If you just moved to Florida or are looking into moving, you’ve likely already considered the luxury of building a pool for your new Florida home. After all, you are in the Sunshine State and you’ll want to have every opportunity to be in or around water (especially when you can’t get to the beach).
When it comes to adding a pool to your new property, it’s not as easy as just ordering one. There are a lot of factors to consider and plenty of tasks involved. To get you started, here are some first steps to building a pool so you can begin planning!
1. Set a Budget
This is the most important part of the process because every decision in building your dream pool or practical pool depends on what you are willing to pay. The budget has multiple parts to consider, including size, type, installation, maintenance, and more. Inground pools generally cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 when going from a basic design to including add-ons.
2. Determine Maintenance Plans
Maintenance on a pool has many aspects to think about as well. A pool is not a one-and-done kind of cost. There are ongoing costs like insurance, heating, cleaning, salt and pH monitoring – the list goes on. If you are also planning on hiring someone for pool care, that will be another maintenance cost to plan for.
3. Consider Location for Size
If you are currently searching for a home, you’ll want to keep the backyard in mind if you want to add a pool later on. If you already have your home, your backyard will determine the realistic expectations of what and how big your pool can be. You’ll also need to look into the local zoning laws to make sure your pool is abiding by any zoning ordinances.
4. Decide the Purpose for the Pool
Ask yourself what the purpose of your pool will be and what you want to use it for. Is it for leisure or recreation? For personal use or for hosting gatherings and parties? Will there be kids that will be using it? Answering these questions will help you to determine what type of pool will best suit your needs.
5. Research the Types and Styles of Pools
Did you know there are different types of interiors for your pool? Or that you can have a salt water pool or chlorine pool? There are also options for fabricated pools and custom-designed pools. Each of these choices will affect the style, functionality for purpose, and, most importantly, the budget. Do a bit of research to get a better idea of what to discuss when you have a consultation meeting with your designer or builder.
6. Decide on Extras
If you have a bit of wiggle room or if it’s non-negotiable for your dream pool to have certain extras, you will want to plan in advance how that will affect your budget. Extras might include a poolscape (the landscape design around the pool), waterfall, hot tub, lighting, jets, diving boards, or maybe even a nice deep end!
7. Choose Who Will Build It
There are many companies and contractors that go into the work of planning, designing, and building your pool. This is a time to see if there are pools from your friends that you like and ask them about who built theirs! Recommendations are best in this area when there are so many businesses to choose from and help ensure that you get the best experience and product as a result. Shop around and make sure you choose the best fit.
Proper planning and research will make this process a much more pleasant one. Building a pool is a big investment in the aesthetics of your home and for the memories you make poolside! Take your time and have fun with it because this is the Florida lifestyle!