If you like to entertain friends and family at your home, listen up: there’s nothing more inviting than a lush, aqua blue swimming pool. And not only is it a gorgeous, eye-catching invitation to relax, but a pool also adds value to your home.
Factors to consider when adding a pool to your home include your budget; the size/space available for the pool; and the design aesthetic (“vibe”) that you’d like for your swimming pool.
Below we discuss the various styles and designs that you should consider when putting in your very own custom pool!
Above-Ground versus Below-Ground
This is your first big decision. Above-ground pools are less expensive, easier to install, and can even be moved to a different house in the future. There’s not as much digging, either — meaning less mess during installation.
The catch? These pools don’t have that lovely, seamless built-in look that many homeowners desire. And as a result, homes with above-ground pools will likely not increase much in value.
Also, above-ground pools aren’t as deep as below-ground pools. If you have kids that love to jump into the water or you plan to swim laps, consider a below-ground pool.
Modern, Rustic, or Tropical
There are a number of pool designs to consider after you’ve determined your budget and space available. Modern pools tend to have geometric lines, glass or granite features, “infinity” edges, and sometimes black pool bottoms.
Rustic pools tend to have traditional stones or boulders, and may have cactus or other natural vegetation spread around the pool. Tropical pools often have waterfalls, palm trees, and bright blue pool bottoms to give that classic Caribbean color.
Regardless of which option you choose, ensure your pool looks good with your other backyard features.
A Standard versus Zero-Entry Swimming Pool
If you’re going with a below-ground pool, consider next the entry types. Zero-entry (also known as “beach entry”) is just like it sounds: the water laps peacefully at the shallowest end and, just like a beach, and you can walk in slowly.
This is great for young children who may not want to get all the way in, or for adults who like to lay in shallow water while sunning or enjoying a drink.
A standard entry pool typically has stairs or a ladder leading into the pool. In these pools, the shallowest part of the swimming pool may be 3 or 4 feet deep. So once you’re in, you’re in.
Chlorine versus Saltwater
In addition to design, you’ll want to think about the type of water in the pool. Chlorine has been a popular option for decades, but the harsh chemicals (i.e. bleach) can damage hair, skin, and swimwear.
Saltwater is easier on skin, but installing the saltwater generator upfront is a hefty cost. So if you’re installing a pool and don’t plan to stay in the house long, this upfront cost may not be worth it. Also, some pools may end up with unsightly “saltwater rings.”
Designing a New Pool Should Be Fun!
If you’re putting in a new pool, don’t let the decisions stress you out. We can help! Contact us today to talk about swimming pool options. You’ll be relaxing in your pool with a margarita in no time!