Size Of In ground Pool

by Veronica Richardson
(Kinnelon, NJ)

We want to buy a home and the only reasonable place for the inground pool is on this level patch of land right outside the kitchen. It will only accommodate a 16' by 32' pool.

Is this big enough for a good swim? I am coming from a 20' by 45' pool which is great but too big for the new home.

Please advise. Thanks so much.

Thanks for the question Veronica

A 16 X 32 pool can have a wide range. An average depth is what I would really need. The range is between 13,500 gallons to over 21,000 gallons with an average depth between 3.5 feet to 5.5 feet.

But let's say you have a 16 X 32 pool with an average depth of 4.5 feet. Right in the middle. This would be about 17,500 gallons. This is comparable to a 27 foot above ground pool, which is a pretty good size.

If you're looking for something to splash around in, have some fun, and maybe swim some quick laps, a 16 X 32 pool would do it. Obviously your other pool was larger and this one would need some getting used to, but it should serve you well.

It really depends on what you're going to use the pool for. There are play pools, lap pools, and of course Olympic size pool. Each one serves a different function.

For normal use and to have some friends and family over for a day of swimming and a cook-out, a 16 X 32 should do it. If you're a serious swimmer and want to get a good workout, you may need to swim a few extra laps.

Hope this helps and good luck with your new pool.


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Getting Started W/ Above Ground Lap Pool

by Marilyn
(Moving To Southern California)

We are currently house hunting and would prefer a house with a pool in our price range. However, if we can't find one, I was thinking that possibly an above ground lap pool might fix the "missing pool" problem.

Can you give me a sense of what it would take to install a 7' x 24' lap pool above ground?

We don't know anything about this - so any advice is appreciated... Thanks!

Thanks for the question Marilyn

Much of the information you're asking about can be found on the lap pool page:

Lap Pools

Remember that a lap pool is a unique swimming pool and is used almost exclusively for exercise.

Lap pools typically come in a fairly standard rectangle size. You will need to have adequate space.

You have a choice of plaster/gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl liner. The vinyl liner would be used for an above ground lap pool. And a good cartridge filter.

Ladder and/or Steps
You don't want the ladders or steps to interfere with the dimensions or layout of the pool so be sure you can take them out.

The installation of an above ground lap pool is pretty similar to a regular above ground pool:

Aboveground Swimming Pools

Landscaping Around An above Ground Swimming Pool To Protect The Wall

Is Sand Or Dirt Better To Go Under An Above Ground Swimming Pool?

First you'd need to excavate the area of the pool. This is normally done by a pool contractor but if you can do it yourself and save a little money, then go for it.

Then you would construct the pool walls according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Some may have your pour a a 2 ft. cement base or collar around the exterior base of the pool wall. This helps anchors the pool in place.

If using a vinyl liner, you'd line the bottom of the pool with sand to the proper depth per the pool liner instructions.

Next is to hang the liner and keep it wrinkle free as possible.

Fill the pool with water and fill the space between the pool walls and the ground. Compact this and allow to settle naturally before adding any possible decking or plants around the pool.

For a quality lap pool you're looking in the range of $5000 - $15,000. This depends on exactly what you want, how the excavating goes, and any amenities in the future. Be sure to keep enough room around the pool for decks or any kind of expansion.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Above Ground Swimming Pools" category.

Swimming Pool Questions & Answers

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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