You’ve decided to get a pool for the new year…congratulations! As you start to get your pool plans in order, you may discover you don’t know all the ins and outs of pool construction. No worries—there are plenty of
gunite pool builders ready to help. But in the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with some ideas to get you started.
Backyard Pool Ideas
You may be eager to build your pool, but are you, yourself, prepared? A pool is a major investment of cash, of course, but also time, energy, and yard space.
Things to Consider:
What’s the best pool for you?
Pool size and style is primarily a personal choice. You may prefer to eliminate grass entirely and fill your space with the pool and patio, or you may want to include yard features in the new landscape. Once you’ve considered the size, you have a lot of style choices. From inground vinyl lined to lagoon style gunite pools, there’s something for every taste and budget when it comes to backyard pool ideas.
Gunite pool construction is one of the most popular choices in the U.S., providing unparalleled levels of design flexibility and aesthetic quality. Known for its dependable structural strength, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water that’s extremely durable.
Who should install your pool and how long will it take?
Local gunite pool builders can help you decide if the trendy gunite pool design is right for you. Your contractor can estimate a project completion date, but keep in mind that the weather doesn’t always cooperate. An in-ground pool takes anywhere from three to 12 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
- Will your landscape limit your pool plans?
Aside from determining the best fit for your yard’s dimensions, your gunite pool builders can help you consider your slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level, but with new technology, you can install a pool in virtually any yard. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations, and often add to the overall cost and duration of the project.
- What zoning restrictions will I encounter?
Your contractor or gunite pool builders will have the most up-to-date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas, so be sure to ask them how the permit process is handled. Zoning for pool construction is primarily handled on a local level covering issues like fencing and barriers, pool-depth requirements for diving boards, setbacks, proximity to utility lines and other issues.
- What should you know about insurance?
Insurance coverage for your swimming pool is part of your homeowner’s insurance. Some insurance companies raise premiums for owning a swimming pool and others do not. Consult with your insurance agent before purchasing or implementing your backyard pool ideas.
The more preparation you put into your pool plans, the readier you will be to swim when temperatures warm up in 2018. Pool builders are open year-round to help!