You don’t have to be a Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky to enjoy a backyard pool dedicated to lap swimming
You can perfect your backstroke in the comfort of your own backyard with the help of a lap pool, designed just like a racing lane.
Is a lap pool for you? It’s a good project for you if you love swimming, are looking for an in-home setup for laps or are interested in a low-impact workout.
Whom to hire: A pool and spa contractor to install (some installers also offer design services). You also may want to hire a landscape architect to integrate the space with your home or its surroundings.
Best time to do this project: If you’re in a cold climate, it’s easier to build an inground pool when the ground isn’t frozen.
Type: A traditional lap pool can be installed in or above the ground, and stretches across a long and narrow space.
Size: A traditional lap pool is a minimum of 8 feet wide, 30 to 40 feet long and 4 to 6 feet deep.
Permit: Check your local building codes for pool permit specifics in your area.
Typical project length: This depends on the type of pool you’re installing. It could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks or months.
Cost: A traditional inground lap pool can run from $60,000 to $100,000 and up, depending on additional customizations. Check with local pool installers and designers for cost estimates in your area.
Modern Pool, original photo on Houzz
Burr & McCallum Architects, original photo on Houzz
Lake Flato Architects, original photo on Houzz
Situated on the banks of Lake Austin, this luxurious Texas home was built for outdoor fun and entertaining. An exterior boardwalk connects structures throughout the home and extends over an integrated 75-foot lap pool near the entrance.
Noxon Giffen, original photo on Houzz
A white interior and dark blue tiles brighten the space that houses this indoor lap pool on a renovated farmhouse property in Melbourne, Australia.
Canny Design, original photo on Houzz
This outdoor space in Australia includes a lap pool, spa, water feature and children’s pool. Each swimming space is individually heated via remote iPad and iPhone technology.
Contemporary Pool, original photo on Houzz
Influenced by traditional Japanese design, this pool house in Whitefish, Montana, includes an infinity-edge pool, soaking tub, shoji screens and a rain shower.