This will depend on the size of your yard and the size of the pool that you want. For example, you should probably have a minimum of 1,200 square feet of space to install a small inground pool that's around 12 feet by 24 feet (this includes around ten feet on all sides to account for setbacks and patio).
Your swimming pool should only take up about a quarter of your backyard, at most. By contrast, a pool that's smaller than a quarter of the total back yard's size may look awkwardly small, unless you use large and lush landscaping to break the expanse and make the pool area look more proportional.
Most people need between 600 and 900 square ft. of patio around a pool. That's enough room for a table and chair set, some chaise lounges, and a comfortable walking space around the perimeter of the pool.
There is a national standard that requires that all swimming pools must be at least 10 feet away from the house walls. As mentioned, this will protect electrical wiring from leaks, floods, and splashes.
It's recommended having a depth fewer than six feet to meet most pool needs. For a family of six to eight people, an 18 foot by 36-foot pool is recommended. This should be sufficient to avoid crowding and allow for the playing of games. Rectangle shaped pools look best for this size.
For a family of 8 people, a pool size of 18 by 36 feet is adequate. Even if you all decide to swim at the same time, there will be enough space for everyone. A rectangular shape is the best choice for this size of the pool. If there are six or less in your family, a pool size of 16 by 32 feet will be sufficient.
A 12x24 foot pool has a surface area that covers 288 feet, so it should be big enough for your needs based on this rough calculation.
Although not a limit, but used as a guideline, it is common to have no more than 1 swimmer per 15 square feet. If you have a 24-foot round pool you will be able to have roughly 30 swimmers.
I would say 27 is big enough if you are not going to have a deck around most of it. My 28 ft pool is almost too big to vac from the sides. The only way to do it properly is from inside the pool wich isn't a problem most of the time. We'v had lots of kids and adults in the pool and had plenty of room.
27' Above Ground Pools are the perfect fit for those with a small to mid-size family or with a reasonable amount of yard space. A 27 foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 5-6 average size adults to swim, float and play.
The 18' was plenty enough room for 2-3 people floating around and good bit of people standing, but that's it, no diving or swimming laps.
In general, the most common inground pool sizes are: 5-10 ft long (spa size) 10-15 ft.
What is a Small Pool? While the sizes and dimensions of pools vary, anything that's about 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller is typically considered a small pool. In terms of depth, three feet is standard for soaking and floating, and four to five feet and above is the best depth for lap pools.
When buying a pool, the size is very important. Any pool smaller than 15x30 feet is not big enough for your family. If you have lots of kids, go for something even bigger like a 20x40 or 25x45 square foot pool. That way you can fit all their toys in it and still have room to swim and relax with your spouse in it!
10 x 20 is considered a small in-ground pool, while a 20 x 40-foot pool is on the larger side of things.
When it comes to construction, take note: Rectangular pools typically cost more than curved pools. The reason why is increased perimeter footage. Rectangles may require more square footage in a backyard.
A rectangular 7m or 8m is the most common size families with up to 4 kids go for and is plenty big enough. If the kids have flown the coop, think of future grandkids who will love a shallow end at first and deep end as they grow older. Keep in mind the future buyer of your home should you sell.
If your outdoor space is small, you may be wondering if you can swim laps in a 30-foot pool. While it is possible to accommodate exercising with this size, it can be less desirable from the constant turning around when swimming laps.
If your backyard space is smaller than 1,200 square feet, you may still be able to get an inground pool, but it likely will not be bigger than 12 feet by 24 feet.
The depth and length of the swimming pool should be 5 feet and 25 feet if you want to have swim laps in it. Most people are satisfied with the standard depths of 3-5 feet in a pool with multiple depths but it cannot be a right decision if you and your spouse's height are not suitable to those pool depths.
It will be a snug fit. If I go with a 21ft pool, it will be no problem. Obviously I would have 1 1/2ft extra from the septic and property line. That would give a foot more away from the pine trees.
At 18 feet wide, 48 inches in height and loaded with great accessories, the Intex Metal Frame Set Pool is great for making a splash in the warm weather.