If you’re about to add a pool to your yard or garden, you’ll soon find that it’s a bit more complicated than picking out a rectangular shape and digging in. There’s lots to think about if you’re going to make your pool a show-stopping central feature of your home rather than, well, a rectangular pit with water in. Here’s a few pointers to get you started.
Plan to build the pool in a part of your garden that won’t section off a whole portion of the yard.
If you have a smaller area, build the sides of the pool against your boundary so that you can use the boundary as part of the sides and/or fence.
You don’t need to be able to get into the pool from all sides – you really only need one or two sides open to access.
You should also situate the pool somewhere where it’s visible from the main living areas of the house so that you can always keep an eye on the children and also look out on it as a feature.
Don’t get hung up on the idea of a lap pool – no-one ever actually does laps.
Design and build with the kids in mind – when they’re grown up they’ll bring the grandkids and if you sell, your home will appeal to families.
You simply can’t make a domestic pool safe to dive in – you just can’t. Full stop. Don’t even think about it; just ban diving.
Everyone will congregate in the areas where you can sit or recline in the water, so take extra care here and make the effort with steps and bench areas.
If you’re including a spa or a set of steps, build them within the pool itself, or part in and part out. Separate steps and spas are a bit yesteryear.
When people get into and get out of the pool they usually head from or to the house, so place the pool fence gate and steps in a line that leads towards the house door so it’s an easy route.