4 Questions To Ask Before Designing Your Custom Pool

8 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Getting a custom pool means basically one thing; you are getting a pool designed specifically for your swimming needs. Instead of going with basic one-size-fits-all options, you can get a pool that will match anything from your budget to your guest list size and even your exercise needs. However it is crucial that you carefully consider some factors before signing a contract with a custom pool builder, such as Sunset Pools.

1. What Will The Pool Be Used For?

Asking yourself how you intend to use the pool will help you get the right size and shape. For instance if you are a serious swimmer, you either need a larger sized pool or perhaps one with a strong circular current.

For those who plan on using the pool primarily for family fun or lounging, you may want a pool with a shallow and deep end.

If you intend for your pool to be a decorative focal point in your patio or garden, you may want to enhance the decorative aspects by using colorful tile or great lighting.

Knowing the function of your pool is an essential starting point for getting the right custom pool.

2. What Kind of Maintenance Can You Do?

If you aren't planning on doing a lot of maintenance, you need to either ensure that you have a smaller pool, a lower maintenance pool (as in a salt water pool) or that you can find a company to regularly maintain your custom pool for you.

Larger pools and those that use chlorinated water typically require more cleaning and chemical adjustments than smaller or salt water pools.

3. What Can You Afford?

When calculating your custom pool budget, don't forget to add in the little extras that can often add up the cost:

  • Plumbing
  • Decking
  • Maintenance
  • Lighting
  • Maintenance

Don't just go by the cost of building the pool. Always calculate in extra money for construction difficulties or changes to your plan.

You also need to ensure that you can keep up any of the lighting, plumbing, decking and maintenance costs in the long term.

4. What Safety Features Do You Need?

In some cities or counties, you may have certain rules and regulations that require additional safety features, such as fencing. Be sure to investigate what kind of safety features you may need or may want to have when planning your pool design.

By thinking over these factors ahead of time, you can avoid a lot of headache and extra costs and get the pool that is perfect for you.