The preparation phase is the most important part of building a pool. A landscape designer or pool contractor can walk you through the design process, but it helps to have a general idea of what you want. Here are some things to consider before you decide to build a pool.
First, you need to ask what is the purpose for the pool? A pool intended for backyard entertaining could look a lot different than one meant for fitness swimming. If the pool is meant more for backyard entertaining, who is using the pool comes into play. Shallow areas may be included for younger kids, extra grab rails for more elderly people, tanning ledges for sun worshippers, and deep areas for activities such as diving.
Another thing to consider is if your yard is suitable for a pool. Different soil conditions and other ground factors can present unique building concerns. Also, a high-water table can significantly increase the construction costs of a pool. Sometimes a site also won’t work because of inaccessibility issues. Heavy machinery generally needs an eight-foot-wide path to get to the site and dig hole for the pool.
The location of the pool is another big aspect to consider. Zoning and building laws for your property may affect the layout and size of where your pool can go. Many cities require fencing around a pool, and water runoff must also be considered. Utilities such as gas and electric may also affect a pool’s location. Maximizing sun while minimizing wind exposure is another factor to think about when choosing the location. Something else to be considered is how the pool will be viewed from the rest of the house when it is not in use. Many factors will go into the decision of where the pool should be located.
Specific features and other backyard amenities should be considered before you build a pool. Lighting and type of cover are some things that need to be thought of. Also, plan so that you may add to your ideal poolscape. If the budget doesn’t allow for things like a pool house, outdoor kitchen, firepit, or gazebo, they can be added later without tearing up a good chunk of your existing poolscape.
Also, you can start to look at what materials you want to use. Pavers versus concrete around the pool deck is a common decision that must be made, which can come down to the look versus the cost.
Finally, you must figure out who will build the pool. Find a pool builder who is committed to superior design and quality construction. Ask for referrals from friends that have pools you like. Also, make sure there are open lines of communication to eliminate any “surprises” during the building process and that everything goes smoothly. After all, this is going to be your pool for you and your family and friends to enjoy for years to come!