Posted on: 5 February 2020
When constructing a pool, there's a lot more to the job than handing a contract to a company and letting them do their thing. Here are four issues you need to consider before you get too involved with your project.
Zoning, Regulations, and Permits
Unless you're building a completely indoor pool, the odds are pretty high that you're going to be subject to zoning rules. There may be limits on how big the pool can be, and there will be limits on how close to the property line it can be constructed. Similarly, you may need to obtain a permit. Contact the zoning board for your municipality to learn what the regulatory hurdles are in your area before you contact a pool builder.
Even with an in-ground pool, the weight of the pool's wall and the water it'll contain represent somewhat significant engineering challenges. This is especially the case if you're going to be building on the side of a hill. A small slope can encourage the entire structure to slowly shift over time, potentially leading to cracks and compromise. It may be necessary to hire a separate contractor to handle grading or bring in materials to provide support for the new pool.
Filtration is an especially big deal when working on a pool. There are many options, but chlorine and saltwater are among the more popular choices. You'll also want to talk with your pool contractor about options, such as installing heating and lighting systems. Having an automated cover for the pool can be an immense convenience, too. If you're interested in energy efficiency and water conservation, you'll want to have that conversation early on as well.
Most folks like to have their pools somewhat integrated with the surrounding property. For example, it's common to have a patio that connects directly to the pool deck to allow for easy access.
A feature that many people overlook is landscaping. Developing some landscaping features, such as bushes and small trees, in the vicinity of the pool can provide beauty, privacy, and shade. Likewise, water features like falls can be added in the pool itself or nearby to provide visual and auditory interest. Even some hardscaping features, such as a rocky outcropping or a retaining wall, can make the space more three-dimensional. If you're looking for a little more visual excitement and comfort, consider adding a fire pit.
For more information, reach out to pool contractors in your area.Share