Have you ever dreamed of doing morning laps or hanging out with your friends by the pool? The current trend of a house nowadays is to include a new pool in the design. However, the process is not as easy as you think. That’s why our building designers have picked 5 key points to consider before delving into the process.

  • Size

Choose the sizes according to your backyard. If you have a small backyard, you can build against the block boundary and have the boundary screen wall as part of the pool fence. However, the pool fence detail needs to be designed as per the regulations and inspected by a pool inspector. If it is the case, feel free to contact building surveyor for more information. Whatever you decide, we suggest you ask your council about the possibilities you have to comply with their policies.

  • Pool design

How do you imagine your pool? Round, rectangular or kidney shaped? Will you use the pool for doing laps or have the kids playing in it? You can go for an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool. In-ground pools are obviously more expensive but allow you to come up with more elaborate designs with limitless combinations of variables in size, depth and shape to choose from.

  • Materials

The most common materials for an in-ground pool is poured concrete, vinyl-lined and fibreglass. Poured concrete and vinyl-lined are similar in the construction process but the surface finish is different. With vinyl, the liner of your choice of colour is stretched over a concrete base. Poured concrete offers more options with the possibilities to either paint, line or tile it. Fibreglass has only a limited number of shapes and sizes available because it is a preformed, one-piece fibreglass shell.

  • Maintenance

It is important to keep in mind that the largest maintenance expense for a pool is the interior finish. For instance, the coat of painted concrete needs to be renewed every 5 years and vinyl liners approximatively 5-7 years. Although, some products have been developed to last a lifetime such as Pebble.

  • Rules and regulations

A few points need to be considered in terms of regulations. First of all, rules related to the building side: yard’s slope and soil type. Depending on this data, you might need engineer’s advice ⇒ CLICK HERE ⇐.

Secondly, regulations regarding safety. For example, if your swimming pool or spa is capable of holding water to a depth of more than 300mm you must install a barrier complying with AS1926.1 to restrict access by children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. Our building designers can help you out designing a barrier in harmony with your new yard. ⇒ GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR TEAM ⇐

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