A simple guide to starting your own in ground swimming pool design

A simple guide to starting your own in ground swimming pool design

How to Design Your Own Inground Pool

From Pool Pricer

You’ve always wanted the ultimate staycation in your own backyard.  You know the value of having your family and your friends congregating at the destination point that is your own outdoor living space, but you have never known how to get started.  The design of an outdoor living space, especially one that includes an inground swimming pool, can be a daunting task.  Luckily, you are about to read a post that will ameliorate your anxiety!  This article from Pool Pricer gives you a simple, step-by-step guide to getting started on your design, and will set you on the way towards outoor living nirvana.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A great swimming pool starts with a great design. In fact, to be honest, sometimes a mediocre swimming pool starts with a great design – meaning it doesn’t live up to expectations due to poor execution. Point is, if you don’t have a great pool on paper, you can’t hope to end up with one in your backyard. It’s the basis for everything that follows.

Of course, not everyone has the budget for a professional architect, or perhaps even the more basic design services of a pool contractor. Whether you’ve decided to install the pool yourself, or plan to eventually hire a builder, you can design your own inground pool by following the steps below. As you might imagine, this is just a high-level overview – there are tons of details and hours (or days) or work involved with each step. However, the end result is definitely worth it.

1. Decide What Type of Pool You Want

Drawing of a boy diving off a diving board

As you go through the long planning process, almost everything is likely to get tweaked at some point along the way. That’s to be expected, so don’t sweat it too much if you don’t know everything you want right away. That said, it’s hard to get anywhere if you don’t at least know whether you want a standard rectangular (or oval) pool, an elongated lap pool, or a tiny square plunge pool. You probably already have some idea of what you want or else you wouldn’t have gotten even this far. Now is the time to nail it down.

2. Prioritize Features

Make a list of all the different features you envision for your pool, divided up into must-haves and like-to-haves. Things on your must-have list should include all required features (pool pump and filter, for example), along with anything that makes or breaks your decision to get a pool in the first place. For example, a diving board might be optional for most people, but if you’re really intent on diving, then there’s no point in considering a design that doesn’t have one.

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