In areas where the weather is warm most of the year, it can be a great pleasure to have your own pool in the backyard. While some people are happy with the standard pool sizes and shapes, others prefer to speak with a custom pool builder to get something a little bit different. There are a few factors that need to be taken into consideration before designing your own pool, however.
Shape of the Pool
If you’re designing your own pool, it’s most likely going to be an in-ground pool rather than an above-ground pool. However, this isn’t the only decision necessary when deciding on the type of pool. There are a number of different shapes available to choose from in swimming pool design. These include the more traditional symmetrical round, oval, or rectangular pools as well as architecturally designed pools that have lots of right angles and more freeform designs. Think of how the pool will most often be used when making this decision. For example, people who like to swim laps will probably not want an oddly-shaped pool, but instead a more standard-sized rectangular pool.
Those who design their own pool can add a lot of special features that will make the pool even more enjoyable to use, such as robotic cleaning mechanisms so they can spend less time cleaning and more time swimming, pool lighting, and water features like fountains or waterfalls. Pools can also be designed to be more environmentally-friendly, using less electricity, fewer chemicals, and less water. There are even companies that design bio pools, which use plants and friendly bacteria in the form of a water garden to clean the pool water instead of chemicals.
Understandably, a custom-designed pool is going to be more expensive than a standard pool. Understanding exactly how much money you have available and whether you can borrow more to cover the costs of the pool is essential before starting the process. The budget will determine whether you’ll be able to have your dream pool or will have to make some compromises when determining the size, shape, materials, and extras to be used for the pool.