Planning Your Pool Construction Or Renovation Project

by Pool Builders on 03-21-2010 in Articles

Every swimming pool project is unique and has its own challenges. Below we've listed some items to consider when planning your swimming pool construction project.

Permits

When planing to build a swimming pool permuting is an important part of the process. This can be a lengthy process if not done right. As a homeowner you help by doing some homework ahead of time. Update your survey of your property, know where the septic tank is if you have one, locate any wetlands and have your property plans available. There are several permitting variables that can effect the location of your pool, but we as professional pool builders can help you through this process before we begin to design the pool.

Cast your vision

For many a pool is more then just a place to swim, it is an accent to the home and a refuge. Once you have begun the initial research you will want to cast a vision for what you want the pool and the surrounding areas to look like when all is said and done. You'll want to consider the shape of the pool, what type of landscaping will surround the pool, what type of decking you wish to have - amongst other things. Consider putting together a 'Dream Book' where you keep pictures of pools that you like and other ideas that you would like to implement around your project. The more you can help provide visual examples of your ideal pool to the designer, the better the end result.

Prepare the grounds

Before the project begins there are several pre-construction items that need to be done. A surveyor should stake out the property boundaries, there should an access route/plan for bringing in and out equipment and materials. Is there a need to get permission from your HOA or other interested parties. A plan should be put into place for any landscape preservation, transplanting small trees, shrubs and other plants.

Choosing a trusted project manager

Remember that when you choose a swimming pool contractor to build your pool you are choosing to begin a very large project that can be quite complicated. Make sure that you work with a pool builder who has a track record of completing projects on time and within your budget. Check out their customer testimonials, get references. The last thing you want is to think you will have a pool done in 3 months and have it turn into a 6 month project that costs more then you anticipated. A good pool builder will communicate realistic time lines with you and will have the relationships and the experience to get your project done on time.

Your swimming pool projects begin with a dream, a vision. Don't let your dream turn into a nightmare. Work with a professional who doesn't simply try to sell the cheapest pool. Work with someone who understands your vision, and will put the time into making sure that your project turns out just the way you envisioned it.

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