A swimming pool is an exciting addition to any property. Not many water features bring out the fun and cheer, the way a swimming pool does. And if constructed properly, it will be a feature that homeowners will love for years to come. But before you begin the actual construction, a lot needs to be considered, such as your needs, time, budget and most importantly – your property.
Here is a checklist of what to consider before finalising your swimming pool construction.
Why even have a pool?
This is not to dissuade you from having a swimming pool, but to help you have a clear picture of what you want from this pool, as this will affect the style, size, depth, budget, and time. Your pool can be for recreational purposes, kids, lap swimming, investment, or even as a focal point for your property. But whatever the reason, use it in a way that you can justify this expense.
Is my property up for it?
Different sites have different layouts and while some allow for an easy and more budget-friendly construction, some might not. Is your property a flat site? Or a slanted one? Flat sites are easier to build on, while slanted sites raise construction costs. Council and building regulations also play a major role in this. Contacting a pool builder is usually the best option if you’re unsure about things. Being experts, they will not only guide you but will also be able to provide you with a tentative quote and time.
Layout and placement
The placement of the pool must be such that the backyard space is utilised most efficiently. Your backyard should cater to all-year-round usage, not just the summer season. Think of your pool as another feature of your outdoor space. It should not take up more than 25% of your outer space. The rest of the area could be needed for kids’ usage, shed and trailer, clothesline, seating area, gardening, and planting features.
Keep in mind pool fencing. Consider building it against the property boundary, so you can use the existing property boundary as pool fence detail. For a house with kids, the pool should always be visible from the house. Keep in mind sun and wind exposure. Pay attention to accessibility and steps. Consider building bench seating so you can stay in the water and relax.
What kind of a pool?
In-ground pool vs above ground pool
In-ground pools offer more customisation opportunities, while also offering concrete structures which ensure durability and longevity. It’s also easier to include varying depths, and these will last longer. While above-ground pools are the more affordable option. They are easier and faster to install and can be ready in days rather than weeks. More child safe as there is no risk of inadvertently falling into the water. If you own a slanted site, these will allow for a much cheaper installation. Some people even consider semi-submerged pools as they offer the aesthetic of an above-ground pool at a cheaper price range.
Concrete or fibreglass?
Another important choice is to be made between concrete or fibreglass. Concrete pools are more durable, and customisable. They offer a range of features from custom tiling, to shapes and sizes. And they can be renovated throughout the years. But fibreglass pools are easier and quicker to install. They are also cheaper than a concrete pool and have lower maintenance. In the end, it’s a matter of personal preference.
Tiling is also an important thing to keep in mind. Keep in mind time and start earlier if you want your pool to be fully functioning for you to enjoy it in summers. Now might be the time to consider extra features, such as spas, decks, and paving. You can also customise your pool by looking into lighting options.
Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that a swimming pool is an investment, and a well-designed pool will give you back much more over the years.