Home Remodeling Projects: Swimming Pool


If you live in warm weather climate, putting an in ground swimming pool can create a lot of fun, exercise and entertainment value for the family. A pool also comes with a lot of maintenance requirements and a number of safety precautions, so make sure you take all those things into account. There are a lot of decisions to make when planning for a swimming pool. The primary aspects are the location in the backyard, the general shape, and the depth of the swimming pool. In addition, usually a concrete or tile deck is planned and constructed around the pool. Oftentimes, when considering a swimming pool home remodel project, homeowners combine a pool with an outdoor patio or decking area. The type of pool and decking area will also depend on your established budget. Swimming pools are great for outdoor pool parties for both kids and adults. They also create a great atmosphere for evening entertaining by adding the water element to the overall ambiance. For hot hot hot weather areas, swimming pools are almost a must in order to stay cool during the day.

Project items for a swimming pool

There are a number of different products to select when building an in ground pool. Your pool contractor should walk you through these tasks and items that you need to consider for your project. Here is a suggested list to help you understand what will be discussed and how to address the different selections you will need to make for your new pool.

Hardscape Pool Pump
Plants Pool Surface
Pool Pool Tile
Pool Coping Spa
Pool Filter Spa Tile
Pool Heater Labor

How to plan for a swimming pool

Two big options to consider with a pool are whether to put in an adjacent spa and if you want a water feature like a fountain, waterfall or slide.  Depending on where you live, a decision on whether to have a heater to heat the pool and whether you want a gas fired unit or an electric or solar unit will be other decisions to make.  If you already solar panels, you may be able to use the panels to heat your pool.

There are lots of different choices for the surface material of the pool which will require your decision making skills. You will also need to make selections on color of the material … do you want a dark bottom pool or a light bottom pool. Do you want multi colored tile or go with a themed colored. Most pools also have an accent tile at the water level and underwater lights. Both of these elements add a lot of aesthetic look to the pool both during the day and at night.

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