Building a Pool? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

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Building a swimming pool in your backyard is a huge decision, one that involves an often daunting personal and financial commitment. It’s also a decision that should not be made in haste, but only after careful consideration and open discussion with members of your family.

That’s because once you’ve built a swimming pool, you’re going to be caring for it for many years. You don’t want to make this type of decision without first weighing all of your options.

There are a number of questions you should ask yourself before becoming a swimming pool owner, including some popular ones that we will discuss here today.

Why do I want a swimming pool?

Before seeking an estimate for construction, really take some time to go over all of the reasons why you think you’d like a swimming pool to begin with.

Is it for family fun in the backyard? Do you want it more for physical fitness and training? Or maybe a combination of the two?

Think about and determine the reasons for adding a swimming pool to your property, as well as your life. It might even be a good idea to write things down and sleep on it for a day or two before pulling the trigger.

Who will be using the pool?

If children will be using the pool, for example, you may want to create both a shallow end and a deep end. This will allow for young children to better enjoy the pool, without fear of the water being too deep.

If you have teenagers who will be using the pool, underwater speakers and tanning areas may be appropriate and appreciated.

Likewise, if you have elderly parents who would love nothing more than spending time in a swimming pool, you’ll want to be sure there are grab rails and easy ways to get and out of the water.

Where will the pool be located?

What you’ll first want to learn when tackling this important question is what your local zoning and building laws require in regards to construction of backyard swimming pools.

A good number of municipalities, for example, will require fences and locked gates around swimming pools for safety reasons. But other legislation could be centered around issues like how far away the pool needs to be from existing gas, electrical and water lines, as well as methods for controlling water runoff.

When deciding on a location for the pool, you may also want to think about where it will look best from the main home. If you have landscape lighting and/or water features, what will be the most appealing location?

What shape and style will the pool be?

You’re probably best suited choosing a shape and style of pool that best complements the existing home and landscaping. Once the foundation is laid, it’s too late to change your mind says " Joel Delaro, a San Antonio pool builder.

There are many options in this area, and talking with a professional pool designer might be your best option. Just give it a good deal of thought before making a final decision in regards to shape and style.

Another option, if you have your heart set on a certain type of pool but it doesn’t fit the style of your home, is to use new or existing landscaping as a sort of buffer zone between the house and the pool area.

This can allow you to have the type of pool that you want without it clashing too much with the family home. We found an article on the top 18 swimming pool designs to be a good start to use as a brainstorm.

What other amenities do I want?

If you’re moving forward with the process of constructing a backyard swimming pool, it’s a good idea to actually decide what you’d like the complete area to eventually look like.

Even if you can’t afford to do it all right now, compile a list of the things you’d really like to have. Examples include pool houses, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, outdoor showers and gazebos.

Making this list now will allow your builder to construct the pool in a way that you can eventually add other elements as time and budgets permit.

Failure to do so could mean rerunning power, gas and water lines in the future and maybe even having to tear some things out before being able to add elements to your backyard oasis.