The unofficial start to summer is just around the corner. Just the thought of packing up the swimsuits, water wings, sunscreen, towels, change of clothes and loading the kids in the car to drive to the local pool or beach makes me want to find an alternative to beating the heat. Wouldn’t it be nice to skip all of that hassle, open the back door and enjoy your own backyard paradise?
Many people think that pool ownership is out of their reach. But what they don’t realize is that the cost of pool ownership is more affordable than ever. We’ve come up with a few ways that can help reduce the initial cost while still helping you achieve the dream of ownership.
When considering your pool, remember that bigger is not always better. It is possible to scale down the size of your pool without sacrificing the purpose – whether that be relaxation, pool parties, recreation, kids splashing, etc. Believe me, no child has ever said, “I don’t want to play in this pool because it’s too small!” Unless you are planning to swim 25’ laps, consider making the pool smaller in scale, which will incur less materials, construction costs and eventually maintenance.
Another way to be able to build the pool of your dreams is to wait on some common features. If you try to add many features on the front end, your initial cost will be higher. Be sure to talk to your pool professional so that they can plumb for these eventual features such as slides, fountains, spillover waterfalls. You can add those over time – which will reduce your initial cost.
Just like waiting to add water features later, you can also add a pool heater down the road. If you live in a warmer climate, you should be able to use your pool most of the year. The addition of a heater can make your pool accessible year-round, but it’s not a necessity at first. By waiting, you may also be able to gauge how much you would use a heater or even if it’s necessary at all.
Landscaping and patio additions make your backyard pool area complete. If you want to save some money, you can add a small pool decking area at first then add to it over time. This also is the case for other landscape additions like lighting, pavers, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.
If you want to keep the cost low for your swimming pool but would like most of the available features, don’t forget to check out all of the features that an above ground pool can offer. Not only are large sizes available, but they can be installed and ready to swim within two days.
Remember, proper planning is the key to your dream backyard. Hopefully some of these tips can help steer you in the right direction when planning your budget-friendly swimming pool.