After deciding to install an inground pool, planning your pool design will become an obsession! Think about some of the elements you’ll need to consider…
- Size – do you want to swim laps or are just looking to cool off on a hot day? Will your children be inviting the neighborhood to swim every day? Would a sport pool (shallow at both ends and deeper in the middle) fit your lifestyle? Then, there’s the practical consideration…how much space to you have to work with?
- Shape – closely related to size, this variable will depend on how you intend to use your new pool. It’s hard to swim laps when you don’t have a straight-away anywhere in sight!
- Location – do you want your pool to be the focal point of your outdoor living space, or do you want it to complement an existing entertainment area? If you have a patio and outdoor kitchen, you might want your pool deck to flow from this area. Or, you might prefer to set your pool away from the traffic on your patio or deck.
- Steps – how do you want to get in and out of your pool?
- What special features are you thinking about? Waterfalls, fountains, and lighting can all affect your pool design.
- Finishes – your choice of color and texture on the finished surfaces can dramatically impact the look and feel of your pool.
In addition to the things that you need to think about, your pool experts at Blue Tree will be thinking about what needs to happen behind the scenes – the structural elements of your pool design. Construction elements, from excavation to plumbing to installing your pool deck, will be part of the detailed pool design plan that we’ll create for you.
Deciding how to landscape the area surrounding your pool is another design element that Blue Tree can help with. We consider your pool installation in the broader context of creating an outdoor living space that suits your needs. That’s where we differ from most pool contractors.
Landscaping around your pool comes with some special considerations. For example:
- You’ll want to avoid trees and shrubs with deep, spreading root systems. You don’t want to risk damaging your pool deck as your landscape matures.
- Make sure that your trees and shrubs are planted far enough away from your pool to avoid messy clean up jobs (falling leaves!) on an on-going basis.
- Choose pest-free plants. You don’t want the wrong chemicals leaking into your pool.
- Avoid plants/shrubs with any type of berries. Berries fall and can stain your pool surfaces. This same advice applies to fruit trees.
- What will your landscaping look like in three, five or ten years? Make sure that what you’re planning today will work with your pool as your plants mature.
- If you want some shaded areas around your pool, consider adding an arbor or trellis to your landscape plan.
These are just some of the things that we can help you with as your pool design plan comes together.
One final note. Make sure that your design plan includes fencing. While fencing is a practical safety concern – and legally required – a pool fence can be incorporated into your landscaping plan to add beauty as well as security to your outdoor environment. We can show you how!