You may be ready to begin your swimming pool building project… But is your backyard ready?
How would you like to add an incredible swimming pool to your backyard that will effectively transform this portion of your property into an oasis? The truth is that building a swimming pool is still one of the most popular home improvement projects for homeowners. But many homeowners don’t know that they must prepare their backyard before they jump into a pool building project (yes, that pun was intended).
Whether you’re looking to build a swimming pool for the first time or remodel an existing pool, you need to make sure that your backyard is properly prepared for the project.
To help you out, we’ve compiled several pieces of information that you need to know before pool construction begins:
Figure Out the Size and Shape
The size and shape of your future swimming pool will be largely determined by the yard space you have to work with and your specific plans for its usage. If you intend to build a swimming pool where you can perform laps for exercise, then you may want to make it longer than the average pool. Or perhaps you want to have an L-shaped pool or even a more unique shape to fit your personality.
Pay Attention to the Yard’s Slope
Speaking of size and shape, determining your specific design and installation options will have a lot to do with the yard’s slope. If your ground is mostly level, you’ll have a lot more options available. With a sloped yard, more pre-planning will need to be done by the contractor and additional machinery may be required for the work.
Decide How Much You Can Spend
Before you begin to prepare your backyard, you will need to determine your budget. Your budget should include everything from the costs of constructing a swimming pool to any changes to the landscape you may want to make.
Consider What’s Underground
You will always need to consider what lurks underground in your yard. You may have utility lines or pipes that could increase the cost of excavation and installation, not to mention the time involved. You should also consider talking to any neighbors who have installed a pool because they may have met items that are common in the area that prevent pools from being installed.
Make Some Pool Safety Choices
In addition to the swimming pool itself, you’ll need to consider the fence that you want to put in to ensure everyone’s safety. The bigger and more elaborate the fence, the more work that will need to be done to the yard. Plus, even though a pool safety cover won’t affect the preparation of the yard, this is another safety decision you’ll need to make.
Choose a Reputable Swimming Pool Builder
Building a swimming pool is not a task that you want to take on yourself. This means you’re going to need to find a reputable pool contractor in your area. When you locate one, check out online reviews and testimonials, investigate the years they’ve been in business, make sure they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau, and ask about their prices and guarantee.
Installation of Matching Hot Tub
Many homeowners decide to install a matching hot tub during their new backyard pool construction or pool remodeling. This is a fantastic idea because the pool designer and builder will be able to plan everything at once. This will not only transform your yard even more, but will decrease the cost of labor that you would endure over two separate projects done at different times.
Other Changes to the Landscape
Whether or not you decide to get a hot tub at the same time as your pool installation, there are other landscape features that you may want to consider. The most obvious will be the design and installation of a pool patio. Other landscape features would include the addition of vegetation, an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, pizza oven, and a variety of other options.
Contact Larsen’s Pool & Spa for Building a Swimming Pool in Tampa Bay
Building a swimming pool may take a lot of planning, but the result is always worth it. If you’re looking for a reliable pool builder, Larsen’s Pool & Spa is here for you! Our custom pool builders have been Tampa Bay’s most reliable resource for new pool construction and renovations for decades! If you’re interested in adding a swimming pool to your property, call Larsen’s Pool & Spa at (727) 786-POOL (7665) today to schedule a free consultation.