Questions to Ask Yourself Before Building a Swimming Pool

Consider purpose, space, cost and safety when thinking about getting a pool.

If the sunny days are making you think about building a pool in your yard, make sure you know the answers to the following questions before planning that summer pool party!

Who will be using the pool and for what purpose?
Do you want your backyard to be the one where all the neighborhood kids play, or are you looking for a therapy pool where you and your spouse can do water aerobics together? To avoid costly mistakes, make sure you're clear on how the pool will be used before you start making plans. No need to pay for a large lap pool if all you really want is a refreshing dip now and then.

How much of your yard are you willing to give up?
Let's say you could afford to build any size or shape swimming pool you want. But when it's all done, what will be left of your yard? Will there still be room for your kids or pets to play or to entertain guests outdoors without getting splashed? It might be necessary to scale down your plans in order to make the most of your available space.

What safety features do you need?
Pool gates and covers are a must if you have children or pets to protect. Be certain to include those costs in your budget. 

A waterfall is one special feature you may want to include.

What special features are you dreaming of?
If you've always dreamed of having a natural walk-in pool or a waterfall feature or perhaps a pool with an infinity edge, do your best to make that dream come true even if it means saving money in other ways. It would be a shame to go through the all the hassle and cost of building a swimming pool and not being fully happy with the finished product.

What are the monthly costs and time commitment to maintain the swimming pool you're planning?
The initial costs of building a pool can be enormous depending on the size, style and special features you decide on. But building costs aren't the only ones to consider. Do you have time to maintain the pool yourself or will you hire a service? How much do the necessary chemicals and cleaning products cost? How will keeping a pool heated affect your utility bill? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you decide if having a backyard swimming pool is still your dream.

What other backyard features do you want?
Planning for future projects before pool construction begins can save time, money and disappointment down the line. If amenities such as a pool house, outdoor kitchen or fire-pit are on your wish list, make certain your pool placement doesn't interfere with future projects or make them more difficult and more costly to install. Work with your contractor to create a realistic plan. 

Consider what other features you want in your backyard.

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