Articles - Home Maintenance

What you need to know before getting a pool

30th July 2019
architecture-building-chairs-2034335

Having your own, private swimming pool sounds like a terrific idea. Especially if you live in Australia, one the world’s sunniest continents. A pool in your backyard not only raises the value of your real estate, but it also provides a perfect entertainment area for cooling down on hot summer days. However, there are some things you need to know before building a swimming pool. 

Zoning laws

When planning for a pool, the first thing you need to take into consideration is the zoning laws in your area. Check your local council for any requirements regarding swimming pools. You will need to consider regulations concerning the place and size of your pool as well as some safety regulations like safety fences or barriers around the pool.

Make sure you obtain all the necessary permits before you start your project. 

Yard Suitability  

Next thing on the list is to check the suitability of your yard. Good constructors will usually start with soil tests to make sure that the soil is suitable for building a pool. Some types of soil such as sandy, rocky or expansive ones can make the process more difficult, increasing the cost.

Also, the site must be accessible by heavy machinery needed to dig the hole. Moreover, a large yard has more options for placing a pool while a small yard limits the possibilities not only with the place for the pool but also with its size. 

The Right Constructor

When it comes to choosing the right constructor, asking for a referral from colleagues and friends might be a good start. It’s essential that the constructor is trustworthy and that they possess a valid contractor’s license.

In Australia, you want to make those hot and sunny days bearable, hiring a pool construction company from Sydney can help you with that. They possess knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible results when it comes to pool construction and landscaping. 

Pool Location

The site of your pool will depend on the size of your yard, landscaping, and shape of the pool. When thinking about the right location, don’t forget to consider how people will enter and exit the pool. Where they will hang out and where they will sunbathe with minimal wind exposure. 

Shape & Style

Before building a swimming pool, we should consider the general style of our pool and the appropriate shape. There are so many styles available out there, so make sure you do your research online or in-home décor magazines. You should have in mind that the style and shape of your pool should complement the overall architecture of your yard. However, if you wish to incorporate a pool of different style into your existing house style, you should consider building a transition spot. 

Budget

One of the most important things to consider when building a pool is the cost. Before digging up the hole for your pool, you should have your constructor estimate the total cost of building the pool. As well as some extra features you wish along with the landscaping and maintenance. Only when you take all of that into account and compare it to the budget you have, you are ready to start or perhaps wait a little while. 

Maintenance

Maintenance of the pool is a time-consuming and on-going, costly process. So, it is an illusion to think that when you finish building a pool that you’re done with investments. No, the investments keep on coming every month. It is essential to have this in mind so that we can add it to our monthly expenses and check whether we can endure it. Maintenance includes heaters, chlorine, bromine, pumps, pool cleaners, test kits and so on. If you want to do it yourself, know that you need to invest quite some time as well as to get some new skills.

On the other hand, if you’re too busy to take care of it yourself, you can hire a monthly pool maintenance service to do all the work. After all, the most important thing is to take care of pool hygiene. 

Adding a pool to your dream house, in a perfectly landscaped yard makes it look even more luxurious and high-end. The good news is that in this day and age you can easily make your dream come true.