Building a pool in your home is an exciting project that can bring endless hours of enjoyment and relaxation. However, with the wide array of pool designs available today, it can take time to determine which one will best suit your needs and complement the layout of your property.

In this blog post, we’ll explore different types of pools, their advantages, and disadvantages, and provide valuable tips to help you choose the perfect pool design for your home. 

Identify the Purpose of Your Pool 

If fitness and swimming laps are your priority, consider a lap pool. If relaxation and hydrotherapy are your goals, a plunge pool may be a better fit. For aesthetic elegance and stunning views, an infinity pool is where it’s at. Knowing what the main purpose of your pool will be is a starting point on your journey to pool ownership. 

How Much Dedicated Space Do You Have?

Evaluate the size and layout of your property. If you have limited space, opt for a compact pool design like a plunge pool. If you have ample space, you can consider larger pool designs, such as lap pools or infinity pools. You’ll need to take accurate measurements to grasp what space is available to you, not just for the pool itself but any additional features you may want to add, such as decking or landscaping the surrounding area. Additionally, you will need to take local codes and ordinances into account, such as property setbacks and impervious coverage limits.

What’s Your Budget?

You can’t possibly start getting into the fun parts of pool design until you have a budget in place for the project. There are many costs associated with building a pool, and you’ll want to be prepared. Set a realistic budget that includes not only the initial construction costs but also ongoing maintenance expenses. Consider the costs associated with each pool design, including construction, landscaping, equipment, and long-term maintenance requirements. Don’t forget to shop around! Ask for quotes from various pool builders and compare.

What’s the Overall Vibe?

Take into account the architectural style and landscape of your property. Choose a pool design that complements your home’s design, creating a harmonious and visually appealing environment. Consult with a pool designer or architect to ensure the design aligns with your overall vision. You can even create a mood board with all your ideas in one visual space and present it to your pool designer to help them understand your concept. 

What is Your Local Climate Like?

Consider the local climate and weather patterns. If you live in an area with colder temperatures, you may want to incorporate heating features or consider an indoor pool design. If your region experiences intense sun, consider shading options to make your pool area more comfortable. Your climate may also affect the types of materials and equipment you decide to use.

Safety First, Always

Prioritize safety by incorporating essential features such as fencing, pool covers, and non-slip surfaces. Consult local safety regulations and ensure your pool design meets all requirements to protect adults and children. You can also use technology such as alarm systems and automation features that can add an extra layer of security and safety to your pool space. 

Pool Design Options 

The factors we discussed above will ultimately depend on the pool design you choose. Plenty of options are available, and some can address more than one need at a time. A few of the most popular pool builds include: 

  • In-Ground – Best for families who love being poolside
  • Lap Pool – Great for serious swimmers or water fitness enthusiasts
  • Above-Ground – A budget-friendly option 
  • Indoor – Water fun all year long
  • Natural – Blends in with your natural surroundings 
  • Infinity – Take in the property views 

Additional Pool Design Considerations

If you have started your search in any way, you were probably going through a thousand options and ideas before landing on your choice. However, there are a few more things you may not have thought of that you may consider, if not now, for any future addition you may like to make. 

Regulations and Laws – You can’t begin breaking ground until you get permission from your city to do so. There are many types of restrictions and codes that must be followed so that you are compliant with local laws. You may have to get particular permits depending on your project. 

Features and lighting – You may want to jazz up your space or add a little luxury by adding water features or configuring lighting around your pool space. Certain water features, such as slides or waterfalls, need to be considered during the design of the project as they will affect the pumping and circulatory system of your pool. 

Pool Warranties – Not all pools come with a warranty, but some of the work performed may. Ask your builders if they provide warranties, the duration, and what is covered and not covered under it. Some warranties cover the equipment you purchase that you will want to hold on to long after the box is opened. Check out our article for a more in-depth view of pool warranties. 

Property Taxes – I know, don’t shoot the messenger, but it’s a significant point to consider. Depending on which type of pool you build will depend on how your property will be assessed come tax time. An in-ground pool will increase your property value and property taxes. Other pools may not cause any change at all. In any case, it’s best to know so that you can be prepared during your next tax assessment. 

Are You Ready to Bring Your Design To Life? 

Choosing the right pool design for your home is an important decision that requires careful consideration of your needs, available space, budget, and preferences. There are many details that are involved with the process, and each one can have an effect on the other. But whether you opt for a lap pool, plunge pool, infinity pool, or somewhere in between, each design has unique advantages and considerations.

We’ve built luxury pools varying in size and design for over 50 years. We are experts in pool design and have an eye to bring your vision to reality. If you are ready to start your journey to pool ownership, we would love to be there with you as you take the plunge. Contact us to discuss your dream backyard oasis.