Getting Started

Steps to Getting a Pool

Planning your poolThe first step in building a swimming pool is making a plan. You must choose your site carefully, while rembering your budget restrictions as well as local laws that are in place. These decisions that need to be well thought out before your pool or hot tub becomes a reality. Keep in mind that inground pools and spas are permanent structures and will be prominent features in or around your home for years to come. Be sure to spend the time and energy necessary to create an environment that will last a lifetime.

Step 1: Decide How You Will Use Your Pool

How will you use your swimming pool? Do you want to relax, participate in healthy exercise, or entertain friends and family? Defining the uses now will help you choose the best location for your pool and decide on the style that meets your needs. 

Step 2: Consider Financial Aspects of Pool Ownership

You also need to consider the financial aspects of owning a pool or spa. If the pool is attractive and not highly specialized, it will be considered an asset.

Before work begins you would want to check with your insurance agent to be sure you have adequate protection. This insurance protection will need to begin immediately. Though the contractor and his subcontractors should carry liability and property damage insurance, make sure of these protections.

Pool PlanningDon't forget to factor maintenance into the cost of the pool that you choose. Routine pool maintenance will include keeping the water chemically balanced and sanitary, maintaining the support equipment, and cleaning the pool surfaces. You can contract a pool service professional to perform these chores, or you can do some or all of them yourself. 

Step 3: Determine Your Yard Size and Conditions

In addition to your yard's dimensions, consider your yard's slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typically add to the overall cost and duration of the project. Consulting a pool professional is a good idea as they will be able to tell you which shape would best suit your needs and whether or not it would actually be possible to construct a pool in your desired location.

Step 4: Design Your Pool

Aerial PoolOnce you have determined the yard size and conditions as well as what your pool will be used for, you can begin to design your pool. When you choose to design an inground pool you can add customized features. Be sure to remember to design the entire poolscape including decks, water features and the patio area.

Step 5: Consult a Pool Professional

Consulting a pool professional is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape would be an ideal fit for your particular yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Make sure to have the most up to date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas. Zoning is primarily handled on a local level and typically covers such issues as fencing and barriers, pool depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utility lines.

Step 6: Choose a Professional Builder

It is very important when choosing a professional pool contractor to do your research. You should talk to at least three builders when getting estimates. When interviewing possible builders, determine the number of years they have been in business, ensure that they are bonded and insured, visit their work firsthand or ask for examples of their work, and determine if they subcontract the work or use their own staff. 

Step 7: Choose Your Equipment

By selecting the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a gorgeous pool all year round will be an absolute breeze. In addition to choosing maintenance equipment for your pool or spa, you also want to consider safety equipment. Many specialty safety products are available on the market, including water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.