If you're having a swimming pool built for you and your family to enjoy, where do you start when it comes to choosing the right one?
Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.
The most important consideration when choosing a pool and a contractor to build it for you is how much you have to spend. It's always better to choose a reputable pool builder for the job and perhaps economise on the pool design than to use a 'cowboy' crew whose cheap work may not stand the test of time.
Work out how much you can afford to spend and work around that figure.
Your ideal pool design
Having decided on your budget, think about the design and shape of pool you would like. The size and shape of your pool will depend on the architecture of your home and the available space that you have.
Choose from the following types of pool.
Vinyl liner pools
Vinyl liner pools are the cheapest option. They are versatile and can be very good value for money too. The downside of this type of pool is that the liner will need replacement every eight to 10 years.
Fibreglass pools come pre-shaped and look more high-end than vinyl. They are quick to install, saving you money on construction costs. There are plenty of colours to choose from, and it is possible to integrate steps and tanning benches into the design.
Gunite or concrete pools
Although concrete pools are more expensive than fibreglass and vinyl, they are much more long-lasting and can be built in any shape or design of your choice. You could even incorporate an overflow pool, hot tub or beach entry if you wanted to. Lots of different tile or pebble finishes are also available to choose from, but note that these will need repair from time to time.
If you don't have a lot of space to play with, a swim spa could be the ideal solution. Swim spas can be set up so that you can have a current to walk or jog against or even a rowing machine.
Swim spas are great for keep-fit and therapy for those recovering from injuries and they are also very easy to maintain.
Whichever style or design of pool you prefer, take the time to have a chat with an experienced pool builder for more advice and guidance on what would best suit your circumstances and requirements.
It used to be relatively easy to design pools for blocks, as you'd just look at the backyard and figure up which rectangular or kidney shaped pool could fit in the yard. With all sorts of new block shapes occurring when people subdivide old blocks, it can be more challenging to fit a traditional pool into a yard. However, some innovative pool designers and homeowners have come up with great pools that fit on unusually shaped blocks and make the most of limited space. This blog highlights some of the pools I have seen online and in real life that have impressed me with great design. I hope you like it.