As Kelowna and our beautiful Okanagan valley begin to show signs of spring, there is no better time to put those winter day dreams of relaxing in the summer sun next to your own swimming pool into motion. Pool construction is not a simple process, but going into it with the right knowledge can make it an adventure rather than a hassle.
Establishing a budget for your swimming pool is one of the most important details for both you and your builder to be aware of. Budgeting must account for the costs of the pool construction and installation, but also the costs of long-term maintenance, insurance, and upkeep. The lay of the land and how it can potentially impact budget is also an important consideration for your pool. It can cause unaccounted for expenses, as is the case with underground water or rock, but the existing landscape can lend itself to stunning features such as waterfalls, grottoes, shallow tanning beds, and unique pool shapes.
Familiarize yourself with your local regulations, covenants, and other legalities involved before starting the installation process. Having a builder experienced in pool construction that is aware of these is always in your best interest, but it never hurts to know exactly what is a prerequisite in your area. Some cities have fencing laws, in some a pool may impact property tax, and certain lots will require setbacks or have right-of-ways. By knowing all legalities involved you put yourself in a position to have a smooth, uninterrupted construction process with minimal unforeseen expenses.
Consider the intended use of your swimming pool; is it more for aesthetic or functional purposes? Who will be the primary users; kids, guests over for entertaining, or will you be the primary user for a fitness oriented purpose? Maybe you want the best of both worlds - a shallow end allowing the kids to stand, with an elaborate water feature that provides visual appeal when entertaining pool side. Establishing the intended uses of your pool allows you to outline its practical needs, helping both you and your builder move forward to the more distinctive aspects of the design and fun features. If there is a feature integral to your pool that may put you over budget, try to include it. It is simpler to install something the first time than to try and incorporate it later, and your builder can help determine the most cost effective way to include it in the pool's construction process.
There are so many options for the upkeep and care of your pool that it is important to do your research going into the pool construction process. Automated filtration, heating, cleaning, and chemical systems are available to ensure that your pool requires little effort to maintain, allowing for lots of time to relax and enjoy. Automatic power covers are not only a convenient, time-saving feature, they also minimize heating costs and provide an element of safety that is necessary if you have kids or pets near the pool. If you are looking for a cost effective way to maintain your pool, but also want to consider your environmental footprint talk to your builder about green investments now that will help you save in the future.
A pool is not an investment that can be considered on its own; the landscaping and features included in the surrounding area are as important as the pool itself. Designing a deck to suit your needs, whether that means safety for the kids or a scenic backdrop for entertaining, is a central part to the pool construction process. Entertainment areas such as kitchens, fire pits, and gazebos are only limited by your imagination and budget. There is an extensive variety of lighting to suit all budgets, and it is an important feature for both safety and aesthetics purposes. A knowledgeable builder will help determine the options that best fit all of your desires. Another aspect to consider is the inclusion of a change room, washroom, or outdoor shower within your pool area. These can help make the pool area more complete and convenient for both entertaining and users with young children as more amenities are in one place.
Finally, when looking to invest a pool, one of the most important decisions you can make is who you choose to partner with through the process. The best builders will not only be willing to listen to your ideas and work with your budget, but they will also be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances and have the experience to overcome setbacks. Quality contractors will have strong working relationships with various sub-trade companies and the competence to coordinate with these companies to best complete the pool environment that you are looking for. A pool is a permanent, long-term investment, so when choosing someone to go through the installation process, it is important to seek a company providing quality workmanship and products, and who has a longstanding reputation backed by references that has proved trustworthy over their years in business.