So you have been dreaming about a pool for years, or maybe a summer day at your friends spent poolside has planted the seed. Whatever it was, before jumping into building a pool, there are a few things to consider. Here, BBJ & Builders lay out the 10 most important things to consider before embarking on a pool build.
1. Know your zoning laws.
Before breaking ground make sure your property is abiding by zoning ordinances for pools. Many cities have strict maintenance and liability laws regarding swimming pools and do not make exceptions. You may want to consider scheduling a consultation with BBJ & Builders to make sure your property is zoned for it.
2. Decide what type of pool you want.
There are three main types of in-ground pools available in the United States: vinyl-lined, fiberglass, and gunite (concrete). Weigh the pros and cons of each pool carefully before making a final decision. Each type comes with it pros and cons. BBJ & Builders can walk you through the options and help you make the right choice for your property.
3. Look toward longevity.
During Summer while temperatures rising, the quick installation times of fiberglass and vinyl-lined pools might be tempting. However, the durability and longevity of a gunite pool, most times, will outweigh the shortened install time of other options. You should also consult with your insurance agent about extending your home policy to your pool or spa in the event of damage.
4. Decide on a circulation system.
Chlorine or saltwater, indoor or out—every pool needs a water circulation system to keep it fresh and sparkling. With advances in energy efficiency, automation, and heating, an experienced pool builder can help you find a reliable, high-efficiency aquatic system for your pool.
5. Consider the Maintenance
If properly maintained, pools can be a valuable asset when selling your house. However, if not properly constructed and maintained, a poorly kept pool can decrease property value. If you are not capable yourself, be sure to hire a trained and certified pool maintenance company to keep your pool pristine.
6. Consider water features and lighting.
Swimming pools, like anything else have many options. Everything from dynamic jets, underwater lighting, and cascading waterfalls to water slides and diving boards. Any of these features can help create the atmosphere you are after. Consider what additional features you want for your pool before you build. They will increase your initial budget, but adding them in later can be messy, time-consuming, and costly.
Would you prefer palm trees shading you from the afternoon sun or a river rock border around your pool deck? Similar to water features, lighting, and other accessories, proper landscaping can enhance the aesthetic pleasure of a pool. Look for inspiration online and consult with a landscaping company to create a breathtaking green space around your pool.
8. Determine your budget.
With pool type, maintenance, and accessory options now considered, you will need to determine the budget for this pool of your dreams. Speak with a financial advisor about the costs and benefits of adding a pool to your property. Consider what is budget is suited for your home and the value it will add to the property.
9. Compare Pool Companies
If you’ve checked off the last 8 items, it’s time to start comparing pool companies. Be diligent in this step as this is probably the most important item on this list. Things to consider are reputation, experience, price, and what is included for said price. In order to close the deal, some contractors may not include everything in their initial bid, which is why the following item is also very important.
10. Know your contractor.
Any construction project can have unforeseeable costs or setbacks. Pool construction is no different. You want your pool to be the destination for your family and friends, so hire a reliable pool construction company you trust. Look at online reviews. Speak to previous customers of potential pool customers for each contractor.
If you live in the Laguna Beach, Dana Pointe, San Clemente or Newport Beach California areas and would like to speak to BBJ & Builders about having a pool built feel free to contact us.