If you’re ready to commit to purchasing a pool for your back yard, congratulations! Pools not only add value to your home, they are special places that allow for relaxing escapes, family fun, and outdoor entertainment.
But, before you break ground, you need to decide on a design, and that takes careful planning. Swimming pools come in a variety of sizes and types, so you’ll need to decide not only what you want, but what will work best for your backyard and your lifestyle. Taking the larger picture into consideration will help you select the right swimming pool design for your home.
As you get started on your design process, here are a few things to consider to make sure you choose the right swimming pool for your home.
What’s Your Budget?
Budget is important, first and foremost. Working within what is reasonable will allow you to close in on options that will work best for you, while also taking some stress out of the buying experience. Pools come at different price points and even allow for various bells and whistles that can be slowly added over time in many cases.
Try to factor in pool landscapers [NV1] when you are budgeting as well. These professionals can be invaluable in helping you zero in on what will work best in your backyard and within your budget. Speaking of landscaping:
Take a Look at Your Environment
While weighing what type of swimming pool layout will work in your space, examine your surroundings. Your back yard may already be landscaped and you may want to find a pool that will add to what already exists. Your house is also an element of your back yard, so take the time to look at it and imagine what might be best suited to accentuate its features. A more modern building might be perfect for a pool built with clean straight lines. A more traditional house might be best suited to a different, more organic look.
How Much Room Do You Have?
Take measurements of your backyard and think about how to best use the space to maximise what is possible. If you have a smaller area to work with, a pool that can be placed along a back wall, which allows you to economise by using an existing fence.
Also, think about other “zones” so the actual pool doesn’t take up the entire square footage of your yard. Remember to leave room for lounging or entertaining. This might mean you may need to consider a smaller pool, but it will make the entire area more “livable”.
Take into consideration as well the terrain of your back yard (is it rather flat, or on a slope?). This may affect the landscape surrounding the finished product, and/or the ultimate size potential of the pool itself.
How Will You Use Your Pool?
People have different uses for their pool, and the shape and style you choose will be impacted on your lifestyle. While families might like deep and shallow swimming areas, with more curves and elements such as water features or sunpods, others may love the idea of having a pool that’s much more suited to swimming laps. There are also plunge and courtyard styles that are perfect for lounging if your ideal goal is to have a place to kick back and relax.
Consider Maintenance Costs
Maintenance comes at a cost and pools need a little bit of TLC. Over time, costs accrue to cover pool chemicals, water testing kits, skimmers, covers and a vacuum. If you’re investing in a heating system, keep in mind that there will ultimately be a bit of a higher energy bill as well. Work these items into your overall budget to get a sense of longer-term costs.
Once you’ve zeroed in on the style of your new pool, our pool professionals at Narellan Pools can help you assess what models will best suit your vision. We can help you navigate the variety of options to ensure your pool fits with your family’s needs and your sense of style.