10 Things You Need to Know Before Designing Your Swimming Pool
If you grew up in Southern California, chances are you’ve had many fond memories that included a swimming pool. Maybe you had one in your backyard or had friends who’s families owned swimming pools, or perhaps you lived in a complex that offered a community pool. Nonetheless, making a splash was your main goal during summer. Sunblock and the scent of chlorine are strong details to these memories. Perhaps a terrible sunburn is remembered and has you slathering sunscreen excessively to this day. What we’re trying to get at, is that swimming pools leave lasting impressions for generations to come. It’s only natural that you’d like to pass down those fond memories to your children and you’ve made the decision to make a splash in your backyard. Where do you start? Aboveground pools seem like a compromise when you’re already this far invested. Designing your very own swimming pool is the perfect way to pay homage to your sun-soaked childhood. Here, we tell you all the things you need to consider when designing your next swimming oasis.
What’s it made of?
With so many different options out there it’s a good idea to do some research. After you’ve set a budget and know the size of the space that you have to work with, it’s time to start focusing on the details, like, what’s it made of? Vinyl, concrete or fiberglass are going to be your first set of options. Vinyl offers a low initial cost (10K difference), very budget friendly, and are competitively low maintenance — You can even customize the shape! Fiberglass swimming pools are pre-molded in a variety of different shapes and sizes and are going to fulfill most of your desired qualities. They are low maintenance, durable, compatible with salt systems and offer a low lifetime cost of ownership. If you want a large, crazy impressive pool, then a concrete pool is going to be your best bet. You can customize them and they are extremely durable. You don’t have to worry about letting the dogs jump in the pool out of fear of damage to the lining.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
Sure this section seems like a no brainer. The whole point of having a pool is to soak up the sunshine rays in the beautiful outdoors. But hey, you’re doing your research so pat yourself on the back. It’s always a good idea to be well-informed when deciding to purchase a swimming pool. One of the advantages of having an indoor pool is that it is readily available year-round. You don’t have to worry about weather conditions before jumping in. Another advantage to having an indoor pool is that because your pool is not affected by outside elements, pool maintenance becomes much more affordable. As for outdoor pools, nothing beats swimming outside during the summer and getting your tan on while you enjoy the smells coming from that BBQ that keeps cranking out lunch all season long. Additionally, you get to be more creative in the development process. Generally speaking, you should have more space to work with outdoors thus increasing your options for customization.
Chlorine vs. Saltwater
Here’s some food for thought: a salt water pool isn’t necessarily better than a chlorine pool. In fact, a saltwater pool system is almost the same, considering it turns the pool salt into chlorine. With that said, salt water pools have significantly less chlorine in them than traditional chlorine pools. This is a nice feature for people who have sensitive skin and react poorly to chemicals. You might want to think about how long you are going to have your pool. A salt water generator is much more expensive in the initial cost factor, but should pay for itself over time when you consider how many chemicals you’ll need to purchase over time for the ladder. Fun fact: salt water pools kill chloramines faster than chlorine pools. At the end of the day, it may be a toss up on what’s better for you. Saltwater pools require cleaning once a year and it’s pretty expensive, while on the other hand chlorine pools require constant monitoring and balancing with chemicals.
Wet Deck vs. Hot Tub
Wet decks are typically 1’ deep shallow and make for a great lounging area. These are ideal for people who love to sunbathe and also for toddlers. People also like to use these for fun enhancements such as custom water features, lighting, etc. Hot tubs are great year round. Nothing beats finishing a long day in a hot tub with the jets relieving tension and stress.
How much does it cost?
According to BobVilla.com, Small pools will cost roughly between $20,000 and $30,000. Medium-size pools will run between $30,000 and $40,000. Large pools begin at $40,000 and go up from there. Add in the extras — diving boards, slides, decking, lighting, and automatic cleaners — and the costs can easily rise by another 10 to 20 percent.