In case you need a spot for relaxing, playing with your kids or simply just for exercise, a swimming pool can be a great addition to your backyard. However that decision can often be overwhelming and expensive, because of that, a pool should be built by professionals.
In the end, most homeowners will tell you that all the stress that comes with building a pool was definitely worth it once they look back on all the memories made while having fun in the pool.
Look Into Zoning Laws
Before even thinking about the contractor, you have to make sure that it is allowed to build a pool on your property. Look into your local zoning laws to see if there are any restrictions that you might be affected by in the process. Your district might have regulations about the placement of the pool or the size of the pool in relation to the lot. There can be safety requirements too, such as installing a fence or barrier of a certain height around the pool.
Be sure that you understand all of the zoning codes and collect the necessary permits for your building project before you start digging up your yard.
Is The Yard Suitable For Pool Construction?
Besides figuring out what kind of pool and the best fit for the dimensions of your yard you should consider the soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Sandy or rocky soil and other ground factors present unique building concerns.Pools are usually easier to build when a yard is leveled, but new technology makes it possible to install a pool in any yard.
But if you are dealing with severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocks or limited access, they require special construction and installation considerations and usually add to the overall cost and duration of your project.
Choose A Contractor
One of the best ways of finding swimming pool construction experts is through someone who had a positive experience with that contractor.
Make sure to:
- Determine number how long are they in business under present name and ownership.
- Ensure the contractor is insured.
- Ask to see their work firsthand and talk with the homeowners about their experience with the contractor.
- Talk with suppliers about the contractor’s status.
- Do they hire subcontract work or use their own staff?
- Do they offer design services?
- Is it acceptable not to pay the full amount up front?
Make A Budget
Financing the building of a swimming pool is an expensive project and it comes with many unforeseen expenses. To avoid any surprises it is advisable to estimate the installation cost before beginning the project.
The choice of surface material for the pool adds a significant factor in its final cost.
Concrete is the most durable and common pool material, and it allows you the freedom to customize the pool’s design, but that makes it the most costly type of pool material. A fiberglass shell is less expensive and fairly durable, but you have very limited options when it comes to shapes and sizes. The most budget-friendly pool material is a vinyl liner, but it can be torn and it is very prone to leaks, so it may need to be replaced every five years or so. As with any home addition, expect it to cost more than you calculated.
Safety is the number one concern for pool owners. Proper made enclosures and supervision are a must at all times to ensure the safety of children, pets and wildlife that may end up near the pool.
Luckily many specialty safety products are available on the market, including water alarms, laser technologies, safety covers and safety accessories such as life jackets and pool floats.
Even though building a pool is a large investment, you’re actually creating a fun and relaxing space for your children and family to spend time together. It can also turn your backyard into an elegant outdoor oasis, and raise the value of the property.
Author Bio: Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.