Installing a custom-built swimming pool can provide your whole family with some wonderful enjoyment of the warm-weather season, as well as some welcome relief from the heat of the season. Before you talk with contractors and builders though, here are some things you should keep in mind, so you don't make a misstep that will cost you time and money later on. When you're ready for action, your swimming pool can be prepared to your specifications by the best San Diego home builders and custom pool experts, Wardell Builders.
Budget for your pool
It's best if you assume that you won't be getting a return on your pool investment which is anywhere near what you're putting in. When you're considering what kind of pool you want, think about the features you'd like to include, and keep a running tally of them to compare against your overall budget.
Do your homework
Learn everything you can about in-ground pools and above-ground pools, as well as filtering and cleaning systems, so you'll be better informed when trying to decide which kind of pool you really want.
Shape of your pool
If you're thinking about an above-ground pool, you'll probably be limited to a round or rectangular shape. However, you'll have many more options available to you for an in-ground pool, although you should bear in mind that it will still need to fit within your available yard space.
How it will be used
If your pool will be primarily used by children, you should emphasize durability and safety features. If adults will be the main users, and relaxation will be the primary function, you can be more stylish and aesthetically appealing.
Find out about any local safety codes or requirements, and make sure these are incorporated into the design of your custom pool.
You should check with your homeowners insurance company to see if having this type of pool installed has any impact on your existing policy. Whether it does or not, it's a good idea to update your policy to reflect the new addition.
Think about any extras that you consider necessary for your personal vision of this pool. For instance, you may want a year-round cover or temperature control, or you may want the most modern, self-cleaning filtration system.
You'll need to have a specific location in mind for your pool, and the dimensions of the pool need to fit comfortably within the area you have mapped out for it. This is very important to get right, so you don't have to change your plans after work has begun.
If you live in a geographic area subject to cold seasons, you'll need to have a strategy for maintaining the pool during that off-season. You'll also need to have a plan for opening and closing the pool each year, and keeping it warm against chilly days.
Maintenance and Upkeep
In addition to regular cleaning, you'll need to apply chemicals which kill bacteria, and you'll need to check on your filtration system to make sure that it doesn't get bogged down with debris or pollutants.
It may seem at times during the process that the pool idea is somewhat overwhelming, and you might start wondering if it's all worth it. It is absolutely worth all the trouble and planning! When your custom pool is ready for use, you'll start making memories with your family and friends on the very first day, and that won't end until the very last swim!
Builders of pools and builders of dreams
Wardell Builders is in the business of creating the very best San Diego pool design for our clients, but we're also in the business of helping our customers build the dreams they've always had. Contact us today about your custom pool or about San Diego home remodeling in general, and let Wardell Builders transform that vision in your head into a real and beautiful custom-made swimming pool.