Design your pool project


It’s been months or even years since you’ve contemplated building your overflow pool, but now the time has come. Even a project already under way can be improved: “Quality is an unending quest”.

Why design your pool project?

Every future pool owner has a clear idea of what they want: the pool should be a place of fun and enjoyment, and it should enhance the home.

But above all, what they do not want is for the pool to be a source of nuisance or become a burden.

As a result, the goal is to find a balance between his dreams and the constraints of his environment. You can carry out this technical and aesthetic research thanks to a professional. His expertise will help define the pool shape, the extent of the beaches, or a pool house’s usefulness.

Who to entrust with the design of your pool project?

Some professionals can help a future pool owner find the best compromise and make his dream come true.

In the context of a global house/pool project, an architect can provide this service. However, few architects have the necessary expertise to design a bespoke pool.

Some pool contractors have a design studio for drawing up a project. They will often do this free of charge, but on the condition that you entrust them with constructing the turnkey project. Therefore, projects are generally constrained by the imperatives, habits, and capabilities of the company

But did you know that there are pool designers? This profession is little known in France, but very widespread in the United States; pool designers are there to assist future owners in searching for the most successful project possible. As with  any specialised design studio, these designers charge fees on top of the pool construction budget. The good news is that some of them can provide all the execution plans and give valuable advice on the materials to purchase, and thus help save money on the pool’s construction.

Criteria to consider when defining your pool project

Few pool builders will offer you a preliminary design, yet it makes sense to do so, just as it does for constructing a house.

The plot of land

It is undoubtedly the first criterion. The land profile determines, for example, the type of overflow to be chosen waterfall, mirror or mixed.

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The available space

One of the most common mistakes is to oversize the pool in proportion to the size of the plot or terrace. It is essential to allow the pool to “breathe” by preserving a free space. You can create a deck or leave a green area of your choice.

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The position relative to the house

It is often self-evident, but the question can sometimes arise. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, including placing a pool further away or closer to the house. It is crucial to take stock before deciding.

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The architecture of the house

The house should always guide the design of the pool. It is necessary to match the shape, house style or materials used.

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The more personal criteria

For example

– Will you use the pool only in summer or all year round?

– How many bathers will use the pool?

– Is the pool intended for recreational or sporting purposes or both?

– Is the installation of an underwater cover envisaged?

– The interior layout of the pool includes a submerged deck, a bench with or without massage nozzles, stairs

– The surrounding area, namely, the terrace, a pool house, etc.

How does the design of a swimming pool work?

The starting point is always a knowledge of the terrain and the environment. A visit on site is always an option; it is also possible to do this based on a plan, a topographic one, and photos of the site, the house, and the view.

A discussion of the criteria mentioned in the previous paragraph must take place in order to make sure that the project meets the needs and desires of the future owners.

From then on, it is up to the designer. Generally inspiration comes at once, but occasionally, you have to go over it several times. The success of the pool design depends on these discussions between the designer and the owners.

How we have helped homeowners and professionals

The definition of a project is not only for people looking for ideas or original designs. We sometimes take existing plans and modify them to make the pool more functional aesthetic or facilitate the construction.

Example nº1

An owner called us. He wanted to build a very long swimming corridor with a depth of 2.50 m at the end of the pool.

He had already submitted the preliminary declaration of works, and the architect had drawn the red profile. In short, this meant:

– Excavate the entire surface of the pool to more than 2.80 m

– Create a slope inside the pool that was very difficult to build and not very pleasant to use.

We, therefore, modified the bottom profile of the pool to allow a more suitable excavation (in line with the bottom of the pool) and a gentler slope, especially in the first part of the pool.


Example nº2

An architect in Mexico carried out this pool project, but the American clients were not satisfied. Beyond the pool, a wall protects against wind and sand from the sea. The aim was to see the pool and the sea from the house’s terrace without seeing the wall. We started from the architect’s plan and modified it by creating an overflow visible from the house, stairs to develop levels.


Example nº2

An architect in Mexico carried out this pool project, but the American clients were not satisfied. Beyond the pool, a wall protects against wind and sand from the sea. The aim was to see the pool and the sea from the house’s terrace without seeing the wall. The architect’s plan was modified by creating a visible overflow from the house and by building stairs to create levels.

Example nº3

For an English-speaking client in Canada, we created this pool project with a Jacuzzi and a shallow area for children. We aimed to come up with an original idea not based on the shape, but on the variety and types of overflows.

The shallow pool and the jacuzzi flow into the main pool. The pool itself has a raised overflow on two sides and a deck-level mirror on the third side.


And after the preliminary design…

Defining and drawing a preliminary design makes sense only if the designer is also capable of producing an execution plans. For this reason, we offer our clients a complete service that includes construction plans (ground plan, sections, and execution details) and hydraulic plans. A construction advice file comes with these documents.

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