When designing a custom gunite swimming pool, there are few limitations to what you can create. Everything can truly be customized to what you want. However, there are several factors that will impact what design will work best for your space.

Foremost the size and shape of your pool will depend upon your backyard and where your property lines are located. Additionally, the layout of your pool, including features such as fire elements or an infinity edge, will also be impacted by the size and sloping of your backyard. Finally, you don’t want to overlook how the design of your pool will also determine your hardscaping.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors individually to better understand how they can and will impact the design of your custom gunite swimming pool.


One major benefit of a gunite swimming pool is that you are not limited by size. So long as you have the space, your pool can truly be whatever size you desire. Most often it’s your property that will determine the size of your swimming pool. What size of pool will best fit your space? How much of your property do you want to reserve for other uses? These are just a few questions to consider. You will also want to take into account your township’s rules and regulations for swimming pool setbacks and size, as this can have an impact on your pool’s design.


The next consideration of your pool design is shape. Again, building with gunite allows you infinite possibilities for your pool’s shape. For some property layouts, a geometric design is the perfect fit. For other types of properties, a free form design might better allow you to maximize your space. You may also have a personal preference as to the shape of your pool.

One of the most important things you should consider when choosing the shape of your pool is how you plan to use it. For example, if you want to be able to swim long, straight laps, you might be better suited with a rectangular pool. Or if you want your pool to provide various “nooks” where people can spread out to relax and socialize, a free form design can best accomplish this.


As for the physical location and layout of your pool, this goes beyond simply “fitting” your pool on your property. You’ll want to consider how close you want your pool to your home. Some clients prefer a pool set further away from their home with an adjacent pool house for convenience. Others want to be able to step out their back door and be just feet away from water. Think of what will best fit your lifestyle and how you plan to use your pool, as well as the rest of your backyard area.


Another important aspect of pool design is the addition of features such as a sun deck, fire elements or an infinity edge. With a gunite swimming pool you can incorporate all of these elements to truly customize your pool to be exactly what you want. Should you want built-in bar stools and a swim-up bar – we can do it! It’s important to consider all the features that are available to you and narrow this list down to just the ones that are going to accentuate your pool design without distracting from it. Then you can incorporate these elements into your design from the start.


Finally you’ll want to consider your hardscaping while designing your pool. While a final hardscaping design doesn’t have to be ironed out exactly as you determine your pool design, it is helpful to have an idea of what you might envision. For example, should you wish to have a large patio with various levels and spaces, this type of hardscaping design will require more space, and a larger budget, all of which can impact your pool design. Your hardscaping will also have to adhere to your township’s rules and regulations for size and property setbacks, so this should be considered as well. All the elements of your backyard design should work together and complement one another, which is why it’s best to begin with a clear idea of what you want for hardscaping as you design your pool.

Are you dreaming of building a custom gunite swimming pool? It’s never too early to begin exploring the design process to get a better feel for what will make the best use of your space while incorporating the elements that are most important to you.

Contact us today so we can help you navigate the next steps!