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What to Consider Before Building a Pool
Calendar icon Posted 4th March 2024

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What to Consider Before Building a Pool

Owning your own pool is an exciting prospect that promises endless days of relaxation and fun. However, it’s also a significant commitment that requires careful consideration. Before committing to the project, you’ll want to ensure the pool you choose fits your backyard, budget, and lifestyle.

In this article, we’ll help you navigate the various considerations involved in pool construction. Here’s a mental checklist to guide you before taking the plunge.

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Cox Pools (Orange Beach)

Things to Consider When Building a Pool

  • Why do you want the pool?

The purpose of your pool will influence its design, size, and features. Are you dreaming of a retreat for relaxation, a fun and safe place for kids to play, or perhaps a fitness-oriented pool for laps and exercise? Identifying your reason for wanting a pool will help tailor the design.

  • What budget are you working with?

Budgeting for your pool is about more than just the initial cost of building it. Consider ongoing maintenance, potential increases in utility bills, and necessary accessories or features. Financing options can make your dream pool more attainable, but it’s crucial to plan responsibly. Researching financing options early can provide a clear picture of what you can afford.

Regal Pool
Regal Pool
  • What is your backyard like, what can you do with the space?

The size, shape, and slope of your backyard will influence the pool’s design. Consider how your pool will integrate with existing landscaping or outdoor living spaces. Sometimes, limitations can inspire creative solutions that make your pool truly unique. Consulting with a skilled pool builder can help you visualize the potential of your space and design a pool that complements your home’s aesthetic.

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  • Consider zoning and building restrictions

Before diving into pool construction, you need to ensure you understand local zoning and building codes. These regulations can affect pool size, placement, fencing requirements, and more. Early research and discussions with your pool builder about these restrictions can prevent costly adjustments down the line, ensuring your pool project progresses smoothly.

  • What sort of size would you like?

The intended use of your pool will largely determine its ideal size. A pool meant for entertaining or family activities might require more space than one designed for personal fitness, for example.

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A & G Concrete Pools, Inc.
  • The shape of the pool

Today’s pools come in a variety of shapes, from classic rectangles to custom designs that fit the unique dimensions of your space. Whether you’re looking for a sleek, modern look or a natural, freeform pool, the shape is a crucial element to consider in the planning stages.

  • What features would you like to include?

Pool features such as lighting, waterfalls, jets, or a spa can transform your swimming pool into a luxurious, resort-like retreat. Each feature adds to the cost, so prioritize what’s most important to you.

  • Any necessary safety features (kids and pets)

Safety is paramount, especially if children or pets are in the picture. Features like pool covers, fences, and alarms are essential considerations to prevent accidents. Discussing safety features with your pool builder will ensure your pool is a safe haven for all family members.

  • Will you require pool maintenance services?

Maintaining a pool to keep it sparkling clean and safe for use involves regular upkeep, including chemical balance, cleaning, and equipment checks. Consider whether you’re prepared to manage these tasks or if you’ll enlist the help of a professional maintenance service.

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Shoemaker Pools

How to Choose a Pool Builder You Can Trust

Selecting a reliable swimming pool builder is the key to a successful pool project. We recommend focusing on the following criteria to find a builder you can trust:

  • Reputation

Look for builders with an excellent reputation in the industry and among customers. All MPG members have an exceptional reputation for successful, high-quality pool-building projects.

  • Experience

An experienced pool builder will have the knowledge and skills to bring your dream pool to life. All our members are highly experienced and proven as leading pool builders.

  • Portfolio

Reviewing a builder’s previous work can give you an idea of their capabilities and whether their style aligns with your preferences. All our members have a history of many successful projects.

Master Pools Guild is your hub for finding the best pool builders in your area. We connect you with trusted pool builders who prioritize quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Find your local MPG member today and start your journey towards owning your dream pool.


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