Swimming pools have been around for centuries. The very first swimming pool dates back over 5,000 years to the ancient Pakistani city of Mohenjo-daro, which in that time was likely only used for religious purposes. Pools for bathing and recreation were first created by the ancient Greeks and Romans around the 6th century BC, and they have certainly grown in popularity since then. Fast forward to the 21st century. Today, over 10 million pools are in backyards across the United States. There are lots of things to consider when designing your pool.
Design Your Pool Space
Pools are a highly prized feature for some homeowners. Not only do they provide a place to gather, to exercise, or perhaps just viewing pleasure, they add significant value to your property. The design of swimming pools has changed since their development over 5,000 years ago. Today’s pools have a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials to choose from that contribute to their structural integrity as well as the overall aesthetic. But how does a homeowner filter through these options and also make the right choices when designing a pool? That is where Redbud comes in!
Questions to Ask BEFORE Pool Construction Begins
Before design or construction can begin, consider these pool design related questions:
– How much space do you have to work with?
– What are the local building department regulations concerning pools?
– Who will be using this pool?
– How many people will be using the pool at one time?
– What is the primary goal or purpose of the pool? (Recreational, exercise, entertaining, etc.)
– Are there underground utilities present? (septic, electric, gas, water lines)
– What style/feel do you love? (Contemporary, Rustic, etc.)
– How does sunlight travel through the space?
– What is your budget?
– What is your construction timeline?
The answers to these questions will help to generate the design of a pool that fits your vision and your budget. The size of the pool depends upon the amount of space available, how and who will be using the pool, and how many people at a given time. The actual location on the property, the shape, and orientation of the pool depends on how sunlight passes through your yard, the location of existing utilities, and how all that works with the house. Ultimately, your budget, timeline and desired style will dictate the type of pool (fiberglass, vinyl, gunite), and further determine the size, shape, and finish material selections.
Pool Materials and Accessories
First determine the pool size, shape, and location. Then you can begin considering additional accessories for the pool. Consider fencing and surrounding patios, as well as locating (or hiding) the pool equipment. You can go big with a nature-inspired stone waterfall or even add on an infinity edge hot tub! Water features and lighting displays give your pool some additional life and movement. Incorporate sun shelves and benches to provide gathering areas or intimate places to soak up the sun. The possibilities are endless! Vinyl and gunite material pools are completely customizable; you can make your pool a true entertaining centerpiece.