A personal, private pool is a well-loved and highly appealing feature for any backyard! Pools increase property value as well as offering a place of relaxation, socializing, and overall entertainment. However, pools also come with a list of things one should be prepared for before making such a commitment. If you are considering installing a backyard pool into your outdoor property, consider the following steps and requirements.
Planning Your Budget
The first thing that is absolutely necessary to plan well is your budget. The construction of the pool will take up the largest chunk of your funding, but even beyond the designing, digging, pouring and filling of your pool will be the maintenance and upkeep costs that add up quickly. Thoroughly research exactly how much you should expect to pay for every element of your pool installation and maintenance process and create a secure budget. Additionally, you should pad your budget substantially to allow for any unforeseen costs or repairs. Poor planning for the financial needs of a pool may result in an unfinished, unusable, unproductive feature in your yard.
Your property location may have rules regarding pool installation! These rules are serious and should not be disregarded or ignored as an “unnecessary” hoop to jump through—in fact, some locations may demand that construction be halted or that any progress made be unmade if the owner does not have the proper permission or documentation of pool ownership. In order to learn about your location’s regulations for pools, contact your local homeowner’s association (HOA) as well as city officials. Permits are not difficult to get, they simply require a few guidelines for the pool’s parameters to keep you, your neighbors, and the city safe. And before you set your heart on a pool, keep in mind that your location may make you ineligible for a pool at all.
Hiring Pool Installers
Hiring contractors is another aspect of your pool that can make or break the process and the product. Make sure that the contractors you look into have the proper certification before even considering them seriously for your business. Ask for references from other people or for testimonials from previous clients. Don’t rush the researching process! Read all the material they give you and consider going over any contracts with a consultant to ensure that the policies and expectations are fair. Finally, get any contractual expectations in writing, so that you have evidence of the pre-established decisions for both parties.
The Construction Process
Your contractors will handle the majority of the construction process. However, it is important that you remain present and available during construction so that you can address concerns or roadblocks that come up. This is a complex process requiring a variety of different materials, equipment, and work! Once the design is in place, the pool must be dug out deep enough to allow for the pipes, concrete, and electrical outfitting of your pool as well as the pool itself. Each of those elements must be installed safely to prevent future (costly) issues from arising.
Getting the tools and equipment into your yard for the installation can also be a frustration or concern for many property owners, but contractors have access to innovative equipment that solves such problems. For example, concrete pump trucks can easily reach over your fence and other obstacles on your property. Don’t let your concerns over “how” prevent you from getting the “what” that you want!
Designing the Pool
Pools can come in an endless variety of sizes, shapes, colors, materials, and depths. Design your pool to reflect the style of your yard, as well as the kinds of activities you intend to use your pool for. Consider the kinds of siding you can use for aesthetic purposes (tiles, smooth stone, rougher rock) to match the mood of your backyard. The number of people you expect to be using your pool will help you determine the sizing of your pool as well, including the deepest point! For example, it may be wise to make a family pool a gradient in depth so that it offers a safe and fun depth for everyone. Casual, individual hangouts may be served better with a small pool or jacuzzi. The best pool for you will be a combination of design elements made entirely by you!
Designing Space for the Pool
The surroundings of your pool should also be a part of your design plans! First, make sure that you have enough space for your pool so that it does not overwhelm or crowd your space, and is not awkwardly placed. Additionally, consider what kind of landscaping you want to have around your pool. You need a solid, safe surface for maneuvering around your pool, but you may also want or benefit from a grassy area, garden, or patio furniture to add some more things to do and more things to see. Especially if you plan to host parties, having other features around your pool will make the whole backyard feel like a place to hang out.
Think About Add-Ons
The pool itself can have some fun and interesting features that you may want to install now or in the future. Fountains and waterfalls are gorgeous and unique additions that are as enjoyable to admire as to experience in the water. Lighting is another fun addition you might consider for your pool! Color changing lights can set a mood or make a pool more fascinating and fun for everyone (especially kids). If you want the chance to install any of these things in the future, make sure you prepare your pool for those things now!
Finally, you want to make sure that your pool is a safe space for yourself and your visitors! Make sure that the perimeter of your pool is made of a surface that is rough enough to provide some traction for yourself and others to prevent dangerous slips. You should also install a bar at all steps and ladders to ensure sufficient balance for people getting in or out of the water. Devote some special attention to your pool coverings as well, especially if children live in or around your home—these can be particularly dangerous, so barriers around the pool or alarms for covering disruption and movement may be an important safety precaution to include!
Being aware of and prepared for every factor will ensure your addition of a backyard pool is a fun, rewarding project, not a disappointment. In every way, make sure to plan ahead and be thorough. Then you can enjoy your pool and anything around it without worry!
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