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How to Add a Custom Swimming Pool to Your New Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:39

Are you tired of going to a hotel or the beach every time you want to enjoy some time in the water? If so, building a custom pool in your backyard is a great option. A swimming pool offers privacy, and you can be able to keep it clean and sanitary as compared to a public facility. Additionally, you get to choose a design that adds value to your home and increases curb appeal. However, choosing a custom style is not always easy for most people. Several factors come to play, and understanding them can help you come up with a structure that delivers on functionality and aesthetics. Here are the things that you should have in mind when building a custom pool for your home.

Think about Your Design

What kind of style do you want for your pool? Are you going for the standard rectangle or oval, or are you thinking about something different? When it comes to choosing a design or shape for your pool, there are so many options out there. You can go for the L-shaped pool, the kidney style which looks like an oval with an indentation on one side, the figure 8, the free form that can be curved in any shape, or the Roman style with stylized corners and round ends. Whichever design you have in mind, make sure that you have a designer to draw it and give you an idea of how it will look before committing to the project.

Choose Your Materials

A swimming pool is a permanent structure in your home. Choosing high-quality and durable materials is not an option, especially if you want it to maintain curb appeal for decades. That is why you should put much thought into the materials you want for the pool. Also, have the climatic conditions of your place in mind. Some materials are easier to winterize than others. If you live in the cold areas, a vinyl pool would be an ideal option as it is easy to winterize. It is also quite affordable. On the downside, vinyl is not as durable as other materials, and it is also high-maintenance. Fiberglass is another material that’s commonly used for custom swimming pools. It is not costly but is more durable than vinyl. It is suitable if you want an affordable pool that is not high maintenance.

The best material for your pool would have to be concrete. Although it is the most expensive of the three, concrete is extremely durable and does not require much maintenance. It can be built in any shape and form and allows you to incorporate finishes such as glass and tiles. Choose durability over cost as most cheap materials may cost you more in the long term for repairs and maintenance. Also, make sure that you get quality finishes as well.

Select Your Circulation System

Pool water should be regularly circulated to ensure it remains clean and sanitary. A circulation system will help you achieve this. It is made up of a pool pump, heater, filter, and sanitation system. Filters options are sand, diatomaceous earth, and cartridge. Filters get rid of debris and dirt while the heater treats and heats the water. The sanitation system ensures that the water is healthy. It can use either bromine or chlorine to treat the water. Take the time to explore the available circulation systems and work with your contractor to choose the best one for the pool.

As you plan for your pool, remember to get permits from the local council. Since this is a structural addition to your home, you need to ensure compliance with the local building and zoning requirements. Also, work with an experienced contractor and designer to ensure that you get the best value for your investment.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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