Can you imagine getting home from work in the middle of the summer and having a nice outdoor pool waiting to greet you? You could get changed and have a refreshing swim before enjoying an evening barbecue. What more could you ask for?
Of course before you can do this you need to invest in a pool in the first place. To this end there are plenty of considerations to bear in mind, so here we help you get the answers you’ll need.
Design, size and shape
It all starts with designing your pool area. Consider the size of your garden too – you may not be able to accommodate a huge pool.
Don’t get caught up thinking about a rectangular pool either – a curvy one might suit your garden better and may be easier to accommodate.
The pool may look lovely in one area but completely out of place in another. Sketch out the available space you have and consider whether the shape and size of pool you want would look better in one place than another. You don’t want it too close to the rear of your home, but you won’t want it too far away either.
Remember you’ll very likely want other facilities, and decorations around your pool, so allow space for these. For instance you should consider room for plant pots, garden furniture , or sun loungers or even a BBQ area.
This creates a social area focused around your pool where friends and family can unwind or sunbathe while not swimming, and a place to sit and relax when the evening draws in.
Safety is extremely important when it comes to an outdoor pool. It may seem as if you’re going too far, but it is always ideal to have a lifesaver ring close to the edge of the pool in case it should ever be required.
It is also vital to keep a regular eye on the condition of your pool. Something small such as a cracked tile may not seem like a big deal, but in reality a nasty cut or injury can result from it. Monitor the condition of your pool on a regular basis and get someone in to perform any repairs as soon as you identify they need doing.
Make sure the area around your pool is kept clean and tidy too. Even though you may not use your pool during the autumn, you may still have the need to walk around it. Slippery leaves could result in an accident.
Cleanliness and hygiene
Make sure you have room to store a pool cover at one end that can be rolled over the top of the pool during the colder months of the year. This will keep your pool cleaner because it will prevent any leaves or other items falling into the water. Ensure the pump is kept in good condition and use the required chemicals at the right intervals to keep the water clean and hygienic too.
Once you know how to create and maintain the pool you want, you’ll be able to enjoy it on a regular basis.
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