Useful Home Pool Design Guidelines
Today, more than ever, the design of your home pool is important. After all, simply an extension of today’s building trends, pool design is working with smaller spaces because today’s homes are being built on smaller lots. Current construction methods, advances in technology, and new planning regulations means that pools can presently be built along building boundaries and property lines for space maximization. It’s not like the old days!
To help you in the beginning stages of planning, here are some home pool design guidelines to consider.
Guidelines for Home Pool Design
Here are a number of things to remember when it comes time to design your pool:
- The backyard layout is important, and the pool should be integrated into it. As an example, you could take advantage of a property slope when designing your pool.
- Look at the architecture of your home. The pool should be an extension of it. As an example, build your pool in the same theme as your home if it is a modern recti-linear house.
- Water temperature will mean everything when it comes to how often you use your pool. It’s harder to heat when it’s bigger, so keep that in mind.
- For seamless use and continuity, make the transition from the house to the pool a logical progression.
- Rather than outside of the pool form, build steps and spa areas so that they are either half in and half out of the pool, or entirely within the overall pool.
- Pay close attention to bench, beach, and step areas because places where you sit or lie down will be the most used areas in the pool.
- Get it in your head, and the heads of friends and family, that this is not going to be a diving pool. It’s unrealistic to think that you can make a safe, domestic diving pool.
- If you have children or grandchildren, keep them in mind because they are going to be the ones who get the most use out of the pool. They’ll always be in it.
- Considering building a lap pool? Reality check – no one will do laps in it! Just sayin’…
Pool Aesthetics and Material Selection
How you want your pool to look will help determine what kind of material selections you make. Surface finishes such as wall cladding, fencing, interior tiles, pool paving surround, and more will figure into your pool design. Keep the following in mind:
- The ideal color combo: dark-colored paving and a light colored pool interior.
- If you’re worried about discoloring and staining, stay away from outdoor use of light colored paving products.
- When it comes to soft finishes and hard finishes, try to find a good balance. To break up the paving around your pool consider using a strip garden, planters, or potted plants. Hard masonry surfaces can be softened by decking and timber battens.
- Remember… This is your pool. You’re the one who’s paying for it. Figure out a design that you love and can live with. If nobody else likes your pool, they don’t have to swim in it.
If you’re going to a have pool installed, or if you have an existing pool, and you would like some decking built next to or around it, contact a professional contractor. This way, you’ll know the job’s been done right and that it will be built to last. It’s a great way to improve your pool design and increase the value of your home.