Should I Get A Pool?
When we were children, a swimming pool in the home was a dream comes true. It would make you the envy of the whole school and give you a place to play on those hot summer days.
These days, pools are slightly more complicated. They cost money, they take up space and they affect the exterior of our homes. If you’re raising a family in your home, a pool might be worthwhile, but if you’re selling in the next five years you’ll probably never realise that investment.
As you can see, there’s more to a pool than what we thought as children. To guide you some more with your decision, we have compiled some common considerations to think about when choosing a pool.
The Pool Itself
Generally, you can choose from in-ground, fibreglass or above ground options, all in different sizes and shapes. You will need to examine the space you have available to determine the option that’s best for you. There are self-cleaning and manual options for swimming pools, as well as options for salt or chlorine.
Inside your pool, you need to think about parts such as filters, pumps and solar systems, which will need replacing every 5-10 years. Your pool will also need cleaning, which will either be a greater investment of time or money, depending on whether you opt for professional or DIY cleaning.
A final thing to consider is an add-on spa. This is another extra cost but it brings a new element to how different people can use and enjoy the space.
A backyard pool will change the entire landscape of your outdoor area. If you don’t have space, consider whether you would prefer a large garden, an outdoor eating area, or your pool.
You can still have vegetation around your pool and this can even enhance the appeal of the environment. Look for hardy plants that are tolerant of the chemicals you will need to use in the pool.
You also need a fence and paving around the pool, which generally won’t be included in the initial cost. Glass fencing is popular but can be costly to maintain and if you live close to the coast, even marine grade steel may eventually discolour.
If your pool backs onto your home, you might need to think about how the rear of your home connects with the pool. If a paved area already exists, can you match it to the pool area, or do you need to consider repaving your alfresco setting? How will your pool blend with your home’s architecture and will larger changes be required?
Depending on your home’s orientation, you’ll need reliable shade adjacent to the pool, particularly during the summer months. If you don’t already have established trees or other shady areas, an extension to your home can connect the spaces.
You also need to think about whether or not you can see the pool from indoors. Being able to see the pool from the inside provides security, a great view, and the peace of mind that families with children need.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to enjoy a pool, whether you’re in Brisbane, Bundaberg or Hervey Bay. As we have learnt, though, there is more to a pool than great weather.
If you want to bring your outdoor area to life, talk to the team at PJ Burns. Our new home renovators and builders in Sunshine Coast can determine if a swimming pool is right for you.