If the honeymoon period with your home is over and you find yourself falling out of love with your home, perhaps it’s time to treat yourself to something to reinvigorate your relationship?
With summer fast approaching a great way to relax, exercise and socialize is by building your very own swimming pool, however, it can be a tricky endeavor that requires some careful consideration. This article will help by breaking down the process into considering the simple steps required to achieve your goal.
Now, of course, you can tackle this project your own but you might be better off outsourcing the development to specialists within this area, and similarly when it comes to servicing your pool a company like http://redlands-poolservice.com/redlands-pool-service/ is worth looking into, as the last thing you want is for there to be a chemical imbalance particularly if you are using chlorine to sanitise your pool.
The first thing you’ll want to do is design the pool that you wish to build. The first factor is size, which will most likely be constrained by how large your garden is. The next factor to consider is depth. If you are having children use the pool then it is recommended to keep it under 1.2 meters. What color do you want the pool to be? What type of lighting would you like? What shape would you like the pool to be? Generally speaking, the more complex the design the higher the cost.
In order to build a swimming pool, you might need to gain planning permission. Something to bear in mind is that, in some areas, additional taxes must be paid on pools, and if the pool isn’t registered, it could be viewed as tax evasion.
EXCAVATE THE AREA
The next step, once you have designed the pool and been granted permission is to excavate the area. You can either employ a contractor to take care of everything or hire construction equipment yourself, as essentially, all you are doing at this stage is digging a big hole. It is, however, important to have been granted permission before beginning to dig, as there may be hidden wires or pipes that you don’t know about.
CONSIDER THE MATERIAL TO USE
There are three main options to choose from when it comes to picking out a material; concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl.
GRADE THE GROUND AND FRAME THE WALLS
The next step is to even out the ground, as this will make building the walls and laying the floor much easier. With the hole dug out, and the land now flat, the walls can be built with wood and metal rebar.
PUT IN THE PLUMBING & ELECTRICITY
You’ll want to get an experienced plumber to take care of this specialist task, as the supply and filtration system must meet the code for your area. It’s important to hire a plumber experienced in swimming pools, as an inexperienced plumber can ruin your pool, and cause a lot of unnecessary expense down the line.
You’ll then want to hire an electrician to install the lights, as bad wiring plus water is not a good combination; you can find out more about how to prevent electrocution in a swimming pool by visiting http://www.electrocuted.com/2016/04/22/prevent-electrocution-pool/
POUR THE FLOOR, BUILD THE WALLS AND TILE
If you’re using cement as your material of choice, your next step is to pour the floor. With the floor in place you can build the walls, and once the walls are built, all that’s left is to tile them… but remember to add a moisture barrier to stop the water from leaching out.
FILL THE POOL
The last and most rewarding step is, of course, to fill the pool with fresh water that is treated with an agent such as chlorine or salt to keep the water healthy.
So, there we have eight simple steps for getting a pool in your garden in time for summer.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.