Summer is in full swing! This means that most of us have our minds set on lounging by the pool on warm days. Before you pull out your chair, luxurious towel valet, and inflatable blackjack table, let’s help you build your pool first!
Here are the questions you need to ask before building your pool:
Why Do I Need A Swimming Pool?
You need to be very clear about why you need a pool. The pool specifications you get will change accordingly.
If your goal is aesthetics, the pool will look different from the one meant for fitness. If you want to make your backyard more entertaining, you might want to focus on the water’s audible appeal. Similarly, if you’re looking for hydrotherapy benefits, a combination pool/spa would do. You can also consider your overall home design for this purpose. If your home is located in mountainous West Virginia and is at high elevation, the pool shape would differ accordingly. In this case, a three-sided, vanishing-edge, and centrally-located pool would help emphasize the hillside view. Your pool contractor will give you the right advice in this regard.
Who Will Use The Pool?
A pool designed for children will look different from the one designed for adults. If it’s just you and your partner at home, you’d need the pool for romantic interludes. In this case, you might want to get the contractor to install underwater music speakers if it appeals to you and your partner.
On the other hand, if you want to spend some quality time with your toddler, you would want to include some shallow areas. If a senior loved one is fond of swimming, we would recommend adding extra grab rails. Here’s the exciting part: if you love being out in the sun, get some tanning ledges for the pool too.
You can also ask your pool contractor to build the pool to suit all age groups. This will guarantee better useability, more functionality and plenty of fun time for the family.
What Other Backyard Amenities Do You Want?
A pool is never installed as a standalone feature. For an ideal poolscape, you would need additional amenities to complement your pool. These may include a small outdoor kitchen, fire pit, swim-up bar, gazebo, a small pool house, and an outdoor shower. You can also add children’s play equipment.
It’s better to make a list of all the amenities you’d want to add in the long run. Even if you don’t have the budget to accommodate them, your contractor will leave ample space for them. This will be cheaper than making any modifications to the poolscape later on. For instance, if you plan on adding a firepit, later on, you’d need to run gas lines now. If you decide to do so later on, you’ll have to tear up the entire deck. This will lead to additional costs.