The idea of a backyard pool during summer is sensational. But before you put on your swimwear and take the plunge, you need to prepare well to ensure you're making the right decision for your home. Follow these planning tips before you build a backyard pool.
Consider Your Reasoning For The Pool
Do you simply want to build a pool to show it off to your friends and family or will you actually have some practical use for it? Many people make the mistake of building one because someone else has it and don't end up using the pool at all. Why bother spending thousands in this instance? If you and your family enjoy the idea of a swimming pool for actual use; if you envision entertaining guests; or even if you need to use it for exercise, then you've made the right decision to build a pool in your home. Determine why and how your pool will be used before you make the investment.
Consider Your Budget
Pools don't come cheap, whether you choose to build an in-ground or aboveground one. In-ground concrete pools cost between $35,000 and $100,000, while fibreglass in-ground pools cost between $25,000 and $75,000. Above ground swimming pools are more budget friendly with costs for vinyl liners starting at $3,500 and fibreglass pool shells averaging around $7,000. You will also need to consider additional costs like pool decks, council approval, pumps, filters and other accessories that can add a few more thousands to the price. Consider your budget carefully before making the investment because the costs can quickly add up if you're not careful.
Consider Size And Shape Of The Pool
The size and shape of the pool you want will largely depend on the vastness of your property. If you have a large plot of land, then you need to decide where you want to place it and will not have to worry too much about size. But if you live on a smaller parcel of land, you may need to think carefully about how big you want the pool to be and what shape works best for you. For example, if you have a rectangular shaped backyard, then a standard rectangular pool is ideal for you. But if your backyard is oddly shaped with curves and bends, then perhaps you may want to consider a pool shape that matches it to optimise the space available.
Before building a pool in your home, take the time to consider certain factors so that you make the right decision and investment for your needs.