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Designs, Ideas and Concepts
A well-designed swimming pool will complement any outdoor living area and increase a home’s value, quite aside from the pleasure it brings. If you’ve decided to install a swimming pool in your backyard, you’ll need pool plans that reflect your pool design. You should keep the following pool ideas in mind to ensure the process is a success.
Swimming pools are now more sophisticated. They are more imaginative, innovative, and technically advanced. They are self-cleaning, self-chlorinating, and their lights change color. They have heat pumps, spas, beach entries, negative edges, perimeter overflows, tables, bars, and grottos. They have spectacular fountains and waterfalls and some look like lagoons and fish ponds.
The architectural theme of the adjacent residence or building often carries into the pool design. This is practice but not the rule. What is critically important is that the pool fits properly and is not in an easement or within the setback requirements. Setback requirements usually include pool features such as decks and waterfalls. Consult survey or plot plan and contact the local building department for guidelines. If you employ a pool builder/contractor they will do this for you. Your design should provide areas for entertaining, walkways, landscaping, and future development. Prior to excavating, locate all utilities, water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, and electrical wires. Clear buried wires by 5’ minimum and clear overhead wires by 10’ horizontal.
The layout of your pool will be determined to a large degree on the size of your backyard and its existing features. A pool should use space efficiently so that it does not overwhelm the backyard space and leaves room for other activities. Your backyard should be more than just a swimming pool – it is an outdoor entertaining area, and the design of the pool based on the overall space should reflect your lifestyle and should not overwhelm the yard space.
You may need a survey, site plan, plot plan, or a scaled drawing which depicts the outline of the residence and other structures, easements and property lines. If your proposed pool space is an unusual size, is located on a slope, or other special considerations, you may need additional engineering. You may be required by your local authority to get a permit before installing your pool.
- Geometric – where they are rectangular, square, round, or oval
- Complex – which can include freeform shapes, kidney shapes, Grecian styles, and so on. When deciding on the pool shape, you will also need to consider how the pool’s depth will vary as part of its shape and whether you want to include other features such as a spa or paddle pool as part of your design.
People often create multipurpose pools that have different levels to meet these needs. Please browse our pool gallery page for different pool ideas.
Swimming Pool Materials
While the pool is usually the focus of any backyard, the aim of your pool design should be the ability to use the outdoor space year-round. This means carefully positioning the pool and allocating space around it so that you can continue to use the remaining outdoor space whether the pool is being used or not.
It is a good idea to leave grassed areas near the pool for children and animals to play in. You can also incorporate entertaining and outdoor areas near the pool to provide shade in summer and to keep you warm during the winter.
Paved areas can be used as platforms for outdoor furniture and as thoroughfares, while judicious positioning of garden beds and the plants they contain can complete the look while offering privacy at the same time. The design of your pool and its surroundings should focus on the practical use of space.
As a rule of thumb, a pool and its surroundings should occupy an area of what you are comfortable with of the total available space. If you are installing a pool in a limited space, however, you can use retaining walls as part of the pool and other design features to mitigate this. When designing your pool always keep in mind how and when the pool will be used and leave space in your outdoor area for other activities.
Structural, Piping, Filtration and Electrical Considerations
Swimming pools come in a variety of types and can be used in a variety of ways. You’ll need to decide whether you want, for example, a saltwater pool, chlorinated pool and whether it will be heated so that you can use it year-round. The construction type you choose for your pool will depend on the site where the pool is to be located and how it is intended to be used.
Your choices relating to shape, size and depth will also depend on how you intend to use the pool and dictate the best materials for use in its construction. When creating your pool plans you will need to show the pool’s location on the property clearly, along with the positioning of the filtration equipment and the pool’s connection to the water supply.
Pool plans will also need to show how the piping is to be connected to the filtration system and how it will be installed including any necessary approvals. If you intend to use the pool year-round the plans will also need to show how mains electricity will be delivered to devices that will heat the pool water (or those from solar collectors).
After deciding the type of pool you want to build and its supporting piping and other elements, you will also need to choose an appropriate type of cladding for your pool to ensure safety and hygiene requirements as well as a pleasing look. Pool finishes are applied from the bottom of the pool walls to the top and can be provided in a variety of materials:
- Reinforced PVC – this is one of the most used materials for cladding because it is adaptable, impermeable and is easy to clean. It features a smooth, non-slippery finish, is resistant to UV and is long-lasting.
- Preformed Liner – this has the same technical specifications as reinforced PVC but is prefabricated based on the specifications of your pool.
- Ceramic – this type of coating is used only for reinforced concrete pools. It allows you to customize the pool’s surface, is resistant to cleaning agents, UV light and biological degradation.
- Mosaic Tiles – tiles have traditionally been used to create elegant and beautiful pool interiors. Available in a huge array of textures and colors, mosaics are the ideal covering if you want to create a pool that has great visual impact.
- Paints – paint coating techniques for concrete pools consist of painting the walls of the structure with specific products that are based on acrylic resins. It does not, however, guarantee a complete hydraulic seal and is used in combination with additives to achieve this.
By carefully planning your pool plans project, and making choices based on your pool ideas and its intended use, you can ensure your pool design becomes a prized element of your home which will add to its value.