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The Most Popular Pool Shapes to Choose from

If you are reading this article is because you either want to build a pool or you are considering remodeling your existing one. The first and most important part of the pool to choose to start the design process is the shape. There are many different shapes, designs, and swimming pool features to choose from.  The fun part of designing your custom inground gunite swimming pool is that you aren’t limited to just a square, rectangular or other prefabricated shapes, when building a concrete pool, there’s nothing set in stone, you can customize it however and whichever shape may work best for your yard.

In addition to designing your pool any shape that you like, you can also add any pool feature you like, allowing you to build your dream oasis, the possibilities are endless.


Freeform pool shapes are the most space-friendly and popular pool shape.  With a freeform shape, you can customize your pool’s shape in any way that works best for you and your yard.  Free-form pools generally have more curves than other pool shapes, allowing you to build a truly unique oasis. If you are artistic, have a clear idea of what you want, or are looking to have a one of a kind shaped pool, a freeform pool would be the best choice for you.

Pros: Unique, works for any kind of space, more curves that allow other components to blend in such as landscapes, trees, decoration, furniture etc.

Cons: When not designed right, it can eat it too much swim space, coping pieces will have to be cut and more grout lines will show. A free form pool requires more detail than a straight line pool, which can lead to additional material cost and/or labor.


While rectangles are not the most creative pool shape, they are one of the most common and classic pool shapes. Most homeowners in Southern California are choosing rectangular pools over all of the choices because of the simplicity, elegance, modern and clean look. You can find this shape of pools in honeymoon suites and in penthouses on their balconies as well.

Pros: Savings on material costs compared to any free form pool, less grout lines and cuts, can fit on most spaces. Rectangle pools are the perfect shape for those modern homes looking for a clean look and a simple design. Because of their “straight lines” a rectangular pool provides ample space for children to play and to swim laps.

Cons: Are mainly used for modern properties due to having straight edges.


Kidney shaped pools are a classic custom free-form pool, shaped like a kidney bean, round on both sides and curved inwards on one edge. The kidney pool shape is excellent for pools with added water features such as spas, waterfalls and grottos.

Pros: Works for any kind of space, more curves that allow other components to blend in such as landscapes, trees, decoration, furniture etc.

Cons: Kidney shape pools are usually no bigger than 90 feet in perimeter, a very large kidney can look a little odd. Custom coping pieces will have to be installed or straight pieces need to be cut, then more grout lines will show. A kidney shape pool requires more detail than a straight line pool, which can lead to additional material cost and/or labor.

Figure 8

Figure 8 shaped pools, taper a bit from the middle and are rounded on both ends. One of the best things about figure 8 shaped swimming pools is that you can feel the free flow of water. On sharp edges of a rectangular pools, the water tends to refract strongly after hitting the walls. The curves of this pool shape help the water to circulate instead of being refracted backward.

Pros: Feel the free flow of water, can work with most spaces.

Cons: A figure 8 shape pool requires more detail than a straight line pool, which can lead to additional material cost and/or labor.


L-shaped pools are as impressive as the name. The vertical shank of the L is generally shorter and of smaller width, while the other part of the oasis is longer and has more breadth. This form of a pool is useful for courtyards with unique needs, most people that like L shape pools use the vertical shank of the L to install a baja step to not take away much swim space.

Pros: Clean look and lines, baja step and pool steps won’t take up swim space. Also, they work wonders when working with small backyards.

Cons: Are mainly used for modern properties due to having straight edges.

Greek and Roman

The shape of the Greek pool is famous for its spacious and beautiful design. Greek shaped pools are similar to rectangular shaped pools, but the corners are tilted at 45 ° like a kite or curved inwards.  This form of a pool is suitable for larger areas and larger families, as it typically can accommodate more people at a time, and is best for big yards. Roman shaped pools are a large rectangular pool with domes that emerge outward on both sides. One of the domes usually has stairs to enter the oasis. This form is excellent for sunbathing since the stairs provide a rather large platform to relax on while in the water.

Pros: Elegant designs, can accommodate more people at at a time. Domes are usually used as baja step saving up swim space.

Cons: Corners require a lot more attention to detail and materials (waste due to cuts increases) which can lead to additional costs. Won’t work much for small backyards.

The Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass

We must agree on something, we all love our lawns. Grass areas are great for not only the environment but also provide functional and psychological benefits for you and your family.

Maintaining a beautiful lawn also comes with a big amount of work. Whether your routine ranges from mowing when you just can’t stand the backyard field, or you skillfully nurture each corner of your front and backyard, taking care of a lawn requires a big effort.

Turf diseases, drought conditions, insect plagues, and soil issues are always present for the battle for lawn dominance. We are all busy to invest time and money taking care of our lawn that we are often looking for a way to win this war and decide to turn to artificial lawn to minimize the physical effort and our monthly expenses.

Artificial Grass for your Home

Artificial grass has come a long way since a few years ago when it was invented. Manufacturers are getting better at turning the traditional lime green carpet into products that more closely resemble real grass. Newer types of artificial grass combine innovative new textures and slight color variations to approach natural lawns.

Artificial grass is made from artificial fibers that are knit into a mesh backing material. This material is installed on top of stone and other impact-absorbing base materials. Since the fibers have a tendency to lay flat (particularly the longer they are), a rubber infill mix is then added to separate fibers and help them to stand up. Here are some of the benefits:

  • No irrigation required
  • Lower on-going cost of maintenance
  • No mowing required
  • Maintains color and thickness year round
  • No need for fertilizers or other lawn care products
  • Won’t die or lose color from pet urine
  • More wear tolerant than natural grass

At first glance, artificial grass for home lawns may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s one option to consider that isn’t perfect. There are also potential problems with artificial grass to consider when choosing what is best for you and your home in Southern California. These are some to consider:

  • Surfaces get much hotter than natural lawns (some people actually install sprinklers to cool areas off during hot days; pay close attention to this, you may need it on a summer afternoon with over 100 degree weather)

  • Potential to melt if installed next to glass or surfaces that reflect a great deal of heat
  • Although lower-maintenance, areas still need to be cleaned, groomed, and infill added periodically
  • More difficult to repair than natural lawns
  • Higher installation cost than natural lawns
  • Comparable, but is still noticeably artificial when compared to real grass

Is Artificial Grass a Good Idea in Southern California?

When weighing the advantages and disadvantages of artificial grass for your property, you’ll ultimately need to decide if it’s right for your home. Both options still present unique challenges and benefits that could make artificial grass a great choice for at least specific areas of your property.

If you’re considering having a company in Los Angeles install artificial grass on your property make sure you not only consider the pros and cons of artificial grass as well as your community’s rules. If you are based in Los Angeles County and your home is part of an HOA, please check their requirements before making a decision, some prohibit the use of artificial turf on certain areas of your property.

Potential Areas to Consider Artificial Grass for Home Lawns

  • Pet areas:  If you have designated areas where your pets typically ruin natural grass, artificial grass can be installed to prevent wear and urine damage. Some newer materials even have deodorant properties to combat the ammonia contained in urine.
  • Drought-prone areas:  As restrictions increase, artificial grass for home lawns becomes a good options to reduce the need for watering.
  • Poorly-accessible areas:  Depending upon your property layout, it may be very difficult to get mowers or other equipment to lawn areas. Artificial grass may be a good option for some of those areas.
  • Play areas:  If there are designated areas for swing sets or playground equipment, artificial grass may be a great option in the immediate vicinity.

Go Natural, too!

Even though they do require a good amount of maintenance with irrigation and lawn care programs, real grass is still a great option. Real grass offers superior benefits for air quality as it releases a large amount of oxygen back into the atmosphere. A natural lawn will also help with stormwater runoff and reduces the temperature around homes. Make no mistake, real grass is very good for the environment.

Again, both options have their pros and cons, so consider them before calling your choice a done deal.

Can my pool builder install this for me too?

Yes and yes!

There are hundreds of options for pool and landscaping installers that can add artificial grass to your home in Los Angeles. If installing a pool and adding landscape components to your pool project, you should pay close attention to contract one that can do it all, or work very closely with your pool contractor. A company that truly cares about you making an informed decision will discuss in detail any problems with artificial grass, or maintenance challenges of real grass. They should help you make a decision you’re educated about and comfortable with.

Here at National Pools we can install either or depending on your family needs, we can help you make an informed decision based in our experience. Contact us of a free on site consultation today!