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Small Inground Fiberglass Pool Design Awards for 2010


elegance fiberglass pool modelOne of my favorite parts of maintaining a blog about the fiberglass pool industry is the chance I have to look at the unique designs that manufacturers are coming up with as the industry progresses. Last year, we posted another very successful article regarding the top fiberglass pool designs of 2009 but this year I wanted to break things down even further and take this opportunity to solely focus on the ‘little guys' of the industry and analyze what makes some of these small inground pools (anything less than 30' in length) such a unique design.

Also, I want to point out here that I have looked at all the major fiberglass pool manufacturers (San Juan, Leisure, Barrier Reef, Sun, Trilogy, Hatteras, American, Royal, and Alaglass) in an effort to pick which designs I like the best. (Note** With their current financial and quality control issues, I could not in good conscience consider Viking Pool Products for these awards) I'd also stress that all of these awards are my personal opinion and just because some manufacturers are not mentioned does not mean they do not build a good pool or do not have some nice small pool designs. Again, awards are simply a matter of personal preference, so here goes:

Best Small Kidney Shaped Fiberglass Pool

This award goes to the Picasso model made by Trilogy Pools. I really, really like this pool because of its use of a large tanning ledge integrated into the kidney design. Trilogy is well known throughout the industry for their innovative approach to fiberglass pools and the Picasso is a perfect example of their vision.

Best Small Fiberglass Pool with a Spa Combo

San Juan is well known for their original designs and the Mandalay Bay model is certainly no exception to the rule. With its free-form shape, combined with the fact that it has a separate tanning ledge as well as an attached spa, San Juan packed just about every feature they could in this 12'x28' swimming pool.

Classiest Small Pool Design

The Elegance model by Leisure (14'x27') is certainly indicative of its name. Although the shape is essentially a simple rectangle, Leisure adroitly added a small, rectangular-shaped bump-out step/bench on one of the long sides of the pool. This simple addition added quite a classy feel to the design, making the name ‘Elegance' quite a fitting and appropriate one.

Flat Bottom Pool

Aloha fiberglass pools takes this award with their Palm model, an 11'x25' rectangular shaped pool with quite a large bench spanning the length of one side. If you're looking for a small, flat-bottom pool with a lot of seating, the Palm is a great route to take.

Free Form Design

With its natural curve appeal and large tanning ledge, the Vista Isle (12'x28') by Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pool takes this award.

Most Unique Design

Although there are certainly many small fiberglass pool shapes and designs that could be considered unique, I'd give this award to Sun Pools for their 12'x24' South Beach model. This key-shaped design has three unique entry point/benches and certainly has an original feel to its appearance.

So there are my small inground pool awards for 2010. As I mentioned earlier, I happily invite questions and comments below and remind everyone to subscribe to future articles like this one in the upper right hand portion of this page.

If you liked this article, you may also want to read our post on the Best Small Pools for Small Yards.

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You've listed a lot of good looking shapes! In our area we don't have a large demand for many small pools, but when I get asked for one again I'll be sure to look back to this article. I sold a Palm model pool several years ago that ended up looking great. With everything being on the web these days I've met with more customers lately who tell me they've already found the perfect shape and that's all they seem to care about. I think future fiberglass pool customers need to remember that it's not all about the shape. The quality of the pool and the quality of the installer is just as important as finding a shape that you like. Thanks again for another great article Marcus!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:00 PM by Todd Emmerson
Great to hear from you Todd. Hopefully you guys over there at Signature in Chicago will have a tremendous year!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:42 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Wow! I know each of these pools and I agree with you. I've installed tile for every manufacturer you mentioned except Leisure. Thank you for your valuable input of information for the fiberglass pool industry.
Posted @ Thursday, April 08, 2010 3:56 PM by Robert Ault
Hey Bob, thanks so much for your kind words, they mean a lot coming from a professional like yourself that has been in this industry for such a long time.
Posted @ Thursday, April 08, 2010 8:51 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We just had a fiberglass pool installed. The finished it on 9/22/11. I have some contractors at the house today working on my porch and the commented on how nice the pool looked but they said something that made me very nervous and upset. We had an existing patio and we have the pool put off the 4ft so they poured concrete there to meet the existing deck. The new poured concrete slopes quite a bit downward toward the pool. I questioned this at the time, right after the deck was dry and was told it was fine. These men today say that it is not. That all the rain and water should go away from the pool not into it. Can you advise. The guys today said that all the excess water that may come from a bad raining season would actually make the pool come lose and float - yikes. What should I do?
Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2011 12:53 PM by Jane
Hi Jane. I certainly don't see your pool floating, but you could have problems. What should have been installed was a deck drain somewhere in the middle of the deck, that way the water ran away from the house and ran away from the pool.  
I hope you're able to get it right! 
Good luck 
Posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:45 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Thanks for all of the terrific information! These are all great small pools. Is there such a thing as a small pool with a flat bottom that is at least 5 and preferably 6ft deep? Many of us like to exercise in the pool and the best way to jog is with an aqua belt that will keep you from hitting the bottom but you still need the pool to be deep enough. Thanks!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 08, 2012 2:55 PM by Barb
I had a Leisure Pools Sorrento fiberglass spa (8' diameter) installed in 2010, with the patio around it finished in 2012. I thought I was getting a quality product, but this Spring I see that there is a 2-1/2' area showing cracks in the gel coat extending 5" into the spa. My patio contractor said the bullnose pavers should overlap only the lower outside edge of the spa, not the 3" gel-coated top lip. The manufacturer is denying all warranty coverage, claiming the paver contractor had to cover the the top lip completely with pavers to avoid freeze-related damage. I think that is humbug, an excuse to avoid making right a manufacturing defect. I also had the spa edg3 covered each winter. It's only three years old, and I cannot believe that damage like this is not a manufacturing defect. What say you?
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