Building the Perfect Pool

Planning the Perfect Pool ~ a Pool Building Process Overview

Pool Construction Materials (3 types):

All 3 types of pools have their own benefits

Fiberglass pools allow for a very fast installation, especially in coastal areas with sandy soil or high water tables. They are limited in size and shape, though, because they must be transported to the job site. Although efficient on installation, they dramatically reduce the homeowner’s options for tile and coping, etc.

Vinyl pools offer more flexibility in terms of size, design, and installation. They, too, are limited with customization. Liners can be easily damaged and are expensive to repair.

Concrete pools offers the most in terms of design flexibility and options. Benches for lounging or a wading area for small children are limited only by one’s imagination and budget. Although they may take longer to install and are generally more expensive up front, a concrete pool will outlast the others. Options such as water falls, stone work, water slides and specific depths can dramatically enhance the look and function of a custom pool. These details can set this type of a pool in a different league than its fiberglass or vinyl counterparts. If you want a special or unique look, then a concrete pool is your best option.

Planning a pool location

What factors are important in deciding on the best location for a pool?

  • This is where the importance of proper planning and a strong design comes into play.

  •   A good plan prior to construction will take into account all aspects of the project.  Not only the customers’ needs and desires, but their property as well. 

  • Items such as existing drainage or grading issues can actually be addressed by strategically placing the pool and re-grading the property.

  • Will the pool be the main focus of the yard, or one piece of a backyard entertainment and recreation experience? 

  • Sometimes there are other limiting factors such as setbacks and easements that a homeowner may not have been aware of prior to planning for a pool.  

  • Shadows from homes and trees can also have an effect on a pool and need to be recognized during the design phase.

  • Conceptual plans, along with the ensuing refinements, help to determine the optimal pool location.  A good design prior to construction is essential.  This is what will tie all of the homeowners desires, function and property conditions so that each element comes together seamlessly once the project begins

Pool Decking

Pool Decking Materials:
There are essentially four types of commonly-used decking material:

  • Wood decking:

Not often used, but in certain designs, using an exotic hardwood such as ipe can create a dramatic border to a pool.

  • Natural Stone:

      Natural stone offers an array of colors and textures for a pool deck.  Natural stone is difficult to install in our particular region with frequent freeze/thaw cycles and requires diligent maintenance and upkeep.  Also, darker-colored stones tend to radiate more heat than other materials.

  • Concrete:

Concrete is available in many styles, from a simple broomed finish to an elaborate design impregnated into the concrete.  Concrete can be colored to complement the surrounding areas. Concrete decking is sometimes integral to a pool's construction, such as with a vinyl liner pool.

  • Pavers:

Pavers come in a multitude of sizes and shapes. These styles and patterns can be combined to create an infinite number of design options.
Pavers also have an additional benefit in that they can be removed and replaced easily if a pool repair is required.

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