For most people, having a swimming pool is a dream come true. Being able to take a plunge any time you feel like it is something to look forward to at the end of every tiring workday.
If you’re finally turning that dream into reality, congratulations! After saving up for that dream project, don’t let it go to waste by not considering the most essential factors when designing your swimming pool.
Maximizing Your Home Pool Investment
Anything you add or change in your home is considered an investment. That being said, you need thorough planning and designing if you want your pool to be as useful and as satisfying as you expect it to be.
Here are some things to consider when designing your swimming pool:
- The Type Of Pool
There are several types of pools to choose from. The type of pool will heavily affect the design that you want.
One popular type of swimming pool is the above-ground pool. This is considered the most economical choice and also what you’d usually see in your friends’ or families’ yard. The advantage of this type of pool is the flexibility that you have when designing them. They also come in various shapes and sizes, making them suitable for yards of all sizes. The Watson’s above ground swimming pool, for example, can be constructed with a patio or deck around it. Above-ground pools are also easy to assemble and disassemble on your own.
Other types of pools to choose from include:
- In-ground pools: These are pools that are directly and permanently constructed into the landscape and also comes in different varieties. The most popular ones are fiberglass, vinyl-liner, and concrete.
- Infinity pools: This type of pool is usually situated in areas that feature a magnificent view, such as bodies of water or mountains. An infinity pool’s design is highly specialized, making it very costly to build and difficult to maintain.
- Lap pools: Lap pools are usually built for people who are fitness-conscious. Since they’re designed for swimming laps, they’re usually rectangular, long, and narrow.
Where do you plan on building the pool? Most homeowners have their swimming pools located in their yards. If that’s what you’re planning to do, make sure the yard is big enough to accommodate the design you’re conceptualizing for your pool. You may need to also check with the municipal office for building regulations concerning pool fencing requirements, site coverage allowances, and also the proximity of utilities, such as water lines, electrical, and gas.
The location you’ll be choosing for the pool is crucial because there’s no possibility to relocate it soon or in the near future. Hence, you need to make sure that the location fits all your requirements as the property owner.
The decision to put additional features or aesthetics is also another factor that’ll affect the location. For instance, are you planning to add an outdoor kitchen or maybe a pool bar around it? If so, consider the location if it’s near the back of the house or close to structures that can provide ample shade and warmth.
You may also want to consider how the view will look from the pool and even from inside the house. If you want the water to stay generally warm, the location must get adequate sun exposure. As much as possible, build the pool away from large trees to avoid leaves from dropping into the water often.
Before designing your pool, you should also take into consideration the purpose of you wanting to have one. Is it mainly for recreational purposes? Do you want one because you aim to improve the overall aesthetic design of your property? If you’re building a pool because your children enjoy swimming so much, then you should highly consider a design that’s suitable for kids in general.
If you’ve determined a purpose, you can clearly identify the other factors such as the shape, size, and depth of the pool.
You shouldn’t forget one important factor when designing your swimming pool: your budget. Do note that building a pool doesn’t only involve the cost of building the pool itself, but more so, the cost of maintaining it over time.
With this in mind, you should also consider the materials you’ll be using for your design. Some of the most popular materials for pool construction are fiberglass composite and concrete. These materials aren’t only affordable but also easy to maintain.
Swimming pools are a nice touch and can add significant value to your home. Before designing and building one, make sure you consider all the factors mentioned above to make sure that your investment is a worthy one.
Aside from choosing the type of pool, you also need to identify your purpose in building one. Consider the location, as well as your budget not just in building it but also when maintaining the pool over time.