deep end. “A” will let your kids enjoy the entire pool. We have the same depths but free form. You don’t really want to encourage diving on your property anyway.
kendra: B- definitely get 7ft depth though, I have 2 boys and they love jumping/diving in. All the other kids that come over do as well. We also have an umbrella policy in case someone gets hurt, but we make sure everyone is being safe.
tena: With young boys definitely B! They are going to want to jump, cannonball, jump in while catching footballs, etc. You won’t regret having a deep end.
kimber: B or C -Boys will love deep end.
nicole: Not B. How many people can stand in the small shallow area? Definitely no room for games.
melissa: My regret is not having a deep end and kids love jumping in.
jacq: A -7 ft way to deep you would never enjoy the deep side.
kerri: B. You want a deep end with boys and rectangular will give you more water space.
nicole: We have something close to C. We did lagoon shape to maximize shallow area and 8′ deep for diving. In my area you can’t have rocks or a platform and not have it 8′.
andre: totally personal preference I love a rectangular pool but freeforms are pretty too! I am no help I am sorry! LOL
connie: C ours is 3’-7’ with a jumping rock!! 19.5K gallons.
collen: looks like a piece of paradise with all of the beautiful landscaping.
dave: We just installed a rectangle shaped pool. Our reasoning was basic: ability to swim laps. While it’s the same depths and roughly length and width of our neighbors free form pool, it “feels” bigger than it is. Hope that helps.
debbie: I like B. We are in the process of building ours and I really like the clean lines of the rectangle pool but my husband wants freeform so we are going with freeform.
kristin: I’ve had two pools! Most fun is in the shallow end, we did L shape with basketball hoop! Everyone ends up in the shallow end to play or drink.
collen: B or C- having kids that are now 11 and 8, having a deep end is a must.
amber: We have two boys and a lot of their neighborhood friends and the deep end is essential. They’re going to jump, cannonball, horseplay, etc. It’s much better to have the deep end. We placed our spa at the deep end so they have an elevated spot to jump from. We also put the Baja shelf at the deep end to even out the areas – so everyone is not always in the shallow end. Your boys will get big fast and will quickly outgrow a pool without a deep end, in my opinion.
wendly: B – but make the deep end deeper so it’s safer for diving, which the kids will want to do.
aime: B! We just finished ours. Could only fit a pool size at 20×28. Deepest is 6 feet. Would definitely love a little deeper and more room in the deep end. Suggestion- Plan for bb area, possibly vb. Also, consider more decking. I Like the rectangle and not free form especially to do laps – great for exercise or races for everyone.
michel: A with a 8’+ deep end and diving board. Kids love volley ball and jumping (I have 4 boys and a girl). The boys were always in the deep end unless they were wrestling or playing a sport. They also like to do laps and race, so make sure there is enough room for 2 people to do laps…. IMHO.
jennifer: C! That would be ideal for me. As your boys getting older they’re going to want to jump off stuff into the pool, you want something deep enough to keep them from getting hurt. And if you ever want to teach them to dive, you need the depth as well. Staging and landscape can be the the way to compliment the house style.
laura: 7 feet is not deep enough for teenagers to jump into. That would be dangerous.
martin: In the deep end you should be as deep as possible. Even 8′ is dangerous. I would say at least 13-15 feet. As 12 year old kids at my grandpas pool we dove off diving board and you would hit the bottom with your hands. Deeper is better for safety especially if you invite people over. People may not expect how shallow it is. The price of going deeper is cheaper than getting sued for a broken neck and the emotional stress that would come with it.
matt: Here’s mine. I like the kidney shape. Square pools look too commercial to me.
michel: B – I have a 17×40 rectangle, 3.6’-6.6’, with a 8×9 tanning ledge, and a waterfall.
susan: We have a remodeled stone farmhouse. Shape of pool is personal preference (we have very large rectangle with a rustic pool house and landscaping) my only suggestion to you is go deeper with the deep end. At least 9 ft for diving off the jump rocks. We have 4 kids, oldest 17 and youngest 10 yrs old – the deep end and jump board gets the most usage!