There’s no arguing that during times of restricted movement, having a “dynamic” property can prove to be an important asset. If there are a lot of things that you can do without leaving the comfort and safety of your home, days wouldn’t be so boring. Staying at home for a long time might even feel like a much-needed vacation or quality time spent with the people you love.
One of the property features that a lot of folks say they want for fun home life (especially when venturing out is not possible) is a swimming pool. Indeed, much fun can be had if you have this oasis right within your property where you and your family can gather around, swim, soak up some vitamin D, and have a chill time together.
It’s a worthwhile investment, particularly for folks with creative lifestyles or who are complete homebodies. So, if you are keen on having one right in your own yard, it’s a fantastic idea.
Pool Installation Considerations
However, it’s important to note that swimming pool construction is rarely just a matter of digging a hole in the ground to be filled with water. If you want to get plenty of use out of it, there are specific requirements and unique considerations to ensure its beauty and function.
So, get in touch with professional landscaping contractors that specialize in pool construction and consider the following:
1. A swimming pool is a big responsibility.
Having this property feature will add to the maintenance tasks at home. Plus, you also need to implement safety rules for using it and even just being around it. At the same time, you have to factor in the possibility of invasions from unwanted users such as insects and natural wildlife such as snakes.
2. In-ground or above-the-ground pool?
There are two basic kinds of pools: in-ground and above-the-ground. Choose which of these suits your property more and would also be safer considering the age of the people in your household.
If you have very young kids, it may be better to go for an above-the-ground pool to reduce the potential of falling in. But, if you have older children and everybody’s a pretty good swimmer, an in-ground pool is no safety risk.
3. Where should the pool go?
If you have a vast space to work with, your main goal in choosing the location for installation would most likely be where it would look nice. However, if you have a much small space, you just have to make sure that the pool is located somewhere concealed from the neighbors.
You may also want to consider the surrounding vegetation of the area. The swimming pool can get quite dirty quickly if trees and other plants surround it. That’s why if you’re going to install a pool in a much smaller space, it’s best to work with a landscaping company, too, because they can strategically create a layout that will make the pool not only a visual asset to the property but easy to clean, as well.
4. How big should the pool be?
The size of the pool depends on two things: the size of the space and your preference. If you have sprawling grounds, the size and shape of the pool would only depend on what you want.
But, if the space is smaller, you want to make sure that there’s enough walk-around area so cleaning’s easy and people can sit around the pool.
5. Safety should be a priority.
Even if everybody in the household can swim well, you still need to acknowledge that certain accidents can happen because you have a pool at home. So, ensure that the pool is designed to be a safe area in your property
Discuss with your contractors the best flooring materials to prevent slipping around the pool. Consider decorative concrete floors to clearly define the space, as well as a rubberized coating to prevent slips and slides. Also, brainstorm on other implements that can make pool use as safe as possible such as strategically placed handles or rails, lights, and others.
6. Regular water or saltwater?
Over the years, more and more property owners have been choosing saltwater for their pool because of supposed health benefits and better buoyancy. But really, it’s just a matter of preference.
The thing is, both types of pool water require specific types of filtration systems. If money is no issue, then go for saltwater. But, if you wish to save a bit on pool utility bills, then regular water is the better option because water filtration systems for it are more affordable to buy and economical to use.
7. Heated water will make the pool useful all year round.
A water heating system for the pool is something to think about as well if you want to get as much use out of it as possible. With this system, you and your family can go for a few laps even during cold winter nights.
It’s worthy to note, too, that a heated pool is ideal if you have older members in the family who suffer from achy joints and muscles. The warm temperature can prove relaxing, and if paired with salty water, a 30-minute soak would be therapeutic.
A water heating system for the pool will inevitably cause a spike in the cost of installation. However, if you opt for a solar water heating system, you can save on heating expenses and recoup the cost of the system in a few years.
8. Accessories can make the pool even more fun to use.
Lighting, slide, swing, fountain, and other sporty accessories can boost the beauty and function of this human-made oasis. Choose the ones that you and your family like and will use often.
Also, quite trendy these days are climbing walls, solar umbrellas, and movie projector screens. Hopefully, all these considerations will help you launch into the project in the most organized way, so your swimming pool will become an actual source of joy for your family.