Top Questions to Ask Before Building a Swimming Pool
A swimming pool means “Marco Polo”, “Simon says” and “Pool Noddle Joust.” In other words, it means more and more fun underwater.
However, a swimming pool also represents a huge investment and as a result, there are some crucial questions that you need to ask before diving into that investment.
1.Why Do You Want a Swimming Pool?
You might wonder that it’s such a silly question. I mean, who wouldn’t want to jump in to cool water on a scorching day? But, that reason alone is not enough.
Just like how you think about the reasons why you should buy a car, similarly, this question is crucial as it will establish the foundation for your pool design (for example, its shape, depth, size and even type of construction).
Think: what is your real and primary purpose for getting a pool?
For instance, if you are looking for a pool for fitness swimming, you might go for a lap pool instead of a large pool that is meant for entertaining a lot of people. And, if you are looking for a pool where you can just take in and enjoy the aesthetics or audible appeal of water in your garden, a combination pool/spa is the best choice.
2.Who Will Use the Pool?
You tell me. Will a pool created for child’s play look the same as one designed for romantic and passionate interludes (and you know what happens then)?
You need to consider who will use the swimming pool. For example, if you have toddlers (and most kids just go crazy when they see a swimming pool and might just jump in), you will need to include shallow areas. For your elderly parents or grandparents, extra grab rails are a must and tanning ledges can be added for sun worshippers. Nowadays, underwater speakers are also installed for music lovers (or should I say music fanatics?).
3.Is My Site Suitable For Pool Construction?
Many contractors suggest conducting soil tests so as to confirm whether the site is suitable for pool construction or not. For instance, swimming pools can be easily constructed on level sites. But, what happens when your area slopes steeply or there are unfavorable ground conditions such as a high water table or very sandy, expansive or rocky soil? Well, these represent building concerns that can drastically increase construction costs.
And, if you live in a zone that is prone to earthquakes, slips, stormwater run-off or flooding, you will need to sign up for a geotechnical engineering test to assess the site’s suitability.
Before the pool constructor starts digging, it is also important to check whether there are any water, sewer, gas, electrical, or other utility lines running through your backyard. You can either check your home’s building plans or contact your local records office.
Now, the size and location of your property play a role in determining the size and shape of your swimming pool. For instance, several tiny urban sites have unyielding requirements when it comes to construction close to boundaries or shading from other buildings.
Furthermore, did you know that if your property is found within a wildlife or research protection zone or even in a historic neighborhood, you may not have the right to install a pool for legal reasons?
4.Where Will the Swimming Pool Be Located?
Once you have made your choice on the type of pool you want (as mentioned in the first point), it is now time to think and decide where to position it.
Here are some factors to consider:
- First, you can check council and building regulations regarding site coverage allowance, pool fencing requirements, proximity to wastewater fields.
- Will the location maximize sun exposure to help keep the water temperature warm? And, you should also consider how large trees around the pool can block the sun and their leaves can drop into the water.
- Think about circulation routes. How will people enter and exit the pool?
- What about the poolside? Where will you and your guests hang out around the pool?
So, if you think you are ready for that huge investment (and fun, of course), take a deep breath and dive into the pool project!