Smart Design Tips for Your Swimming Pool Project

Swimming pool

As the temperatures begin to rise, the idea of a swimming pool in your backyard gets more and more appealing. But in order for this investment to have the greatest value you need to spend some time creating the best design. Check out these tips to the hottest trends in outdoor swimming pools and the easiest way to design a perfect pool for your family.

Current Landscape

The lay of your property is the very first thing to consider when designing a swimming pool. How much room do you have and what is the best location for a pool? If your home has a septic system, be sure you are well beyond both the tank and the weeping tile or septic bed. Also consider the existing grade and drainage issues which will have a major effect on the pool placement.

Trees and gardens can be moved, but not without some extra expense. Also remember that you will need a deck around the pool, generally a minimum of 4 feet wide around the perimeter with a minimum 10 foot extension on one end. The pool will also need to be closed off with a railing or a fence (sometimes both are used).

Which Type of Swimming Pool is For You?

Above ground pools are typically made of metal or fiberglass walls that are covered with a vinyl liner and placed on a bed of sand and/or gravel. These pools are less expensive and less permanent - when your family is finished with them above ground pools can be dismantled with minimal effort. They come in rectangular or hexagon shaped.

On ground pools have the same basic construction as above ground pools, except that they are partially recessed into the yard to create a more built in look. The cost runs a little higher than above ground models, but you have much more flexibility with design and landscaping around the pool. An on ground pool with a pool deck surround can create essentially the same look as an in ground model for a fraction of the cost. On grounds are somewhat easily dismantled, but the yard must be properly graded both beforehand and after the pool is taken down.

In ground pools are excavated into your yard and either a vinyl liner is laid or a concrete form is poured. This option is the most permanent and most expensive, but will provide the optimum swimming pool oasis in your yard. You can compliment an in ground pool with a built-in outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, fountains and even a water fall. The design is limited only by space and your budget. In ground pools are the designer's choice and offer the most options for features, sizes and shapes.

Designing a swimming pool is a fun project that results in a magnet for family memories right in your backyard. Take a look at the current landscape to decide the best location for your pool. Consider what needs to be changed, avoided or moved. Then decide which type of swimming pool is best suited for your home and lifestyle. From above ground pools to on ground designs and in ground swimming centers, the pool you choose should be well designed with your needs, tastes and budget in mind.

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