An elegant Swimming Pool designed for a home by Space Landscape Designs of Australia
You finally decided to take the plunge and now you are just about to choose your first ever family swimming pool. You can hardly wait, the summer is nearly here and the spring is mild enough to enjoy some great family time in the garden.
The missing part of the puzzle is just around the corner, so let’s look at how you should proceed. Swimming pools are a fantastic addition to any family home, but you should take a little time when deciding on the type of pool that suits your needs.
Think About Your Pool
A dip in the pool, sizzling BBQ treats and a nice backyard picnic – which family wouldn’t love it!
You will need to appoint a swimming pool designer to make your ideas reality but before contacting one, you need to be clear on what those ideas are. Make a list that contains all of the things you want from your pool and speak to your family for their input as well. The pool designer has seen it all before, but he will be happier if you are both on the same page. Check out some websites for visual ideas and print these out – a picture tells a thousand words.
You may be aware that there are three different types of inground swimming pools; you should do a little homework and see which one suits your needs:
A custom Gunite Pool in Cleveland, Ohio – Photo Courtesy: Green Impressions
- Concrete or Gunite pools – These are the traditional type of construction and are very versatile. They have unlimited design options because of the nature of their construction medium. But they require more water treatment due to the concrete aspect.
- Vinyl Liner Pools – These are constructed using a concrete floor and steel or polymer walls. The walls and floor are covered with a durable vinyl liner. These are almost as versatile as the concrete pool construction, but the liner needs replacing at some point.
- Fibreglass Pools – A hole is dug into your ground and the fibreglass shell is then lowered into the space. These are easy to clean and will not require resurfacing, but the shape and size are limited to the shell construct.
You need to be able to locate a credible pool designer, and this should be one of your priorities. If you are stumped for ideas then have a look around your neighbourhood for some smart looking pool designs. Ask the owners for the contact details; they may get a commission and so should be happy to help.
A nicely designed swimming pool.
A great pool designer is worth his or her weight in gold. They can give suggestions regarding the size and design of the pool, but should be happy to listen to your input as well. You need to find a balance between your new pool and your present garden and home aesthetics. The pool designer will be able to lend their experience and together you should find a happy medium.
Both less space and money may be tackled with good planning and budgeting. Look at how nicely this small space has been converted into a nice pool and sitting area by Space Designs.
Buying a swimming pool is a little akin to buying a luxury car, and you can get carried away very easily. Unless you have won the lottery, it is wise to establish a budget and stick to it religiously. Explain your financial ceiling to the pool designer and you should have a realistic set of choices ahead of you for your magical family swimming pool!
Robert Blunt is a consultant to many leading landscape designers in Melbourne. He has worked on a wide variety of projects and has also written many articles on the topic of home improvement on his blog.