Inground? Above ground? Concrete or fibreglass? These are just some of the factors you need to consider before you install a swimming pool. Since it’s a big investment, doing your homework thoroughly is important if a swimming pool is on your wish list.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you take the plunge:
1. Why do you want a pool?
A swimming pool is a sizeable renovation project so you need to be clear about why you want one in the first place:
• Is it for relaxation?
• Is it for the kids?
• Is it to add value to your home?
• Is it for fitness?
Don’t underestimate the cost of a swimming pool either, be prepared to spend at least $25,000 to $50,000 depending on size and materials. If you have a clear purpose in mind and think you will use it enough to justify the cost then by all means progress with your pool plans.
2. Do you have room?
How big your property is will naturally determine what size pool you install. If you don’t have a particularly big backyard don’t get disheartened. Space-maximising designs and smaller pool styles are very much in demand, so you might be surprised at what can be done.
If you have a difficult site to work with then your pool builder might have to get creative. Be aware that sloping sections are trickier (and therefore more expensive) for builders to install a pool.
The size and situation of your property may also determine whether your pool is above or below ground. A concrete inground pool is more permanent but if site access is tricky an above-ground fibreglass pool with a surrounding deck could be a cheaper and quicker option.
3. What type of pool?
There are so many pool styles on the market it can be confusing to narrow down the best pool for your property. Talking to landscape designer can give you some ideas of what type of pools would be aesthetically pleasing for your property.
Some pool trends that are popular right now include:
• Infinity edges - visual effect where one side of the pool ‘vanishes’ blending with the landscape
• Knife edge pools - water sits at the same level and creates a sleek, mirror surface effect
• Thin lap pools - utilise disused side passageways and run down narrow spaces
• Plunge pools - if swimming isn’t so much a factor but wading or cooling off is
• Mineral water pools - gentler on the skin than salt or chlorine water pools.
4. What kind of deck or fence?
As well as the pool there’s also decking or paving to consider and its maintenance. Pool surrounds can end up costing as much as the pool itself, but don’t make the mistake of skimping on decking and paving as this decreases the space for poolside relaxation and entertaining. You may not use the pool as much if you don’t have a decent deck area.
Pool fencing is also a necessity by law in Australia, and each state has its own laws and permits about this. Popular fencing materials include glass, aluminium and wood, and cost varies widely. Design-wise you need to think about how the fence will work in conjunction with your pool as well as the overall safety factor.