Swimming pools make great additions to a property, especially when you or your loved ones love frolicking in the water.
However, you have to first be aware of certain factors before you dive deep (pun intended) into your pool project.
From deciding on what kind or design of the pool that you want to secure the services of expert swimming pool builders, read on and discover helpful tips to get you chilling and swimming in no time.
If you want to have your own aquatic haven right in your own home, then you can’t just dip your toes in, so to speak. You have to make sure you have fully immersed yourself in the whole scenario of owning one.
Sure, it’s thrilling to have your own pool where you can lounge and splash around anytime you feel like it. However, pool ownership also entails responsibility. So when you are toying with the idea of having a swimming pool, it is best to do some careful thinking and thorough planning.
You have to look at it from different angles and see if you can really commit to this home improvement project. Adding a pool to your home can make or break the value of your property, too.
Before you go and take the plunge, it would be prudent if you at least have a basic idea of the things involved. You don’t just need to decide on the type or design, you also have to consider things like plumbing, landscaping, ensuring that your contractor uses waterproof paint on applicable surfaces, and other building, cleaning, maintenance, and upgrading factors.
It would also be wise if you can secure the services of a master swimming pool builder. Look for one that has years of experience in constructing pools as well as creating a beautifully landscaped area around it.
To help you tread carefully into your swimming pool project, we have put together some salient tips that will help you decide and properly build a spectacular swimming pool:
1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
Do you want a hot tub, a lap pool, or a full-on spa? What is the size and shape that you have in mind? Is it an indoor or outdoor pool?
There are plenty of designs and types of swimming pools to choose from. In fact, it is easy for you to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of designs and materials out there. There are concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl pools. There are above-ground pools and in-ground pools. You can even opt for resort-style infinity pools.
To help you decide on what you want, you have to first identify the purpose.
Why do you want a swimming pool? Are you the type who wants swimming as a part of your exercise regimen?
Then perhaps a lap pool will do. If you have small kids who are not yet fully trained to swim, then maybe you can include a wading pool in your design.
If being around water relaxes you and helps you stay calm, then a pool with a hot tub can help massage away the worries of the day.
2. SET A BUDGET
A swimming pool is an investment that you have to decide on carefully. A properly designed pool can add value to your property whereas a one that has been haphazardly and poorly made can do the opposite.
You should also consider how long you are going to stay in that property. Are you going to stay in that house for good or do you have plans of selling it in the future?
Aside from the initial investment that you will be shelling out for the pool, you also have to take account of the maintenance costs. Depending on what kind of swimming pool you like, you have to be ready to finance it.
You don’t want to scrimp on a swimming pool because, for one, you don’t want to risk your safety. Secondly, should you decide to sell your property, you want the swimming pool to contribute to upping the ante in terms of value.
3. DISCUSS, AGREE, FINALIZE
If you live alone, then you’ll have to decide on the design of your swimming pool on your own. However, if you are living with a partner, or your family, then you need to consider their thoughts and feelings about the pool project, too.
For example, including your family in the design or decision process may help in having a pool that will be enjoyed by everyone in the house. If the money that will be used for building the pool will come from a joint account, then it would only be respectful to also discuss it with the other party.
You also need to consider the specific needs of other family members who will use the pool. For example, the elderly might use it for therapeutic purposes, or you may have young kids who’ll need a shallow pool they can use safely with adult supervision. These considerations will affect both the design and cost of building the pool.
4. BE AWARE OF LEGALITIES
Before you build a pool, make sure that you are aware of the zoning laws and other community or housing rules that apply. Ensure that you are not breaking any regulations before you set out creating your swimming haven.
There are cities or housing communities that are very strict when it comes to liability and maintenance rules.
5. THINK ABOUT TECHNICAL STUFF
It is also very important to know about the technical factors that will affect how you will enjoy your pool. This includes considerations as to your current plumbing and water lines. You might also consider adding other features such as a cascading waterfall, dynamic jets, or underwater lighting. Add-ons such as water and lighting features must be thought of beforehand to avoid messy, time-consuming, and costly renovations.
It is also crucial that you choose the correct water circulation system to ensure that your pool water remains clean and fresh. A reputable swimming pool contractor will be able to recommend the best one based on your requirements.
6. REMEMBER THE LANDSCAPING
Part of a glorious swimming pool experience is the environment. Having a setting that is both pleasing to the eyes and soothing for the soul can greatly enhance your pool encounters.
Don’t forget to include the landscape design in your pool project. Whether you’re after creating a coastal, modern, or rustic vibe, the landscaping will surely create an ambiance that will round out your swimming pool fantasies.
7. CHOOSE THE BEST CONTRACTOR
When you want a pool that satisfies all your personal requirements, then it is important to seek the services of an established contractor. The experience and expertise of swimming pool specialists will ensure that you have a proper pool that is safe and fun to use.
It will also be advantageous if you choose a swimming pool contractor that can also offer maintenance services for your swimming pool and garden landscaping. This way, you’ll only be dealing with one company.
TIME TO MAKE A SPLASH
Make sure you consider the above tips before you decide to start your pool building project. Thoughtfully plan out the steps, weigh the pros and cons, and go for a reliable pool contractor.
By following these tips, you can dive into your pool project with confidence.
Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors, and Civils Division.
Guest Contributor: Rachel Hennessy