So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided it’s time to start building a pool. How exciting! But, before you dive headfirst into planning, there are a few key considerations you’ll need to make.
Read on for the top 6 things you need to know before building your dream pool.
How will you use it?
Will this pool be for recreation? A quick cool off after work? Or perhaps your new gym? Consider how you will be using your pool to determine what shape and size will work best for your needs. If you’re looking for a pool for the whole family to enjoy, a large pool – fit for hours of ‘Marco Polo’, pool volleyball and countless other games – is ideal. Alternatively, you may prefer a narrow lap pool, where you can hone your swimming skills and fit some refreshing exercise into your day. If you’re on a smaller block or plan on using your pool for a quick cool off, perhaps a smaller square pool will be the perfect choice for you.
Where will it be located?
Choosing your pool location correctly will reduce stress when construction starts. To reduce risk, conduct a soil test. Testing the soil informs whether the surface is stable while identifying potential problems in advance. This could include highly reactive soil or the presence of rock that could prevent your pool from settling correctly.
What will go around it?
An exciting but important part of building a pool is planning how you will style your pool area. Consider the landscaping you would like to surround your pool, keeping in mind which plants or trees will look stunning, without causing a mess. Palm trees create a stunning tropical space; however, the leaves drop off regularly, which can become a nuisance when it comes to cleaning your pool.
How will you fence it?
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) regulates pool safety in Queensland. All pools in Queensland must be fenced and registered on the pool safety register. Maintaining pool fences and safety barriers that are compliant with regulations protects young children or family pets from drowning or suffering an injury. The experienced team at Environ Pools are happy to help with any questions you may have regarding your fencing.
What filtration will you use?
According to the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia (SPASA), pools must be filtered to remove insoluble particles and keep the water clear. Not only does this keep your pool looking top-notch, it is important for hygiene and safety reasons. Environ Pools are proud to embrace the innovative international award-winning Mineral Swim pool system. The mineral swim system combines 100% Dead Sea minerals with natural pool water purification to create therapeutic, healthy and crystal clear water. The main component in mineral pools is magnesium chloride, which has proven health benefits as well as being eco-friendly.
Do you require heating?
According to SPASA, the ideal heat for leisure swimming is between 24 – 26 degrees celsius for exercise, 28 – 30 degrees celsius for games or recreation and 32 degrees for therapeutic purposes. These temperatures are rarely achieved naturally, especially during winter. Therefore, you should consider whether you’d like heating for your pool, and if so, what type of heating you would prefer to use. This may include gas or solar heating.
Building a pool is an exciting time. No matter how you intend on using your pool, building it will require considerable thought and planning. Utilising our team of experts at Environ Pools will keep you on the right track.
If you’re scratching your head because of any of these steps let a team of experts put you on the right track. At Environ Pools, we can help you from the design to building of your new pool, so give us a call.