Swimming Pools and Overdevelopment - Why Homeowners Looking for a Pool Are Left High and Dry

by Pool Builders on 11-30-2010 in Articles

The average homeowner is largely unaware of one of the most common limitations of luxury landscape and swimming pool construction. Local municipalities enforce strict regulations that prohibit the overdevelopment of land in the more densely populated areas of our country. One such measure exacts restrictions on the amount of impervious coverage a homeowner can include on their property. Excessive impervious coverage, negatively impacts the environment in that storm water cannot be absorbed into the ground. This lack of absorption can lead to serious erosion and downhill flooding. Many times, as a result of these regulations, homeowners are left with minimal usable space for the construction of a swimming pool or patio. For example, if a home features a large circular driveway, the amount of impervious cover is greatly increased. This can ruin a home's chances of constructing a swimming pool of any reasonable size. There's your warning.

Now, here's a solution. Involve a landscape architect who specializes in swimming pool and landscape design early on in the construction of your new home, prior to your home renovation or before purchasing a home. A landscape architect will evaluate your land in terms of usable or available building space for your swimming pool or patio. They can identify valuable aspects of the property so that they can be preserved in the construction process, maintaining the natural look of the environment. This simple task increases, or at the very least identifies, the potential value of your property as it relates to your home, landscape, and swimming pool.

This practical revelation also increases your home's potential for aesthetic enhancement. You may have certain luxury amenities in mind, such as a cabana, natural stone patio with a fire pit, or maybe even a multi-tiered yard with an infinity pool descending upon a dining patio. By making a landscape architect aware of the swimming pool and landscape amenities you would like to include in your yard early on in the process, careful consideration can be made towards the necessary space and municipal regulations involved as construction begins. (Not to mention, swimming pools, landscapes, and other outdoor amenities constructed as afterthoughts can sometimes serve as eye-sores due to a lack of integration with the home.) Necessary infrastructure can be placed on the site without ruining the chance of constructing these luxurious aspects of a home or landscape. In general, this ensures homeowners of the overall look of their entire property. Also, this can save tremendous amounts of money! No one will have to pay excessive amounts of money to reconstruct or move any existing infrastructure if careful planning allows space for everything the homeowner desires.

In conclusion, luxury swimming pools and landscapes should be seen as an extension of the home itself, not only in appearance and comfort level but in the building process as well. Careful planning and organization of a home, swimming pool, and landscape will allow your property to reach its full potential. By choosing the right landscape architect for swimming pool and landscape construction and involving them early on in the construction of your new home, you will not be left with a bath-tub-sized, 100-square-foot swimming pool due to impervious coverage regulations. The financial, practical, and aesthetic aspects of the job will benefit more than you will ever know.

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