With their primary focus being exercise, the lap pool design is becoming more popular amongst individuals interested in the health benefits they have to offer. 

Originating in California, lap pools became popular after the 1970s when a focus on health became more prevalent. With clean and sleek designs, these pools are engineered to fit into tight spaces and are ideal for people who do not have the space to accommodate regular size pools. 

As Vancouver’s swimming pool contractors, we have found that lap pools are aiding in the fitness and health goals of swim enthusiasts as well as adding aesthetic value to the homes of Vancouverites. 

6 benefits of having a lap pool 

  1. They do not require as much space as a traditional pool – they can fit in narrow lots and small backyards. 
  2. They add a unique design element to your home and especially complement modern designed homes. 
  3. They provide easy access to exercise. You can live with the convenience of walking outside and avoiding community pool schedules for lap swims. 
  4. Swimming can help boost your mood by decreasing anxiety, stress and depression. 
  5. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that doesn’t put any pressure on your joints or bones and is ideal for anyone with arthritis. 
  6. Swimming is a form of aerobic exercise, which increases strength and cardiovascular rates, and the resistance from the water helps with building muscle strength. 

What to consider when building a lap pool

Lap pools are mainly used for swimming laps, although they can be used for play, as well. The ideal dimensions for these pools are: 

  • at least 45 feet long 
  • 8 feet wide

They have clean, sleek designs, usually parallel to the house or against a long wall and can be built both inside and outside the home. 

They are also perfect sitting right next to a hot tub: They run about the width of a hot tub, so design-wise, they fit in perfectly and are great for a cool dip right before a soak. 

Here are 3 key questions to consider for your design

  1. How will you design your pool deck around the length of the pool?
  2. What materials will you use? 
  3. Will it be outside in your garden surrounded by grass, concrete, or wood? 

These are all things you’ll want to consider based on your pool’s location and objective. 

Will you be using your pool year-round? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider adding a heater for the cooler winter months. 

Not completely sure what you would like your backyard swimming pool to look like? Get inspired by these pool designs to see which is right for you.