A “natural” or “free-form” pool provides a more relaxed and natural look than a fiberglass or above ground pool.
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If your considering an inground pool, you may have already started looking at the construction options like fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liners. However, before you choose the type of inground pool that you’re going to install you’re going to need to choose the shape of your pool.
Since you’ve come across this article, you may be considering a freeform or curved shaped pool. You may have some questions about this type of pool so we’re going to look at the following topics:
- What is the cost difference between a straight pool and a freeform pool?
- What are the options for freeform pool designs?
- How much room do you need for a freeform pool?
- What are the benefits of a freeform pool vs. a straight pool?
- Is there a difference in the cost of construction for freeform pools?
If you’re curious about these types of questions you have come to the right place. At Texoma Country Pools we deal with these questions every day. We’ve been helping folks build their dream pool right in their own back yard for years. We’ll go over each of these questions in detail below.
What is the cost difference between a straight pool and a freeform custom inground pool?
Freeform pool are actually less expensive to build vs a rectangle pool because the pool perimeter footage is shorter for the same length and width measurements of a rectangle pool. There are a lot of things that go into the cost of a pool and a large percentage of them are based on how many perimeter feet the pool is.
The goal in the design process is to maximize the surface area of the pool using the least amount of perimeter feet.
We highly recommend gunite for our pools here in the warmer climate of Texas and Oklahoma for multiple reasons.
To build a gunite swimming pool, a construction team creates an opening large enough for the pool, plumbing, rebar reinforcing rod, and other accessories. In general, rebar is spaced about 10 inches apart, and secured with wire. On top of the rebar, the crew sprays a heavy coating of gunite cement.
Gunite pools are the most durably constructed pools and will last longer than vinyl, fiberglass and concrete pools.
Gunite is really the best option, especially in a warmer climate. If you want your pool to last and stand the test of time, and Texas weather, we can not recommend gunite enough.
We do not recommend vinyl liner pools. For an in depth look at the reasons I recommend reading our post on problems with inground vinyl liner pools.
Concrete Freeform Pools
When it comes to a concrete pool of any shape, the cost is really going to come down to the total square footage of the size of the pool.
We still recommend constructing a gunite pool for the sheer durability and longevity versus a concrete pool, not to mention the significant cost savings.
What are the design options for freeform custom inground pools?
This is really going to come down to two main factors: the visual appearance and detail of the curves and the design of your swim space within the pool.
There are a lot of variations in designs on free form pools, but what it really comes down to is the curvature of the shape of the pool.
Don’t worry though, our team has been installing gunite inground freeform pools for years. We can find the right solution for you that maximizes your swim space and provides an amazing visual appeal for your yard.
The main decision that you’re making with the design of your pool is shape and elegance and the shape of your swim space.
How much room do you need for a freeform pool?
Here at Texoma Country Pools, we believe that a well designed swimming pool, whether its standard shaped or freeform should serve as a compliment to an amazing back yard or any outdoor space near your home.
That’s why our team custom designs your gunite pool to meet your needs, and help transform your yard into the relaxing atmosphere that you’ve always dreamed of.
No matter what dimensions your yard is, we can create an amazing inground freeform pool for you.
This is the biggest advantage of building a gunite pool, there are really no limitations when it comes to size or shape. We custom design this pool to your vision and specifications. We want to make sure that your pool fits your home and yard perfectly.
We find that when talking to folks about planning for a pool, it’s also very helpful to take a look at your entire yard. Some things you might want to consider when planning would be:
- If you have children and pets would it be beneficial to maximize the amount of grassy area in your yard for a play area year round.
- If you want to have outdoor furniture in your yard do you have adequate paved areas or patio platforms for that furniture
- If you’d like to have an outdoor room, such as a Florida room that lets in massive amounts of natural light.
- If you would like to have garden beds in the yard. These often soften what looks like hard edges in the fencing around your yard and make a visually appealing perimeter all while providing increased privacy.
What are the benefits of a freeform pool vs. a straight pool?
We’re going to go back to our earlier section about design options for this question. This is going to come down to your decision about the visual appeal of your pool.
In most cases, the more curvature that you have in your pool design, the less swim space you’ll have. However, we’ve gotten pretty good over the years at maximizing swim space and keeping a freeform pool design looking amazing. We’ll work with you to make sure that you are happy on both of these key factors for your yard.
It’s worth noting here again that freeform pools are actually less expensive than a straight, rectangular shaped pool.
Is there a difference in the cost of construction for freeform pools?
Yes, depending on the type of materials you’ve chosen and the total square footage of your pool. These are the main factors the will differentiate the price of your pool. Our experienced team will work with you to make sure that you’ve got a pool that looks amazing and fits perfectly in your yard.
Asking for the specific cost of a custom inground pool is like asking how much does it cost to build a custom home.
Sight unseen estimates aren’t accurate, until the pool builder understands all of the features and elements you want for your pool and understands the variables involved in the construction, no estimate is going to be indicative of the true project.
We truly believe, giving guesstimates to customers is a disservice; precision is better than a guestimate and we deal with precision.
At Texoma Pools and Spas, we design your freeform swimming pool to blend into the surrounding landscape. All measurements are customized to the specific site. Want to transform your backyard into a private retreat? Check out these beautiful free form pool creations by Texoma.
If you have a question or are ready to start to process of building your dream pool, feel free to contact us here.