If you’re dreaming about a backyard swimming pool, you are not alone. If you maybe feel a little overwhelmed about getting started on the whole process, you’re also not alone. With all the options out there, it’s easy to get caught up in all the little details. Of course, those will be important later, but for now, here are three simple decisions you can make to get the ball rolling. 

How The Pool Will Be Used

Regardless of what your dream pool may look like, you have to be realistic about how it will be used. Do you want a pool for serious swimming? A place to cool off and take a relaxing dip? Are you adding it for ambiance and appearance? A combination of all three? Also, it’s important to note how many people will be using the pool. Take the time to really consider how you (and others in the household) will want to use the pool. As varied as the opinions may be, expert pool designers like ours at The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island are able to accommodate almost any want and desire.

What Shape Of Pool You Want

Once you know how the swimming pool will be used, you can begin to consider the type of pool that you want. It is entirely possible to have a freeform or geometric pool that can both act as a lap pool and as a place to lounge. Picture your dream pool and come up with some rough ideas of what you want (i.e. crisp hard lines versus soft and more natural curves) and a pool designer will help you design the best pool for you. Of course, if you have no idea where to even start, our pool designers can help there too. 

Where the Pool Will Be Installed

There are quite a few things to be considered when choosing where a pool will be located. Some of these considerations include:

  • Privacy
  • The dynamics of the land it’s being built on
  • The proximity of the pool to the home
  • The amount of sun the pool will receive during the day

Homeowners have a lot of say in terms of where their pool will be installed, but depending on a number of environmental factors, some adjustments may need to be made. Have a general location in mind when meeting with your pool designer, but be prepared to be a little flexible just in case. 

Rhode Island Vinyl Liner Pool Experts

All the little details will be important later. But for now, it’s important to focus on the basics because they will have a big effect on decisions made down the line. So, how you plan on using the pool, what general shape/style of pool you want, and where you want the pool are enough to begin the pool building process. Again, having no idea what you want and simply coming to us is also perfect! 

Contact us today for any questions about building a pool or to schedule a design consultation.  


The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end. 

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at splashtime.com or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.