A swimming pool can be a fantastic investment for your backyard and your home. Swimming pools can provide unbeatable entertainment for your family and friends. And as a bonus, the swimming season in Arizona starts earlier and ends later than in most places!
For some people, the choice to get a swimming pool feels like a no-brainer. But for anyone considering this investment, there are a few things you should consider before installing your pool.
Is a pool right for you?
Before you start to even think about logistics, materials, contractors, and layouts, step back and think about why you really want a pool. Is it purely for your family’s entertainment? Are you trying to increase the value of your home? Do you want to be able to host a big crowd for a pool party? Or do you just think you “should” have a pool if you have room for it?
Your answer to this question will help you determine whether or not a pool is right for you, and what kind of pool you’re looking for. Maybe you can accomplish the same thing by adding another feature to your backyard, like an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a splash pad, or a well-landscaped area for gardening and backyard games. Similarly, it could inform things like size, features, and design: a play pool designed with kids in mind is going to look different than an adults’ oasis.
What materials and features do you want?
With your purpose for getting a pool in mind, think about the materials and features you want to use for your pool, as this will help as you move forward. Some things to think about include:
- Pool surface materials (fiberglass, pebble, etc.)
- Water type (chlorinated vs salt water)
- Hot tub
- Waterfall/water features
- Depth (do you want a diving pool?)
- Play features (slide, basketball hoop, baja step, etc.)
- Heating option
- Surrounding materials (plants, pavers/concrete)
Can your backyard accommodate the pool you want?
Backyard size, shape, and slope are important factors to consider when thinking about installing a swimming pool. Your community or city may have regulations about backyard pools you aren’t aware of, which might limit your options. If you aren’t sure if your backyard can accommodate the pool you want, you might want to have a pool builder evaluate the site.
How much will it cost?
Taking into account size, shape, and features of your pool, get an estimate for how much your investment will be. A backyard pool can cost anywhere from around $30,000 to well over $60,000, depending on materials and features. Make sure you can get a pool you’re happy with without busting your budget.
Additionally, make sure you take maintenance costs into account. Pools have a large upfront cost, but they also require regular maintenance and upkeep, which can add to your monthly expenses, including your electric bills.
Who will you hire to help?
Choosing an experienced, qualified contractor to help build your pool is probably the most important decision you’ll make throughout this process. Your contractor could truly make or break your pool install experience. Make sure you take care when making your hiring decision. Ask for references and work examples. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors to see who they would recommend (or not recommend). And make sure to check out our helpful post on what to look for in a swimming pool company to help you make an informed decision.
Installing a swimming pool can be a fantastic investment in your home and lifestyle, but it’s important to think it through before diving in (so to speak). Consider these important factors, and you’ll be well-equipped to make a smart choice about your backyard swimming pool.
Contact Rustic Creek Landscaping today to get started on your custom swimming pool design and installation.