Are you considering building a pool in your backyard? Wondering if your property “has what it takes” for a backyard swimming pool? Figuring out if your property has backyard swimming pool potential has as much to do with the type of pool you are dreaming of as it does with the actual property line.
It is a marriage of design and practicality with a little bit of city regulation thrown in.
Here are a few things to consider:
- What kind of backyard swimming pool do I want and what is my budget? If you want water features, rock formations, and loopy slides, but have a tiny property, you may be in trouble. Your property’s size, shape and even the style of your home to influence your pool design.
- What is my city’s set-back requirement? Consult a pool contractor, research these requirements online or call the county office. Counties, communities, associations and neighborhoods all vary. Do not settle for anyone that says, “I think” or “I heard,” because every inch counts.
- What shape and depth of pool do I want? This all has to do with the location and sometimes the architecture of your house. A square pool is simple and works well with thinner properties with limited space. Square pools are also better than round shapes if you want to swim laps. The shape of the pool should not significantly affect the price unless water movement, wet edges, spillways or finishes need to be custom-designed.
- What features do I want my pool to have? There are an unlimited number of features you can add to make your pool more fun and appealing. For instance, you can add a water feature so you hear the constant, relaxing flow of water or to enhance the visual effect of the pool (these can look beautiful at night with proper lighting). But all of these affect the amount of space you need. Here are some other features that take up space:• Sun ledge w/ umbrella or swim outs
• Beach entry
• Rock structure
• Wet edge or an infinity edge
• Fire pot or fire pit with reflective value
- Does my city or even my state have safety requirements? Check zoning laws – there may be restrictions on placement in the back of your lot or on the size of pool you can build in relation to the lot. There may be safety requirements such as a safety fence of a certain height around your pool. Do your research before you begin!
Building a pool is an exciting project that can add to the beauty of your home and the quality of life you lead. Match your pool dreams with your property specifications for the perfect fit.
As always, if you have any questions, just give us a call. Be sure to download out super-helpful Insider Tips from our website so you know everything you need before you begin!
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