If you have decided that a swimming pool would be a great addition to your home, it can be tempting to dive in so to speak, and get started on arranging an installation before really thinking things through about what features you want and other important aspects that could make a difference to the end result.
It may well be that a custom shaped concrete pool could be the right choice for your setting and requirements. Whether you have a young family or want to use your pool for fitness as well as fun, these are all things that you need to think about before going ahead with your plans.
The aesthetics of an inground pool
The general weight of opinion would come down in favour of an inground pool, which is very often more aesthetically pleasing on the eye and offer you greater design flexibility than an above ground pool.
It is fair to say that if you decide to go for an inground pool, you have to be prepared to go through the process of obtaining construction permits and be ready for the excavation work required to install your pool.
It is likely that your inground pool choice will be more expensive than one that sits above the ground, for obvious reasons, but the work and expense is often well worth it when you see the end result, and enjoy a potential boost to your house value too.
A matter of perspective
When it comes to swimming pools, size really does matter and is an important consideration.
It can be tempting to go for a pool that is as large as you can make it, as there is an obvious appeal in that, but what you don’t want to do is be over-ambitious with your plans and end up with a pool that might look out of place, only because the perspective in relation to the location dimensions doesn’t work.
A good tip when you are planning your pool, would be to mark out your intended pool area using something like a rope or a non-permanent spray paint. This will enable you to visualize how it might look and whether you might need to scale down your plans a bit to get the right balance.
Work with your theme
Another important consideration when trying to choose the right style, shape and size of pool, is to work out what sort of theme or feel that you are trying to achieve with your garden space.
Swimming pool design options are a virtual blank canvas these days, so you definitely don’t have to make do with a standard-shaped pool of you don’t want to.
Therefore, you can turn things around and work out what sort of theme and ambience you are trying to attain, then look at your pool options to see what works best to fit in with those ambitions.
When your swimming pool is ready you will certainly be itching to dive in, but avoid jumping in at the deep end when considering your design plans, so that you get it just right.
Charlie Read works in the construction business and has worked on his fair share of swimming pools over the years. He started writing articles after an accident left him unable to work for a few months and hasn't stopped since he got back on his feet.