Things to Consider Before Building a Pool in Your Backyard

by Dave The Handyman on August 20, 2012

Your family has been working so hard – saving up money, planning for the future. Isn’t it about time you had some fun? So many people don’t enjoy their backyards as much as they should and if you enjoy swimming but don’t live near the beach, why not bring the beach atmosphere to you? Today we are going to talk about how you can go about getting your very own pool in your backyard because there are a lot of things to consider.

Selecting the Perfect Location and Shape for Your Yard

When adding a pool to your backyard, one of the most important things to think about is the placement. Having your pool in an area where there is going to be plenty of sun is going to help keep the water much warmer for you and your family. You also want to pay attention to the location of trees and bushes. The closer your pool is to plants, the more debris you are going to need to clean out on a regular basis. Many people find a location in their yards that doesn’t have any trees in order to keep their pools cleaner. However, trees and other forms of protection can keep wind from blowing directly over your pool; which will lower the amount of evaporation, so that is something to keep in mind as well.

Of course, there are other factors that must be kept in mind as well such as what is beneath the area you have selected. The last thing you want to do is start the digging process only to find out there are wires located below or pipes. Always, always, always do your research before you begin tearing up your yard so you can keep the whole project as simple as possible.

Choosing the Right Shape for Your Family

There are an endless number of pool shapes to choose from. The most common types are Ovals, L Shape, Kidney Shape and Free Form. We recommend the oval shaped pools to those of you who are looking for the maximum space so you can play sports with your family and friends. The L Shape pools are fantastic if you are looking for a bit of separation in your space; you may choose to break up the L into shallow and deep ends so there is a place for children and an area for teenagers and adults.

Kidney shaped pools add something unique to your yard. They are fun because they have a unique design that can easily accommodate what you already have in your yard. Lastly, you have your free form, which is probably the most exciting. This allows you to create a unique experience that no one else out there has and makes your pool able to fit in a location that may not typically work for standard pools.

With so many great options out there, there is bound to be something that can work for you; no matter how little space you feel you have. Whatever you choose, take your time in the planning process because a pool is a large investment and you want to enjoy it to its full potential.

Material Options to Consider

There are a few different ways you can go about building your pool and while it is best to speak with a professional to select the perfect solution for your backyard, today we are going to give you some of the basics just to give you a bit of a heads up.

Concrete and Gunite are two materials that are going to give you the strongest pool on the market these days, while vinyl pools are less expensive and offer a much smoother siding. Fiberglass is another fantastic option that allows you to use fewer chemicals in your pool, which is something more and more people are leaning towards.

The article is written by Barry Leon, a passionate home improvement blogger. She highly recommends custom kitchens for working women as it provides complete ease in balancing work and home.

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