Every homeowner dreams of having a pool in their backyard. Apart from being a status symbol that increases the value of your home and improves the aesthetics of your garden, a swimming pool is a great recreational feature to have at home. You can use it to cool during hot sunny days, you can use it for exercise, and you can even host parties in and around it. If you are thinking of finally getting a pool installed, this article can help you come up with some design plans in just five easy steps.
Location Where will the pool be located?
Relative to your house, the backyard is the obvious choice because it's private and quiet. However, you also have to think about where exactly on the backyard you'd like the pool to be. Think about the distance from the house and to the end of your fence in relation to where your pool will be. Ideally, the pool should be parallel to your house so that you spare space on both ends for recreational seating.
Size How big do you want your pool to be?
The size of your swimming pool will affect many things such as how many people you can fit in it during a gathering, how much it will cost to build, how much water you'll need to maintain it, the ideal pump size for the pool, how much space you'll be left with in your garden once it's built, how much power it will take to heat the pool, etc. Consider all these factors and decide on what size works best for you.
Pool layout design
Size aside, you also need to consider the layout design of the pool. In other words, what shape your pool will have. The simplest and most common shapes are rectangular and square. You can also choose other regular shapes such as circular or oval. However, to make your pool really stand out, you can go for abstract shapes. Your pool contractor can help you come up with one that flatters your backyard best.
What materials do you want your pool to feature? The most common options are concrete, tiles, and pool liners. Concrete is simple, liners are cheap but temporary, and tiles are versatile. Once you chose a material, you'll then need to choose the colour and design. Note that this decision will determine how your pool will look like. Other materials to consider here include the handrails, pool staircase(s), the pool fencing, pool lighting, and pool decking. Again, your pool contractor can help you go through all the options.
Once done, consider other optional pool extras such as pool heating, poolside seating, pool covers, pool fountains, etc.