For many people, swimming pools are top of their list when it comes to outdoor investments. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment for both adults and children alike, but they can also significantly increase the value of your home.
But, as with any project, success will largely depend on the planning phase, which is why it’s so crucial to be prepared and get this stage right.
These top tips will help boost the chances of your swimming pool project being a success:
1. Contact your local council
First and foremost, you should contact your local council and find out what the requirements are for installing a pool in your garden or outdoor space. They will also be able to tell you more about pool fencing, which is required by law now throughout Australia.
2. Talk to people who already have swimming pools
It might sound obvious, but people who already have swimming pools – especially if they were added since they bought their homes – are a great source of information. You can discover why they chose their particular pool design, find out what problems they had and learn what they would do differently given the chance again. All of this information can be invaluable when you are about to undertake a similar project.
3. Gather ideas
Even if you’ve got a good idea of how you want your pool to be in terms of shape, size, depth, style, etc., it doesn’t hurt to gather as many ideas as possible while you are still in the planning phase.
Magazines, company brochures and even visual-centric social networks like Pinterest are all great places to get ideas and compare what’s available out there.
4. Lay it out with rope
With a few ideas in mind, it’s easy to visualise how your pool might look by simply laying its shape out using some rope in the area where it will be located. The beauty of this is you can change the shape in an instant and experiment with what fits/looks best in your particular space, before you even make a hole in the ground.