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A swimming pool is not a one-size-fits-all addition to a home. Just as each and every home should be unique and custom to suit a client’s lifestyle and block of land, so should a pool.

Before you decide on a pool, you should think about your objectives and what you want to get out of your pool area. Do you want it to be an exercise arena for swimming laps? A place for relaxation? A space that will maximise your views? Or just simply a space to cool down during summer? These kinds of questions should always factor into your decision making and will help you choose the perfect pool for your home.

Of course, there are a number of different shapes, designs, sizes and types of pools, and it can be overwhelming to select just one option. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of swimming pools and discover which is best suited to your dream custom home.

In-ground pool

This pool is, as the name suggests, a pool that is built underground and sits level with the ground, deck or tiling surrounding it. In-ground pools are elegant and sleek and seamlessly integrate with an outdoor area.

This type of pool will give your outdoor space a personalised touch, as they are often custom-built – specific to the dimensions of your plot of land. This is a great option if you are looking to build something that will fit a unique block of land, or for those wanting to go beyond the traditional pool dimensions or shapes.

Lap pool

These are long, narrow in-ground pools that are perfect for exercising and, as the name also suggests, swimming laps. Often configured into a rectangular shape and around 15 metres in length, lap pools are optimal for narrow or long backyards.


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A spa is a superb choice if you’re looking for the best of both worlds – a place to cool down in summer and a place to warm up in winter! A spa is a more economical choice than a custom, in-built pool, as it can be placed almost anywhere in your backyard.

If you’re looking for a space to sit back and relax, then a simple small spa may do the trick however if you want all the benefits of a pool, plus the added luxury of a spa, there is also the swim spa option, which is a large spa that provides enough room to swim in.

Indoor pool

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If you’re looking for ultimate flexibility – a pool space that can be enjoyed day or night, rain, hail or shine, then you may want to consider an indoor pool. Indoors pools are also a terrific low maintenance option, as they don’t have exposure to UV rays and won’t accrue a build-up of leaves from surrounding trees.

Infinity pool

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You’ve definitely seen pictures of this pool type on Instagram. A trending favourite that features in world-class resorts and hotels, infinity pools blend seamlessly with their surroundings through their vanishing edge, which makes the water look as if it’s disappearing over the edge.

It’s an incredibly luxurious and awe-inspiring addition to a home that is well-suited to sloping or high altitude blocks boasting incredible views.

Want to learn more about what the best type of swimming pool for your custom home? Get in touch with Michael and the team at Cunningham Constructions today.

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