Town and Country Pools understands that selecting the “perfect” pool design for your family swimming pool can be a daunting task. For example do you want a lap pool or spa? We have put together these tips and advice to help our clients narrow down their choices while helping them build the swimming pool of their dreams. It is crucial that you work with a pool contractor in whom you trust and with one who has constructed swimming pools in the style you seek.
When the starting price tag of a gunite aka concrete swimming pool can start at $50,000, you can see how important it is to understand what you are seeking in your pool project and strive to get exactly what your family wants in its dream pool.
Pool Design Choices To Fit Your Needs
- Will the pool be for family recreation?
- Will you use it for entertaining and large parties?
- Do you want it close to your home or in a secluded area of your backyard?
- Will the pool be used mainly for exercise?
- How many people do you think will be in the pool at the same time?
- Do you want a heater installed so you can extend your swimming pool season?
- Do you want a hot tub installed as part of the project?
- What kind of pool cover will you have for your swimming pool? Do you want a hydraulic model?
Choosing A Pool Design
- Here are items to ponder in your pool construction project or if you’re remodeling your existing swimming pool:
- What size and shape do you think you want? Chances are you know if you want a rectangle, a free-form pool, a lap pool or other. Keep in mind, sticking to a traditional swimming pool design could make a future home sale easier.
- Do you have a small yard? Do you want to devote your entire yard to the pool or would a lap pool fit into your lifestyle better? Deciding where the pool will sit and how it will impact or fit in with your current landscaping is a big decision that should not be taken lightly.
- Do you know whether you want a vinyl liner pool, a fiberglass pool or a concrete pool? Each pool brings with it its unique style and flair and price point and flexibility in design.
- Do you want the swimming pool’s interior to be a bright, brilliant white, a Caribbean blue, or black, or something in between? There are myriad colors from which to choose. Your color choice is a personal preference, but some colors come with unique care and maintenance or water temperature issues — ask your contractor to explain.
- Will the pool complement your house and its design and color or will it be a separate entity entirely?
- Even if you want a traditionally-shaped pool, you may not want traditional accessories. Accessories include rock waterfall, fountains, diving board, slide, sun shelves, vanishing edge, in-pool LED lights, built-in spa or a beach entry.
- Do not forget that the equipment you have installed in your swimming pool project will help it operate efficiently while making it easier to keep clean. So don’t skimp on these essentials.
Inspiration For Your Pool Design
Do some research on the type of pool design you may want. Put your budget together and start meeting with potential pool contractors to discuss your project. Autumn is typically the best time of year for this as pool contractors are generally less busy and you could have your project started in time for the next swim season. For pool design inspiration, consider some of the following.
- Flip through architecture, interior design or travel magazines for inspiration for it.
- Ask your potential pool builder for photos of work they have completed.
- Browse the internet for pool builders to see if they have any galleries of designs that catch your eye. You do not have to necessarily look at local pool builders; you can look nationwide and then find a local pool builder to see if he or she can duplicate the design you found.
- Attend real estate open houses to find inspiration from the swimming pools at those houses.
Do not forget to consider the area surrounding the swimming pool when you are in the design phase. You will spend as much – if not more – time out of the pool than you will in it. This means you will want to think about what you want in your pool deck or perhaps you want a pool house with an outdoor kitchen? Save room in the pool construction budget for the poolside living space.
Contact Town and Country Pools for Your Swimming Pool Design Project
If you are considering a swimming pool design project for your home, contact us today to start planning your project. We can help you find the best pool design for your space, budget, and needs.