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Now’s the Best Time to Build a Custom Pool

Chris Bowen Pool Design

Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of a pool for years, or maybe you are in the beginning stages of your research. It’s no secret that swimming pools can bring a lot of fun and value to your life. If you’re thinking about building a custom pool now is the time to get started as they take three to four months to build, depending on the elements you’d like to include. From high-energy pool parties and exercising to peaceful lounging and sun-bathing, a custom pool could be just the addition your backyard needs. Here are 10 things to consider before building your custom pool.

custom pool - rectangular lap pool with sliding cover1. Have a Clear Purpose

Why do you want a pool? What do you plan to use it for? Do you want a lap pool for exercise, a place to entertain your family and friends, or both? Who is going to be using it most? Being clear about your pool goals can help influence your design and construction process.

2. Know the Law

Being familiar with your local zoning laws is important when it comes to building a custom pool. Before you start planning and breaking new ground, you should check that installing a pool on your property will comply with local zoning, maintenance, and liability laws. This will help you avoid time delays and hefty fines along the way.

3. Choose the Shape

One of the best things about building a custom pool is just that – it’s custom! These days, pools can be whatever you want them to be, and that includes the shape! When it comes to choosing the shape of your pool, there are a variety of options to choose from. Get creative! Your pool can be square, kidney-shaped, round, or anything in between. It’s easy to choose a style that fits with the look and feel of your backyard. For example:

  • Free-form pools mimic the way ponds or natural bodies of water look, often with a curved organic shape that resembles a shoreline. Talk about relaxing!
  • Rectangular pools are a classic style, great for both exercise and fun. These are great for lap swimmers!
  • Geometric pools are designed with 90-degree angles and symmetrical curves, perfect for something a bit more modern and edgy. 

No matter which shape you choose, make sure it fits with or adds to the aesthetic of the rest of your home!

custom swimming pool design - custom swimming pool with stone water slide and water fall4. Decide on the Design

Custom pools are what you make them, literally! When designing your new outdoor oasis, consider your pool’s size, color, material, shape, and depth. While you’re at it, why not incorporate some extra features? Adding one or more of these elements to your custom pool can help take it to the next level:

  • Waterfalls
  • Tanning ledges
  • Diving boards
  • Underwater benches
  • Shallow beach-style entries
  • Areas to play water volleyball or basketball
  • A swim-up bar

5. Figure out your Circulation System

To keep your pool fresh and clean, it’s important that you figure out your circulation system. A circulation system includes a pump, filter, heater, and sanitation system. The pool water typically will drain through a skimmer, pass through the filter, and finally, be treated by the heater and sanitation system. For filters, you can choose between sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth. 

6. Consider the Maintenance

Maintenance often involves dealing with systems, chemicals, and filters that might not be familiar to the average consumer. When pools aren’t well maintained, they can become unsanitary, unsafe, and can even decrease property value. Are you capable of taking on regular maintenance, or will you need to hire a professional? How often will you need them to come by? Before you start building your custom pool, figure out the frequency and budget you’ll need for pool maintenance and make sure it’s doable long-term.

swimming pool design - custom swimming pool with beach ball7. Evaluate Your Budget

Building a custom pool is a big investment! Before you get started, make sure you set a realistic budget for your project. Knowing your numbers before you start can help you make the right decisions along the way. Deciding what features matter to you ahead of time can help you focus on what benefits your goals and lifestyle the most.

8. Safety First

When it comes to swimming pools, safety is of the utmost importance. Do you have small children or animals who could find themselves in danger around your pool? Do you plan on entertaining a large group of people? Consider installing a safety gate around your pool and adding safety steps into your design. Including depth markers can help tell swimmers how deep the pool is at any given point. And pool lights ensure that people can see clearly when swimming at night. 

9. Outdoor Living and Landscaping

Do you prefer a pergola or palms shading you from the afternoon heat? A pebble border or a retaining wall used as a bench around your pool deck? Maybe even an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. Proper hardscaping and landscaping can enhance the aesthetic pleasure a pool offers. Look on Pinterest, write down your goals and ask questions as you are creating your plan. 

10. Go With a Professional

Building a custom pool is a big investment. All construction projects can have weather delays, unforeseen costs or setbacks, and pool construction is no different. Be sure to check reviews, and ask for quotes ahead of time before making your final decision. You want your pool to be the destination for your family and friends, so hire a professional company you can trust. 

A custom pool can help increase the value of your home and elevate the enjoyment you get from your outdoor space. But such a big project shouldn’t be entered into blindly. Before you get started, make sure you have clear goals, a realistic budget, and an experienced professional to help make your custom pool dreams a reality.

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