A swimming pool is the epitome of summertime fun. If you’re not one of those lucky few that already has a swimming pool when you purchase your house, that doesn’t mean you can’t become one! But before you start digging, there are a few things that you should consider.
As with any home project, the first thing that you should consider is cost. Setting out a budget is important to help you determine what you can and cannot afford, and make sure that you don’t accidentally get carried away. In addition to your budget, you have to make sure that your yard is suitable for construction. If the area where you want to have your pool is sandy or rocky, there may be some building concerns.
Once you have surveyed your soil texture and set out a budget, it is important to figure out where you want your pool to be placed. Every property has zoning and building laws, such as how much of your lawn may be covered by decking. In addition to these zoning and building laws, many municipalities require that pools need to be fenced in. Power lines, such as gas, telephone, and cable, may affect where you can place your pool, as relocating these can be very costly. Also, consider that most of your time is not spent in the pool, but looking at it. How your pool will look from different points in your backyard or in your house is another thing that you may want to consider.
After this, consider the shape you want your pool to be and the amenities that you want to include. Many specialities urge to consider the landscaping and architecture of your home. This will make the look of the pool flow together with your home easily. If you are stuck on a pool shape that doesn’t necessarily match the architecture, consider having a transition area of walkways and landscaping to help with a smooth aesthetic shift. In addition, when designing the pool, consider what you might want to add to the pool. Underwater benches, swim-up bars, and areas to play water volleyball may be things you want to include in your pool. Finally, consider what material you want your pool to be lined with. There are many options, such as vinyl, plaster, and tile surfaces.
When deciding on your pool’s design, make sure to include all the backyard amenities that you want to include, even if your budget may not fit building them now. Knowing ahead of time that you want a pool house, fire pit, or an outdoor shower is beneficial so you can accommodate for the space now rather than having to use costly means later down the line to rework and find space.
Pump it Up
Lastly, you want to make sure that you are able to maintain the pool easily. A pool pump is an important part of that. It is recommended when choosing a pump that you get a variable speed pump where you can optimize the speed. These help clear debris from the pool and keep chemicals properly mixed by pushing water through the filtration system. Quality pumps can cost upwards of $1,100, which may seem like a drain to your budget. However, these pumps are well worth the investment, because they are energy efficient and help you to save money on energy bills in the long run.
Adding a swimming pool to your property might not be the easiest decision to make, but it’s definitely a fun one! Design to your heart’s desire and become the house on the block that has the most fun.