5 Tips on Deciding to Build a Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 05-30-2010 in Articles

Ask yourself: Do I really need this pool? Then count the reasons why you do.

People decide to buy or build swimming pools for many reasons, but the worst possible one is this: impulse. Father took a lap in a neighbor's pool and whimsically decided to have one of his own. Please, be more rationale. Will it help a family member overcome a genuine social barrier? Will it assist you in closing business deals? Does your child have a real shot at Olympic fame if given enough pool time? Will you live longer by relaxing around it? If you can't answer yes to some or most of these, don't build.

Let your intended use for the pool be the deciding factor in its design.

Pools are small and large, rounded and rectangular, shallow and deep. How you have yours built should depend on how you will use it. If daily exercise or training laps are what you foresee, a portion of it should be long and straight. If it is mostly to look at during cocktail parties, odd and shallow configurations will do. If a child is a potential collegiate diver, the pool should have a deep end. Not all pools do all things.

Decision: Do you want that river birch more than you want the swimming pool?

Something has to give sometimes when a swimming pool invades a back yard. Not all the growing things there will be good for it. The river birch tree with its attractive peeling bark and habit of dropping small branches all the time promises to litter your pool. The willow with roots that love to attack manmade concrete structures in the ground will be a constant threat. Don't let sentiment stand in the way of protecting your pool investment.

What surrounds the pool is important, too, because who really looks at the water?

When you build a swimming pool, you must think that you will spend more time out of the water than in it so consider the rest of the pool package - its landscaping. Vines and broadleaf evergreens will give you privacy. Decking or a tiled area will give you a handsome platform for social interaction. The back of the home suddenly must have eye appeal. And you can't have a bathhouse that looks like an outhouse. Having a pool at home really is a package deal.

One more question: Are you sure you couldn't get by with an above-ground pool?

Pools that don't require holes in the ground are generally not as impressive to view as the sunken variety. Yet some of them have attractive wood decks and wrought iron railings and are configured in interesting shapes. Wood decks cost considerably less and, should an impulse to build prove misguided, can be disassembled without worrying about filling a hole. Still, if an above-the-ground pool isn't suitable for your purposes, an in-the-ground pool is the better choice.

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