Every homeowner dreams of having his or her own pool. After all, who wouldn’t want to swim and dive into cool, refreshing water (or temperature-controlled water) whenever they want? More than that, a pool adds a calm and cool environment to your home, especially during the summer months.
However, choosing what design and shape are right for your property requires some major decision-making. There are a couple of points you need to look into before you decide on what pool design is suitable for your property and personal requirements.
A professional pool design and landscaping service gives some valuable tips below to help you select the perfect pool design for your home.
1. Check the available space
Before you even start looking for a pool design that you want, you need to first consider the available space in your property. Look at your lot area and see if you still have room to install a pool. The available space you have will dictate the right shape and size of the pool for your home.
2. Know your style
To find the right pool design for your home, you also need to consider the style of your property as well as your family’s lifestyle. Since there are many choices available in terms of pool design, be smart and hire someone who is updated with today’s newest options.
The best pool builder will help you navigate through many features and finish options that will fit your budget and give you the look you want.
To help you figure out what your style preference is, here are some guide questions:
- Do you fancy a spa?
- Do you want a pool that’s geometric or in a natural free-form shape?
- What specific style of decking are you looking for?
- Do you love swimming laps, diving, or playing volleyball in the pool?
Your answers to the questions above will help the pool builder recommend a more suitable design that’ll fit your needs, wants, and overall lifestyle.
Consider the users
You should also consider the people who are going to use the pool when you pick out your pool design. If you have kids around, you may choose to build a separate pool for them or install one with different levels of depth.
It’s important that you make swimming safe for your kids and ensure that they observe safety pool rules. If possible, you can ask your pool builder to install some fencing and alarms around the pool to prevent accidents.
3. Set a budget and compare bids
Setting a budget will make it easier for you to select a pool design within your price range. Comparing rates from different companies is crucial as there are many types of builders. Some may advertise low base prices but don’t include everything needed for complete pool construction.
There are also other builders who can customize the design of your pool while taking into consideration your utilities, existing concrete, and other landscape elements. Your goal should be to look for a good builder with a strong track record in terms of quality, offering a fair price.
Get three to four bids
Compare builders with an almost similar design offer and get at least three to four bids. A professional pool builder should be capable of answering all of your questions clearly. Be sure to choose a builder with whom you’re comfortable with. After all, investing in a swimming pool is no mean expenditure.
Below are some of the main questions pool builders should be able to give you an answer to:
- How long have you been in business?
- How long will it take to complete the construction of the pool?
- Do you follow the recommended safety standards?
- Can you show me photos of the pools you’ve built?
- Will all specifications related to pool building be listed in the contract as well as the payment schedule?
- Do you have customer references?
Choose the right builder
The most important step in making your dream pool come true lies in selecting the right pool builder. When you’ve chosen the right builder, the process of designing and building your swimming pool will be an easy and pleasant experience.
After you build your pool, do keep in mind timely property plumbing maintenance to avoid expensive water bills and plumbing issues to ensure that your pool stays in good condition.
Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.