Lounging on the lawn in the garden enjoying the summer sun and then jumping into your private pool – it is a dream of many. With the necessary small change and a big dose of technical skill can implement this dream readily because building a pool is not that hard. If you’re willing to put in the time, a pool can practically build itself.
However, before you break ground on your new pool, you’re going to have to decide on a couple of design elements:
The Many Kinds of Pools and Accessories
One very simple and fun kind of pool is an inflatable pool. They are already available on the cheap in your local hardware store. Once summer is over, the pool can easily break down again. In the long run an inflatable pool is certainly not the best solution, but for renters it’s a good alternative to a garden pool.
If you’re looking for a little more space in your pool, you would be well advised to get a prefab steel wall pool. In this kind of pool, a steel body is built in a round or oval shape and is lined with a waterproof film. With a maximum diameter of eight meters and a water depth of 1.5 meters, there is already plenty of space for swimming. A round pool with these dimensions can be had for around 2,000 euros. The package includes accessories such as filters and a pool ladder included.
Another convenient solution is a prefabricated swimming pool made of fiberglass. They are supplied in one piece and so have to be placed in the right kind of hole. The gap is filled with concrete. However, the convenience comes at a price. A prefab fiberglass pool can run you about 10,000 euros.
The most extreme do-it-yourselfer should consider a brick or cinderblock pool. This is an especially good option for those who want longer swimming lanes. The only downside is that you will have to have quite a bit of space on your property for the hole.
For any of the pools above, there are quite a few accessories you can add to your pool. Many people choose to build a patio or deck around their pool to lounge on. However, you’ll want to remember to make this out of materials that aren’t slippery when wet. Additionally, you might consider putting a rooftop overhang above your pool. Not only will this keep debris out of your pool, but it also keeps your pool cool and refreshing in the hot summer months. However, if you’re going to be building any extra structural components, like a roof overhang, it’s usually good to consult a professional who is familiar with the local building codes. While this might seem annoying, the folks at Meredith Home Improvements remind homeowners that building codes “function to protect the homeowner.”