Want a step-by-step guide to acquiring the perfect inground pool?

Want a step-by-step guide to acquiring the perfect inground pool?

6 Steps to the Perfect Inground Pool

There’s nothing like installing a concrete swimming pool to one-up your neighbor’s aboveground version. But planning your dream pool can be harder than it first seems. Consider your options and obligations before breaking ground, and inground pool construction will proceed swimmingly.

From Popular Mechanics

Starting the process of acquiring one of life’s great luxuries; the swimming pool; can be a daunting task.  Where does one begin to start this complicated process of selecting the type of pool, ensuring that one’s backyard is suitable, interfacing with the local municipality, selecting a contractor, designing the perfect space, selecting materials, etc. etc.  This process can be overwhelming for even an experienced contractor, let alone an uninformed homeowner.  Most people are experts in their particular field, but have no clue when it comes to this process.  Well, take heart, intrepid potential swimming pool owner:  Popular mechanics has your back.  This post gives you 6 easy steps to take to get the process going, and makes it simple to understand and follow.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face the day I asked for an inground swimming pool. I must have been 10 or 11 years old, and he looked at me as if I’d asked for a helipad or another brother. “Go outside and run around the house,” he barked. Not even close to the response I was hoping for.

Back then, aboveground swimming pools were popular, but “dug-in” pools were rather rare. In fact, there was only one in our entire neighborhood. Times sure have changed: According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, there are about 5 million existing inground pools in the U.S., and 175,000 to 200,000 new pools are built each year.

About two years ago I decided to take the plunge, so to speak, and began calling pool contractors to get approximate construction costs. Next, I spoke with the bank to discuss financing options.

When the contractor came out to inspect the proposed pool site, he walked around the backyard, stopping occasionally to kick at the dirt and shake his head. Not a good sign. “Well, we could put the pool here,” he said with little enthusiasm, “but it ain’t going to be easy.”

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