Buying a pool can be a complicated process due to the numerous choices available. A pool can make or break your home. Building a pool is an investment that requires careful planning. Renovating a pool is a difficult and unworthy activity. Therefore, it is important that you get the pool building activity right in the first stage itself. We guide you with some tips on how to go about the planning process.
Once you have decided to install a pool, you will have to do plenty of research on pool builders, materials, construction, design, size, shape, etc. The internet and your family and friends can be good sources of information. It is always better to get firsthand information from pool owners about the pros and cons of construction and owning a pool.
2. Backyard and soil conditions
The size of your backyard will greatly impact the size of your pool. A low-lying or uneven backyard may require an above-ground pool. Pools can be above ground or inground. Your backyard needs to have space for men and machinery to move around. A level square backyard is ideal for pool construction. You will also have to take into account your neighbor's boundary wall and privacy issues while deciding the spot for your pool. The spot for your pool should be in an area where there are no trees or overhanging branches. Overhanging branches will drop insects, fruits and leaves into the pool and make pool cleaning difficult. Clear your intended spot. Trim any branches and clear any underground tree stubs.
The soil conditions play a big role during the excavation process. Certain types of soil make excavation difficult. It is better to get your soil tested before you begin construction to prevent delays in construction at a later stage.
3. Size and shape of your pool
You should have a clear idea about the size and shape of your pool. You may be tempted to construct a large pool but remember that large pools require more maintenance. Go through various design magazines to get an idea about the trendy pool shapes and sizes.
You should also be clear on the shape of your pool. The work of the pool builder becomes easier if the client has a clear idea about the size and shape of the pool. Finalize two to three shapes before you visit a pool builder. Some sizes may not be conducive to your budget or location.
4. Function of your pool
Swimming pools can have a variety of functions. It can be used for exercises, diving, recreation, party venue or to improve the aesthetic value of the house. Sit with your family and decide why you want the pool?
The utility of a pool has a major impact on the size and shape of the pool. If you want your pool for aesthetic value, then a small pool will be ideal. You will require large, deep pools if you want your pool for diving or swimming laps. A shallow pool with pre-fitted ledges will be ideal as party spots.
5. Fixing the budget
Set aside a certain amount of money for the construction of the pool. You should also make provisions for pool maintenance. Concrete pools take a longer time to install and may overshoot the budget. Fibreglass pools cost less for construction and maintenance.
6. Finding the pool builder
Finding a reputable pool builder is half the battle won. Good pool builders can correctly guide you in every aspect of pool building. They can also suggest the latest techniques in construction, lighting and disinfection. Pool builders can also foresee possible problems due to their experience. A good pool builder will explain the advantages and disadvantages of your choices made regarding material and construction. Your friends or family may be able to recommend a good pool builder for you. You can also contact your local Newcastle Pool Builder to discuss any questions you might have.
7. Material of the pool
Traditionally concrete was the only option for pool construction. Now vinyl and fibreglass materials are available. Each material has its pros and cons. Carefully consider the installation, resurfacing and maintenance costs of all the materials before arriving at a final decision.
8. Building regulations
There may be regulations regarding fencing requirements or water use in your area. Your pool builder will know the latest rules. But it is always a good idea to keep oneself informed about any restrictions on pool construction.
9. Water features, plants and lighting
There are infinite choices when it comes to water features, lighting and landscaping. Some water features can be installed only at the time of construction. Others can be installed later on. You can build a pool complete with a dining area, outdoor kitchen, jacuzzi and infrared sauna. If your budget does not permit the installation of all the water features during construction, then you can make provision for those features and install them at a later date. It is better to make a list of all the water features and other paraphernalia that you want in the pool area.
Portable fire pits can be installed at any time. But if you want custom-made fire pits in the center of the pool, then it is better to make them during the construction stage. Similarly, provision for light fixtures should be made at the construction stage.
You can also choose plants for landscaping. But be careful to choose plants that do not shed too many leaves. They can make cleaning your pool difficult.
10. Energy conservation
You have environment-friendly alternatives for heating, lighting and sanitizing the pool. Saltwater chlorinators, Ozone purifiers and UV pool systems are the latest in pool sanitizers. Your pool builder will help you to choose a sanitizing method best suited to your pool.
LED lights last longer and consume less energy as compared to halogen lights. If space and climate permits, then solar pumps can be used for pool heating. Variable speed pumps are more efficient as compared to single speed pumps. You have a lot of choices in energy-efficient pumps. Electric pool heat pumps and solar pool heat pumps can cost more during installation, but they recover the costs in the long run.