Personally, I have always liked perfectly simple rectangular pools with grass up to the edge (practicality is not my strong suit).
But I also think that looks best on very flat land, and in a formal setting.
For the house in Maine, we have a large wonderful lawn, but it undulates from the verandah down to the edge of the ocean. Where we have decided to place the pool is pretty close to the ocean. The are is bordered on one side by an old stone wall, one side by the neighbor's cedar split rail fence and on side by beach grass vegetation. The fourth side we will probably repeat the split rail fence.
I believe this site calls for a free form pool. I like this one (though the boulders, not so much)
We put in a pool 14 years ago in our Montclair house, but it was very formal. We had a grey painted gunite, to make it more natural looking and I really like that. We had blue mosaic tile (eh).
So, what do you think about the shape? BTW i know usage dictates shape, fyi we don't want anyone diving and we don't want to make it too deep because you figure in Maine, even in the very south of Maine where we are, you will have to heat it alllllll the time.
Any tile ideas? I don't want anything overwrought, but 2x2 cobalt, a bit boring.
I'd also appreciate any other pool tips. The pool forum is mostly tumbleweeds it seems.
Thanks in advance.