Home swimming pools are an incredibly popular choice for lifestyle, fitness and home value reasons. However, there are some important do’s and dont’s when it comes to this luxury addition.
While home swimming pools aren’t an essential, they do offer an improvement in living standards, an opportunity for convenient at-home fitness workouts, and can potentially increase the value of your home.
Given those benefits, it’s easy to see why home swimming pools are so enduringly popular.
However, when it comes to home improvement, home swimming pools are one of the biggest changes you can make. It is therefore vital that, prior to ground being broken, you have a strong idea as to how you’re going to manage when the pool is installed.
From style to functionality, we’ve put together an essential list of “do’s” and “don’ts” in regards to owning a swimming pool— give it a read before you commit, so you know exactly what your future will entail…
DO: Take safety seriously
When imagining what life will be like with a swimming pool, everyone tends to focus on the good points: the lifestyle improvements, the great aesthetic, and so on and so forth.
However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that a backyard swimming pool can be very dangerous, so you’ll need to ensure that you take the requisite safety precautions.
There’s a great checklist for home pool safety here. If you can meet all the requirements on this list, you should be in good shape to be able to enjoy your pool with the utmost safety.
DON’T: Forget your greenery
When choosing the size of your pool, it’s very easy to find yourself tempted by a “bigger is better” philosophy.
This is especially true if you’re intending to use your pool for fitness; no one wants to be doing laps that are only a couple of strokes long!
As a result of the quest for a larger pool, you may find yourself more and more tempted to sacrifice space in your garden.
As swimming pools tend to require a lot of surrounding stonework, the biggest victim of this tends to be your grass, flower boxes, and other green displays.
If you’re not a big fan of gardening, you’re probably not going to mind sacrificing your greenery in the quest for a bigger pool.
However, it’s important you don’t go too far, or you may find that your backyard begins to look rather clinical. While removing your lawn may be a sensible idea, try not to sacrifice too much in terms of shrubs, trees, and flower boxes— your garden needs to still resemble a garden for the whole aesthetic to work.
If you’re not a gardener, then consider planting options with faux plants— you get the look, but don’t have to worry about the maintenance.
DO: Invest in water-friendly furniture
Not all garden furniture is waterproof. This seems like a frankly absurd statement, but it’s true; a lot of garden furniture needs to be protected from the elements.
This is especially true of wicker and wood furniture, especially if it has not been treated to be waterproof.
While you can protect the furniture from the occasional passing rainstorm, installing a pool means that there’s going to be a lot more water around generally.
Not only is there a higher chance of splashes, but you’re also going to want to be able to sit in your garden furniture after using the pool, when your skin and hair may still be damp.
As a result, investing in furniture that can handle exposure to water is a great way to ensure you can actually live comfortable with your new pool. Items such as waterproof wooden benches and outdoor pool bean bags are easy and comfortable to use, and you won’t have to worry about protecting them from the occasional splash or drip.
DON’T: Forget about maintenance
Backyard pools can really boost your lifestyle, but they do add another chore to your regularly scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Pools can be incredibly taxing in terms of the maintenance they require.
This means that you have two options.
- You can pledge to take on all essential maintenance tools for yourself. This means you will need to sift leaves and debris almost daily during the summer, keep the water topped up, manage pool chemicals, and everything else that is required to keep your pool in the best possible condition.
- Outsource the maintenance to a professional company.
There’s no “right” or “wrong” choice here; whatever works for you and your budget is the right decision. However, it’s important that you consider the maintenance of your pool before the installation.
You need to go through your schedule and see if you have the time to maintain it for yourself, or study your family budget to try and find the funds to outsource this.
Maintaining a pool can be surprisingly hard work, so you need to be ready for the extra costs (either in terms of time or finances) before you okay the construction.
DO: Shop around
If you have made the decision to move ahead with your backyard pool, then the next step is to find the right installer.
Given the cost of this kind of project, you’re definitely going to want to ensure you find the perfect company to install your pool. Here’s a few things to keep in mind during the selection process…
- Have a clear idea of what you want in terms of swimming pool design when you begin to contact companies. This is important in helping you avoid being upsold to. Know what you want and make it clear that you’re not intending to deviate from that.
- Ask to see photographic evidence of previous installations when considering hiring a company
- Better yet, ask if they have any customers who would be willing to let you visit their pool. The answer is likely to be no, but there’s no harm in asking!
- Obtain quotes from at least three different companies to ensure you get the best possible deal on the installation.
Done right, home swimming pools can be a stylish addition to any home, and offer myriad benefits for your lifestyle.
By avoiding the “don’ts” above and focusing on achieving as many of the “do’s” as possible, you should be able to make the most of your new swimming pool— enjoy it!