Installing a Backyard Pool to Keep Cool This Summer

How to Choose the Right Pool for Your Home

Installing a pool in your outdoor space is an exciting investment, but it’s important to consider all aspects of the pool you decide on to ensure it’s the right one for you. There can be many options for pools involving the materials used, the size, the shape, the positioning, and the surrounding area.

It’s good to know all of your options and potential limitations so that you can make an informed choice. Here’s a little guide to help you design your pool.

What will be the primary function of the pool?

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The first question to ask yourself when installing a pool is: what will be the primary function of a pool in my home? This will then determine your answers to the upcoming questions regarding size, materials used, etc.

Would you like a pool so that you can swim laps? Perhaps you have children and it would function as a play area. Maybe you would just like an area to relax in and cool off during the summer months. You might even like a pool to use for multiple reasons. Once you’ve figured this part out, it’ll make it easier to decide on the other features of a pool.

What size and shape?

The size of a pool can be determined by the available space as well as your reason for installing a pool. You should consider a pool of at least 18×36 feet or larger if you have a large family of 6+ members. A 16×32 feet pool is recommended if you have a smaller family or are working with a smaller space.

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A 14×25 feet pool would be most appropriate for pools that will serve as a small place to hang out and relax in your yard. A qualified landscape designer will be able to help you make the right decision if you’re still unsure which size pool would be best for your home.

The available space and size of pool you select will factor into the shape you choose, whether it be rectangular, kidney, or bean shaped, among others. Of course,

What is your budget?

The necessary funding for the installation of a pool consists of installation, running, and maintenance costs. Your landscape designer can help you to calculate estimated cost for the pool you would like to determine if this is within your budget. If not, the necessary adjustments can be made to accommodate for your available funds, such as a smaller pool size or cheaper materials.

What kind of pool deck would you like?

The surrounding area of the pool can be just as important as the pool itself. You want it to function well and look good. There are many options for materials and designs for pool decks and it’s important to factor this into your budgeting.

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When choosing a deck there are a handful of important factors to consider, such as how slippery the surface will get when wet, whether it retains heat or reflects it, and if it’s likely to grow algae and other fungus. Your landscape designer can help you to make these decisions by offering professional advice based on your available finances and the space you have to work with.

If you’d like to discuss a pool installation or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Dalzell Design Landscaping.

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