Once you've determined which option is best for the dimensions of your property, consider the slope, the type of soil, and the accessibility of the construction equipment. Pools are generally easier to build or install when the patio is level. However, new technology makes it possible to install a pool almost anywhere. Harsh conditions, such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil, and limited access, require special construction and installation considerations.
These problems often increase the total cost and duration of the project. Bricks, concrete, tiles and stones are some of the materials you can use for the pool deck. Make sure that the wet surface is not too slippery to avoid accidents. You decide if you want these materials to occupy only the edges of the pool or create a path along the backyard.
Regardless of the material used, pool covers also need regular maintenance to prevent algae and moss from accumulating. It's easy to see what's above your property, but it's another thing to figure out what's underneath. Fortunately, your home plans should tell you if there are water, sewer, gas, electricity, or any other utility lines below your backyard. You may also need to reroute them before installing an in-ground pool, depending on the space you need to work with.
Make sure that you and your contractor have the most up-to-date zoning and construction restrictions for pools and spas, and ask your contractor how the permit granting process is managed. Once the pool base is completed, a contractor will build a platform at the surface level around it and apply the pool finish. Check with your local government about zoning laws before you even consult with the pool builder. It's essential to consider all of the above considerations before deciding on the size of your new pool.
The total cost of building a pool will depend on several factors, including the size, design, and type of pool. If your home is located in a historic district and is classified as a historic home, you should find out your city's policy on installing swimming pools in these areas. Keep in mind that the time needed to install an in-ground pool from start to finish can take up to three months, and that's if all goes well. Chemicals for raised pools will cost about the same as those for similar-sized in-ground pools.
However, if the pool space is sloped, you'll have to level the floor or build a retaining wall to prevent the pool from slipping and moving on the ground. Once you know where you can place your pool and how much it might cost to build it (including additional costs, such as fences, pool covers, grading, retaining walls, and fence removal), you'll be able to make a better decision about size.