There is something about the warm summer days that make most people crave a trip to the pool. Maybe it is to simply cool off from the hot and humid Ohio summer days or just to hang out poolside with friends. Often times if you do not live in a condo or apartment complex you do not have a pool that you can go to free of charge therefore many opt to building their own pools for the convenience and luxury. If you are thinking of building a pool at your home there are a few considerations you should make before you begin the process.
#1 Create a Wishlist & Set a Budget
Research is so important when it comes to investing in something big like a swimming pool because it is permanent! With technology changing all the time it is best to see what new features, techniques, and other innovations are out there, especially if you want the best there is to offer. After you figure out that aspect of it, gather pictures of what you want it to look like, where you might want it to be built in your backyard, and what kind of ambiance you want to create around the pool. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration! By creating your wish list and vision board it will be easier to explain to the builder exactly what you want. Don’t forget about setting a budget during this period before any commitments are made and contracts drawn up.
#2 Research the Types of Pools
Since you are likely putting a large chunk of money towards this investment it is important to know about the different types of in-ground pools available. Some pools are made of concrete, others are made of fiberglass, and some are even vinyl. Then you have to look into the coping, cleaning systems, filtering systems, and the artistic finishing touches that are available. With so many variations it is important to understand the pros and cons of each type so you and the builder are speaking the same language.
#3 Find A Credible Pool Builder
Again, we cannot stress the importance of research. Read reviews, talk to your neighbors who have a pool and see who they went with or recommend. You can find more in-depth reviews from the Better Business Bureau It is best to find a pool builder who is seasoned in swimming pool construction. A good pool builder will offer samples of his work, provide references, and answer all of your questions. You will be working with this person for several months so make sure you choose someone you will be comfortable with.
#4 Consider the Weather in Your Area
Weather can dictate certain pool building decisions. People who live in colder climate areas should consider enclosures to prolong the amount of time they can use the pool. If you live in a wetter environment an enclosure would also be beneficial. A pool heater might be necessary if you live in a cooler environment. Also investing in a nice solar pool cover keeps the leaves and debris out while warming the pool with the solar energy. If you are looking to save on energy costs the enclosures, pool covers, pumps, and lighting timers can all pay for themselves in a short amount of time. If you live in Ohio you know we have bitter cold temperatures in the winter so completely shutting your pool down for the winter is the most efficient.
#5 How Will You Use Your Pool?
Is the pool going to be for your kids? For entertaining? Are you building it to add value to your home? Or is it being to built as a relaxing oasis for you and your spouse? Answering these questions will help you determine what kind of pool you should build and what features to add. If you are building for your kids, a pool slide or a shallow area would be perfect. If you are building it as more of a resort-like feel for you and your spouse, think of an infinity pool or using more high-end glass tile finishing. If you are using it for entertaining and want it to be very visually appealing, consider more expensive coping and maybe a built-in water feature. If you have a clear purpose you will be the builder’s best friend.
#6 Getting Permits and Insurance
Of course, we can’t go without saying this one! Even though your pool builder will be able to help you with this part, it is important to know the rules and regulations yourself. Some areas require perimeter fences of a certain height, some require locking fences and some require a fence only around the pool itself. Know what the requirements are in your area. It is important to inquire about restrictions, noise policies, and property tax concerns too! And don’t forget about the insurance. Contact your home owners insurance carrier and find out what differences it will make to your policy. It is always better to be informed instead of being surprised!
Building a pool can add a tremendous value to your home and create lasting memories both inside and outside! Make sure that all of the bases are covered and that you have done the research before beginning the process and beyond everything else always make sure to yell “canon ball’ before jumping in!