Similar to houses, cars and vacations, new swimming pools can come in all shapes, sizes, and budgets. They can be simple or boast lots of intricate features. As with other significant life investments, your family will find the process more enjoyable if you discuss and determine a few things before you meet with pool builders in the Phoenix or Tucson areas.
The Purpose of Your Pool
Are you building a pool for fitness, family fun, or because you want something beautiful to lay beside? Your goal will help you narrow down features and options.
Your Backyard's Needs
A pool will likely be the central focal point of your backyard, but you should also think through what other changes will allow you to enjoy it. Is there background noise that will need to be masked or muted with landscaping? Are there places for people to sit?
Your Construction Budget
Your construction budget is your initial upfront investment in transforming your backyard. It includes your pool, decking, and any other backyard features you may need. Financing is available, but it's important to think through what you can afford. You wouldn't want to get excited test driving a Maserati, when you need to be looking at Fords and Hondas.
Your Preferred Construction Timeline
There's no way to get around it. If you are building a pool, your backyard will be dirty for a few weeks. Thinking through what time of year works best for your family to accommodate the mess can keep you from feeling overwhelmed in-process.
Depending on the complexity of your project, a pool typically take 6 to 8 weeks to build.
Your Maintenance Budget
Pools cost money to operate and maintain. And also someone's (the owner's or a pool maintenance person's) time to clean, though in-floor cleaning systems definitely help limit this. Knowing your maintenance budget and intended maintenance resources can help your pool design consultant steer you towards dimensions, hardware and features that will work best.
Your Property's Requirements
If you live in a community with a home association or a city with specific codes, it's helpful to know any restrictions in advance. There may be specific things you have to install (i.e. pool fencing) that are best thought through before your designer starts drawing up your custom design.
As a side note, your pool builder should be able to assist in the permitting process.
Equipped with this personal information, you are ready to start shopping! Enjoy it! And definitely make plans to come to the Presidential Pool Park to get lots of ideas.