How to design the ultimate plunge pool

With land becoming more valuable and yards generally getting smaller we find that plunge pools are becoming more popular. My recollection of a plunge pool as a youngster was a very deep 1m x 1m pool that was freezing cold and you jumped in it after a sauna to cool off. Nowadays plunge pools are a lot more versatile and can provide year round enjoyment to the family.

Here are some tips:

Size: Typically with a small pool the most common sizes we build are 4m x 3m and 5m x 2m. That aside, as with all concrete pools, the size is flexible. Work out what best fits your area, lifestyle and family. Depths are also important. We find that with small pools, a flat bottom is most practical so it does not become steep. A deep pool can be great to jump in and exercise, but not relaxing if you have to tread water all the time. Shallow pools can be good for kids and easy to heat.

A Big Spa: Your plunge pool can be used all year round as a big spa. An advantage of having a smaller pool is that it can be easier to heat to high temperatures and include all of the features of a conventional spa like jets and bubblers. You can also add swim jets for those who like to exercise.

Seats and Benches: As well as entry steps it can be great to include some large underwater seats or ledges to lay on and relax. These are great when coupled with the spa effects mentioned above.

Heating: Think about when you want to use the pool. If it is all year round you will need a gas heater, if summer only, solar is great.

Features: A well designed plunge pool can be enjoyed every day of the year as a water feature. Add water walls, spillways, feature tiling and lighting to provide that relaxing oasis you desire. Don’t be afraid to use bold colours to make a statement..



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