In the event the plans for your backyard comprise an in-ground swimming pool, you may start by doing your own design. Whether you wind up with just a rough sketch or a detailed strategy, the time is well-spent and you’ll avoid many of those”I shoulda” moments. By providing the pros something concrete, to begin with, you will also save a great deal of time in dealing with them. . .less back-and-forth, as the family debates what you truly want.
I recommend starting with a trip to the magazine rack at the bookstore. Numerous publications highlight all the hottest trends and sufficient glossy photos to get the household excited. From the get-go, however, be sensible about how much space and money you can dedicate to the project. Focus on designs that fit your premises, not only in proportion but in style and grandeur. The Trevi Fountain is amazing but it wouldn’t seem right in most sub-division backyards. If the architecture of your home is appropriate, then stick with that. If it’s rustic, proceed with that. I have seen many people blow sixty grand on a beautiful pool that just looks out of place. Lastly, keep in mind that there’s a whole lot more to it than just the container that retains the water. A great pool is a collection of water impacts, decking, furniture, landscaping, and at times architectural elements like walls, benches, fireplaces, as well as outdoor kitchens.
If you are the engineering type, you may choose to get one of the computer programs available that draw pools. Some are simple and free. Some are full cad/cam apps that require a Ph.D. Or, you may want to just catch some graph paper and a few colored pencils. Both approaches work equally well. Your pool builder is only likely to use it as a manual any way to put the design to the format he/she is used to. As you examine your site, a couple of things will come in handy: Assemble enough garden hose to approximate the perimeter of your future pool. Most pools have a perimeter of around 90 feet but obviously, you may want less or more. Have a wonderful long measuring tape on your belt and gather up a couple of pieces of outdoor furniture that resemble what you may eventually want to accommodate in the poolside. It’s easier to see just how much room you want to walk around an actual sofa seat than it would be to imagine it. Most of all, you have to drag any household members into the backyard who will ever use the pool. Now is the opportunity to have a consensus about what everyone needs; not after you and the swimming pool builder have spent 50 hours at the design.
Using the garden hose, layout the digital pool perimeter in the shape and place you have in mind. Now, you’ve got lots of things to consider. First and foremost is your proximity to the foundation of your residence and some additional structures. Some heavy equipment will be digging a huge hole and you don’t wish to undermine the ground that is supporting your very wonderful house! I suggest keeping the waterline at least seven feet away from any foundations. Assuming that you are doing a gunite pool, the pool at the very top is 12″ thick so seven feet will offer a six-foot buffer zone. Then consider where the rain goes which falls off the roof of your property and drains off the surface of your lawn. The location, and elevation, of the pool, will have to be designed to prevent dirty runoff from fouling your pool water. Most anything can be achieved with underground drains but as you might expect, complexity costs money. Then consider the entry point(s) to your pool and the anticipated pathways from various points in the garden. When planning the decking, you may choose to use some extra garden hose. Decking can be costly but it often makes the pool much more usable. Put some of your outdoor furniture in likely spots around your digital pool and see exactly what you want to walk around everything without feeling bloated. Most pool users spend more time around the pool than a pool.
Another significant consideration is the location of underground utilities. Without a charge, your utility companies come out and paint lines in your yard to mark the gas lines, water lines, and some other underground electric runs. Sewer lines and septic systems can be more difficult to figure out but now’s the time to find them. Possessing the pool excavator knock on your back door is not a fantastic feeling. In case you’ve got overhead electric or telephone lines in the pool area, you may also have to consider the height of the equipment needed to excavate the pool. Last, this equipment will probably need access to this pool site from the street; all that grime has to be hauled off and the normal equipment needs at least six to eight feet of walkway. Yes, air conditioners could be transferred, and fences can be transferred but it all costs money and sometimes may necessitate the collaboration of neighbors. (Start bringing them biscuits now.)
Lastly, think about the space needed for nice landscaping. Check it out right here. Whether you get it done with all the pool or include it later, a landscape plan will finally frame the job and create the needed connection to the rest of the garden. Simple or elaborate, don’t forget to include any needed water pipes and electric runs to get sprinklers and light. It is much more economical to trench through dirt than your pretty new pool deck.