Oval Shaped Swimming Pools Designs

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    Oval-Shaped Swimming Pool

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    Oval- and Round-Shaped Swimming Pools Curvilinear pools started showing up in the backyards of Hollywood's elite in the mid-1930s. Illustration by Thom Taylor

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    Curvilinear shapes also got their start in the backyards of Hollywood's elite. In the 1930s, pool builder-to-the-stars Philip Ilsley created a round-bottomed pool frame that was filled through a hose with concrete. Stars -- and later, fans who could afford the pools -- loved the deviation from the standard rectilinear shapes. Photos of curvy pools with their famous curvy owners popped up in magazines, whetting the public's appetite even more for these backyard luxuries. A new kind of pool was born.

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    Orders for swimming pools increased in the late 1940s during the housing and baby boom after World War II. The Paddock Engineering Co., which, according to Time Magazine in a 1947 article, built almost all of California's swimming pools (50% of those in the U.S.), designed a somewhat-affordable "People's Pool" for $2,500. In doing so, "this symbol of high living was placed within easy reach of the common man...By last week, 63 orders had been placed for People's Pools," reported the October 6, 1947-published article.

    While building houses and pools for movie stars during the 1930s in Brentwood, CA, Philip Ilsley came up with the economical construction method of creating a rounded-bottomed pool with a steel-wire mesh frame. Using a pneumatic hose to pour the concrete, Ilsley and crew were able to built a private swimmig pool in an unprecedented six days.

    The "seamless bowls" that Ilsley constructed caught on with Hollywood and eventually the postwar public, who eyed these private swimming pools in magazines and films. Not only did those who could afford it want a private pool, but a curvilinear model like the one owned by their favorite movie star. Ilsley, then, can be credited as being one of the pioneers in curvilinear pool design. One of his most notable early works was a pool in the shape of a clover.

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  • 02 of 05

    Way-Above-Ground Oval Pool

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    Pool Shapes: Ovals and Rounds Above-ground pools are often a lower-cost alternative to in-ground pools. Photo Courtesy of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.apsp.org)

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    No doubt about it: this is an above-ground pool, steps and all. Oval and round shapes have always been a popular shape for above-ground pools.

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  • 03 of 05

    Above-Ground Round Pool

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    Pool Shapes: Ovals and Rounds In the early days of above-ground pool manufacturing, most of the shape designs were round. Photo Courtesy of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.apsp.org)

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    Another curvilinear pool shape that's been popular for years is the basic round shape. Most above-ground backyard swimming pools were round during the early days of above-ground pool manufacturing. It's still a favorite.

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  • 04 of 05

    Oval Aboveground with Deck Surround

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    Swimming Pool Shapes: Ovals and Rounds With decking, it's not necessarily evident that this is an above-ground pool. Photo Courtesy of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.apsp.org)

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    While it's not completely curvilinear, this aboveground swimming pool still fits into the oval category. Ovals are one of the most popular and more traditional pool shapes. With its wooden decking, it's not immediately obvious that this pool is an aboveground style. Framed by the dark wood of the deck, the pool's oval shape really stands out.

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  • 05 of 05

    Like a Nice, Big Bathtub

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    Pool Shapes: Ovals and Rounds At first glance, this pool looks rectangular, because of the pool surround. However, the actual fiberglass shell is an oval. Photo Courtesy of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.apsp.org)

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    Fiberglass pools, like this oval-shaped in-ground, are factory formed and finished. Once the swimming pool site is excavated, the electrical and plumbing systems are installed, and sand is spread and molded in the pit to conform to the fiberglass shell. Because of its size, a crane is usually used to hoist the shell into the pit.