If you’re like many of our customers this summer, you may be thinking about adding a pool to your backyard. If so, this article can show you how to pick the best spot for a pool.
Deciding to have a swimming pool is a big deal for homeowners today. You have many choices from above ground, semi-inground, and inground to what shape, size and other features you’re looking for.
But, you don’t want to forget choosing the perfect location. The placement of your pool can affect your enjoyment for years to come.
Things to Consider
There are a few things to consider right off the bat. First, you want to understand how you’ll use your pool. Do you want it easily accessible right out the back door? Or, do you want it placed towards the back of your yard.
You don’t want to randomly choose a location. It’s important to pick a spot where you’ll be more likely to use it. You also want to pick a good spot for viewing because let’s face it, pools are beautiful. Finally, you want to consider the shape and size of your yard as well as building codes and any homeowner’s association rules.
Now, let’s get into the details about placement.
What Might be in the Way?
First, you want to take a long look at your yard. Take a look at the position of the trees because this will affect your swimming pool.
While you do want trees and even larger shrubs for privacy and to provide beauty in your backyard, you most likely don’t want to place your pool right under a thick stand of trees.
Why? You don’t want to be fishing leaves out of your pool all year long. Plus, leaves make your pool dirty. In addition, tree roots grow, and they can damage your swimming pool if they get too close.
So, if you have enough room in your backyard, your pool and your trees can coexist peacefully. After all, you do want some shade after a long afternoon in a sunny pool. The shade is also nice over your patio for more enjoyment, too.
You can have a pool and beautiful trees and shrubs as long as you are strategic about the placement of each.
Where Will It Face?
Most homeowners want to put their pools where they get the most sunlight. This makes for more enjoyable swimming as your water will heat of quicker in the spring and stay warmer later into the fall. This allows people to extend the swimming season.
Most pool companies agree that placing your pool so it points west or south is the best plan.
Do You Want a Diving Board?
The next thing to consider is vertical space as well. If you want a water slide or a diving board, you again need to be strategic about placement. For example, your pool planner can help you decide where to place the diving board or slide so they aren’t in competition with the sun or your landscaping.
Does Your Home Provide Shade?
Just like with trees, you need to consider the location of your house so it doesn’t cast too much shade over your pool, or swimmers won’t enjoy the pool. It will be too cold.
What’s more, your city most likely has a code that says how close your pool can be to your house.
Don’t forget your patio deck as well. You want to make sure you have enough room around your pool and between the house for people to walk, sit, or gather for an outdoor meal.
Now that you have some tips to consider, and you’ve picked the best spot, it’s time to plan your pool. At U