Has your family been dreaming of adding a swimming pool to your Vancouver backyard? The first thing you need to do is to figure out where you want to put your new pool. The second thing you need to do is decide what swimming pool size makes sense for that space in your backyard, your family and your budget. 

Even though your pool can ultimately be as big as your backyard and budget allow, there are a few key considerations you should go over first to ensure that the space you create meets all of your needs. That is why we have put together this helpful guide to get you started…


How to figure out what swimming pool size is right for you


1. How big is your backyard?

The most important factor that will help you determine what size swimming pool you can build is how big the actual space is. Another factor to consider is, are there any existing landscaping features that you want to keep or that will need to be removed? If so, you will either need to figure out a way to size and shape your pool to go around that feature or how to remove it.  

During this step, it is useful to know the standards sizes for swimming pools:a
Small pool: approximately 12′ x 24′
Medium pool: approximately 16′ x 32′
Large pool: approximately 20′ x 40′


2. What do local by-laws require? 

This step may be tricky to figure out on your own, but it is worth remembering that your local by-laws may require certain things like fencing around your pool or a minimum setback from your house and property lines. If you have any questions about these requirements, contact your local Vancouver swimming pool contractor as they will be up-to-date on all of these technical requirements.


3. How much space do you want to leave for the deck? 

You and your guests will likely spend at least as much time on your deck as in your pool, so it is important to leave enough space for a proper pool deck. Whatever space you think you will need, make sure to add a little more. The last thing you will want to feel while relaxing next to your pool is cramped. 


4. What else will surround your pool?

Other things you may want to add around your pool: 

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Dining space
  • Pool house
  • Pergola
  • Hot tub
  • Garden 
  • Waterfall

Only your imagination (and budget) is your limit, just make sure to think about these things first so that you can leave space for them.


5. What is your budget like? 

Size is one of the biggest factors in determining the cost of your pool and therefore your budget may help to narrow down the potential size options. Obviously, the bigger your budget the bigger your pool can be and the more features (that also require space) you can include. 


6. Who will be using the pool?  

Will it just be yourself? Or do you have a large family or even extended family? The size of your pool may need to be scaled up if you plan on frequently accommodating more users. 


7. What do you want to use it for?

Is your goal to create a relaxing oasis in your backyard? That doesn’t necessarily require too much space. All you may need is a small pool with a water feature and enough space for some lounge chairs.

If you plan on hosting lots of pool parties you should probably choose a larger swimming pool size to accommodate all of your guests. However, if you are only planning on hosting 1-2 events per year, then you don’t necessarily need a bigger pool. It is also good to keep in mind that it is rare for more than 50% of any group to all be in the pool at the same time. 

A longer and skinnier pool would be the perfect choice for those looking to swim laps. 

Families with young children, or those looking to expand their family, may want to choose a medium size pool with both a shallow end and deep end so that they can use the pool to play in as they grow up. 


Once you have figured out these initial questions about what size swimming pool is right for you, give the team at Trasolini Pools a call at 604-255-8551 to start building your dream pool.