Purchasing a swimming pool is an exciting time for many people. With so many different designs and styles to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is going to suit your backyard the best. A swimming pool, if done right, can be a substantial investment to your home, so its worthwhile planning the design carefully to increase the likelihood of gaining maximum return for your investment.
Here are some important things you should consider when choosing the right pool for your home.
The size and layout of your backyard
The size and layout of your backyard will ultimately determine how big your pool can be and the designs that will work in the space you have. A well-designed pool should tie in seamlessly to complement your backyard, keeping in mind, the pool should not fill your entire yard as you need to allow space to install fencing which is a legal obligation. The pool cannot be directly accessible from your house and if you wanted an entertaining area or patio you will need to allow extra space for that, if you haven’t already done so. It is important to remember that any chairs or larger objects in these areas cannot be close to the pool fence, as they are a safety risk to children who are able to climb over.
Some homeowners have the luxury of space and have almost unlimited options when it comes to the size and layout of their pool. However, if this is not you, no need to worry, you can still have a designer looking pool at your place. There are tonnes of options available and we have fiberglass pools to suit sloping blocks, small backyards and even unusual shaped backyards. We can build pools on virtually any site.
What will your pool be mostly used for?
There are many types of fiberglass pools on the market, all of them are manufactured for different purposes. When considering the size, style, and shape of your pool, you should ask yourself, “What am I/we going to use the pool for?”
Here are some different styles of fiberglass pools:
If you are choosing a pool for the intended purpose to be fitness, you might consider a lap pool. They are slim and long in shape and designed for swimming laps. Lap pools are suited to most types of backyards. These are great for narrow backyards with limited space.
If you are looking for something to relax in after a hard day’s work or if you are limited on space, a swim spa might be suited to your requirements. A swim spa is a pool and a spa in one! They have the advantage of both relaxing and swimming. Designed with spa options in mind, but also big enough to have a swim in. They are great for small backyards and courtyards.
Kidney or Manhattan pool
Our kidney and Manhattan pools are a free form shape, they have soft, round edges and allow endless possibilities for landscaping and water feature options. They are suitable for smaller sites right up to large backyards.
Courtyard or Plunge Pool
Aussie backyards are getting increasingly smaller, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool of your own to enjoy. A plunge or courtyard pool is a good choice for people who have a confined space to work with. Our courtyard pools can fit the smallest of backyards with our range starting from a modest 3.45m x 2.6m.
Its no secret that a spa is a great place to relax and unwind. Warm jets and bubbles to soothe your tired body, yes please! They can either be added to the end of your pool with the spa water cascading over to the pool or if your property is limited in size you can have the spa freestanding in your backyard.
Family sized Pool
If you have children, a large pool with adequate safety features might be on top of the list for you and your family. Family sized pools are generally the most popular choice of pool and come in a huge selection of sizes and colours. If your space allows, your options are endless!
Most well-established pool companies have a vast variety of pools to choose from, you should be able to find the perfect shape and design suited to your backyard and lifestyle needs.
Do your pool ideas suit your backyard?
It’s easy enough to think of what you want, but logistically, will it work in the space you have? A well-designed pool tie in seamlessly with the design and layout of your home and compliments your property does not overtake it. First, think of the design of your home and what will suit it best. Would a sleek, modern style of pool with straight lines and edges compliment your home? Or perhaps something with soft, round edges with more of a tropical oasis vibe is more your style? An experienced pool builder can work with you to choose the pool and finishes that will complement the style of your home.
An additional consideration when picking a pool to suit your home is which color pool will harmonize with the existing surroundings of your yard. Choosing the right color can be the difference between a good-looking pool and a great-looking pool. Fiberglass pools come in a variety of gel coat colors.
Where is the best spot to put your pool? Here are some helpful tips:
- If you are limited on space, it’s a smart idea to place the pool along with one of the fence lines in your backyard. This not only gives the illusion of more space but eliminates the need of pool fencing on one of the sides, that is if it meets the specific safety requirements of course.
- A pool in your backyard should be highly functional to complement the existing layout. Sectioning off a substantial amount of your yard that does not flow and takes over is not appealing.
- You don’t need access to your pool from every side. Just one or two is enough.
- If possible, place your pool in a sunny, north facing position. The heat from the sun warms your pool approximately 4 degrees, meaning you can use it for more months of the year.
- It is best to place your pool in a spot in your backyard that is not surrounded by large trees. This will avoid leaves constantly falling your pool making it dirty and more work to keep clean. This also eliminates the risk of tree roots intruding in your pool area.
- A well-designed pool is visible from inside the home. This not only invites you outside but makes it easy to keep an eye on kids if they are swimming in the pool.
A well thought out pool design can not only provide you with a stunning showpiece at your home but can appeal to potential buyers too if you decide to sell!
Most importantly though, you should love what your pool looks like from all angles of your home and backyard, as the truth of the matter is, you will look at it just as much, if not more than you swim in it.
The first step, picking your pool!
When installing a pool at your place, the first thing you should do is choose the type of pool you want. Once you have done this, you can then consider factors such as fencing, paving, etc that will work with the design of your pool. Understandably, a pool is a large investment for some, so you want to be sure the design and layout you choose for your home is something you will not only be proud of today but for years to come.
Take your time when choosing a pool to ensure it is right for you and be sure to clarify any questions you might have about the layout or design of your pool with the pool builder before construction begins. If you would like any helpful advice regarding different pool designs and styles that will work best at your place, please give us a call, our highly skilled team here at Barrier Reef Pools in Perth are happy to assist and answer any questions you may have.