A swimming pool provides the most appealing outlet for fun and entertainment, particularly in the warm summer months. However, while it is a valuable addition and an investment, installing a pool is a major undertaking. The structure’s satisfactory outcome relies on extensive and meticulous planning before the builder lifts any tools toward construction.

The pool construction process can be daunting and confusing, especially for laypeople. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge and precarious position makes it easy for a pool builder to lead you astray from your preferences. So, to help you avoid the pitfalls the lack of knowledge brings, here are some things to consider before building a pool.

Integration is the basis of a clever design.

Any pool builders worth their salt will base your pool design around site conditions. This consideration adds a quality of uniqueness. Consequently, they will have to consider such factors as:
  • Soil type.
  • Underground services.
  • Structure proximity.
  • Site elevation.
  • Trees and other vegetation.
  • Landscaping and surrounding integration.
In addition to the above, there must also be considerations for pool size, depth and shape, retaining walls, ledges, spas, feature walls, pavilion slabs, glass window panels and fencing configurations- all of which dictate the use of space.

A clever, well-thought-out and executed design helps to reduce costs. If you pair them with properly sequence construction, you can save significant amounts of money throughout the whole process.

Most pool builders specialise in one pool type.

There are three primary types of pools: fibreglass, concrete and vinyl. It is the norm for pool builders to specialise their installation expertise in one or the other. As a result, you may learn that your choice of professionals also hinders your chances of getting your ideal pool.

As an example of how this can occur, imagine that you take on a company that specialises in concrete pools. When they perform site inspections, they will only tailor their recommendations to constructing a concrete pool rather than offer the most appropriate and cost-effective solution.

So, ensure that your search primarily centres on pool builders who specialise in installing all pool types. It increases the likelihood of getting the right pool for your home.

Ensure your pool complies with regulations.

In Australia, all pool types and any proposed hard surface areas need permit approval from a private certifier or local government and your state water board.

It takes a lot to remain compliant with regulations while designing a pool. Therefore, in most cases, it may be better to complete the pool design together with the rest of the yard if only to streamline the application, approval and construction process.

The approval process varies in length and processing time. Since you cannot start construction before all approvals are in place, it is best to factor this tie into your project timelines to avoid frustration.

What is it about filtration, heating, cleaning and automation?

Pools need the right equipment, care and maintenance to remain in good condition. Therefore, remember the importance of clean-filter elements, a leaf-free skimmer box basket and chemically treated and balanced water. Proper surrounding elevation and drainage are also vital for debris prevention. Alternatively, you can opt for a pool cover to help keep leaves out of the pool as the trees shed.

When choosing pool accessories, consider the distance between the pool and the filtration set-up, then make sure that accessories are appropriately sized for your pool.

Your budget must take both landscaping and pool build into account.

You may overlook the fact that you are likely to spend more time by the pool than in it. After all, the surrounding pool area is ideal for enjoying idyllic times like reading, sunbathing and entertaining.

As a result, you may find it easy to splurge on ‘extras’ like poolside furniture, landscaping and plants. This tendency allows you to create an awe-inspiring pool area that embodies your ideal vibe, not to mention other additions like umbrellas, lighting, fire torches, deck chairs, poolside pavilions and even outdoor ovens.

All these add-ons play a role in the size of your construction budget, so you must avoid overlooking them. An easy way to establish an accurate budget for the finishings is to set aside the same monetary amount for furnishing and landscaping as you do for the swimming pool.

All this information ensures that you will go into the swimming pool construction process armed with valuable knowledge to ensure that you get the pool of your dreams without worrying about any missteps.