Preparing For Your Custom Pool

Posted on: 19 May 2017

An experienced contractor can be a great partner when you're about to get a custom pool built in your yard; however, it's important to remember that there are some things you need to take care of so that the pool can be a source of relaxation and enjoyment rather than a source of stress and irritation. With the tips that follow, you can prepare for the pool and avoid problems.

Make a List of Costs

Designing a custom pool can be be a fun experience; choosing a particular size and various features can make you feel excited about swimming and hosting parties. However, during the planning and designing stages, it is critical that you think about specific pool-related expenses that you're likely to incur over time. Making a list will give you concrete information that you'll need to keep in mind as you design the custom pool of your dreams so that costs don't get out of control. Some items could be:

  • Pool cover
  • Pool deck
  • Deck lighting
  • Testing kits
  • Replacement filters
  • Nets
  • Pool fence
  • Toys
  • Storage

Thinking about these expenses can affect what pool features you select, so it is wise to make this list as soon as you can.

Check Sun Exposure

Every part of your yard might not be right for the custom pool. Some areas may be shaded by your or a neighbor's trees, for instance. You may want to use flags or a rope to mark the area you'd like to put your pool in and keep an eye on it for a few days to ensure that it will get a lot of sun exposure. This task is important because it will help you avoid freezing water that can be uncomfortable while you're in the pool.

Read Zoning Rules

Depending on the zone where your property is situated, there are going to be some rules that you must follow regarding your pool. Your zone might have a requirement about fencing for in-ground pools, for example. There will be guidelines about how far away the pool must be from sewage drainfields, utility lines, the street and your neighbors. You can go to your city's zoning office and ask to get a copy of the zoning ordinance that pertains to your address so that you can check out these rules for yourself and pass them on to your contractor.

After reading all this information, you'll be better able to prepare yourself and your property for the custom pool to come. Ask your contractor for more suggestions you can use.