When you talk about a swimming pool, you hear words like “Marco Polo,” “Simon says,” and “Pool Noddle Joust.” In simple terms, it means you are going to have more and more fun underwater.
A swimming pool, on the other hand, represents a significant investment, and as a result, there are some essential questions that you should ask before making that investment.
The Reason Why You Want a Swimming Pool
You might be thinking that it’s a silly question. On a hot day, who wouldn’t want to jump into some cool water? But that isn’t the only reason.
Just as you would consider the reasons why you should buy a car, this question is important because it will lay the groundwork for your pool design (for example, its shape, depth, size and even type of construction).
Consider this: what is your true and primary reason for purchasing a pool?
For example, if you searching for a pool for fitness swimming, you may prefer a lap pool over a large pool designed to entertain a large number of people. A combination pool/spa is also the best option if you want to simply take in and enjoy the aesthetics or audible appeal of water in your garden.
Think About Who Will Use the Pool
You’ll have to tell me. Will a pool designed for children’s play have the same appearance as one designed for romantic and passionate interludes (and you know what happens when that happens)?
You must consider who will be using the swimming pool. If you have toddlers, for example (and most kids go crazy when they see a swimming pool and may just jump in), you will need to include shallow areas. Extra grab rails are required for your elderly parents or grandparents, and tanning ledges can be added for sun worshippers. Underwater speakers are now available for music lovers (or should I say music fanatics?).
Do Have a Suitable Site for Pool Construction?
Many contractors recommend conducting soil tests to determine whether or not the site is suitable for pool construction. Swimming pools, for example, can be easily built on level ground. But what if your area has a steep slope or unfavorable ground conditions, such as a high water table or very sandy, expansive, or rocky soil? These are building issues that can significantly increase construction costs.
In addition, if you live in an area prone to earthquakes, slips, stormwater run-off, or flooding, to determine the suitability of the site, you must sign up for a geotechnical engineering test.
Before the pool builder begins digging, make sure there are no water, sewer, gas, electrical, or other utility lines running through your backyard. You can either check the building plans for your house or contact your local records office.
The size of your property is now influenced by its size and location and shape of your swimming pool. For example, when it comes to construction near boundaries or shading from other buildings, several tiny urban sites have unyielding requirements.
Furthermore, did you know that if your property is located in a wildlife or research protection zone, or even in a historic neighborhood, you may not have the legal right to install a pool?
The Location of the Swimming Pool
Once you have made your decision on the type of pool you want (as mentioned in the first point), it’s time to think about and decide where to put it.
Here are some things to think about:
- First, check local council and building codes for site coverage allowance, pool fencing requirements, and proximity to wastewater fields.
- Will the location take advantage of the sun’s rays to help keep the water temperature warm? You should also think about how large trees around the pool can block the sun and drop their leaves into the water.
- Consider the circulation routes. How will people get into and out of the pool?
- What about by the pool? Where will you and your guests congregate near the pool?
So, if you believe you are prepared for such a large investment (and, of course, fun), take a deep breath and dive into the pool project!