There’s a lot to think about when deciding whether a swimming pool is right for your family. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Think About How Your Family Will Use the Pool
Will it be for recreation, exercise, entertaining, or some combination of all of these? If you have a general idea of your intended use of the pool, it can help you work through the design process.
Keep Maintenance In Mind
Different types of pools require different levels of maintenance. Some, like vinyl liner pools, are relatively simple to maintain. It can take just a few minutes a week to check water and chemical levels.
Know Your Back Yard
If you live on the side of a cliff with a steep grade and little or no access for construction vehicles, then you may run into some problems! If you have a tiny backyard but want an Olympic-sized pool, it may not be possible. But for the most part, pool builders are very talented and creative when it comes to designing pools to fit in tight or awkward spaces.
Discuss Dollars and Sense
Swimming pools can be expensive upfront, but the investment is worth it in the end and the enhanced backyard environment can add to the value of your home. Remember that you can often obtain financing and stretch your payments out over a longer term – often a monthly pool payment can be lower than a monthly car payment! Talk with your builder about what financing options are available. Also, maybe you don’t have the funds to do a huge water feature or lighting system right now. But if you think you might want it in the future, tell your builder. It’s much easier to plan for future plumbing and electrical needs upfront and work them into the design than to try and go backwards later on.