Considerations for Adding a Swimming Pool

Having a swimming pool in your own backyard is great for those hot summer days, whether you’re planning a pool party with friends and neighbors or are simply looking to cool off. But is it a costly and difficult process to add a pool to your home? Let’s look at some of the considerations to make when adding a swimming pool in terms of budget, plumbing, and more.

How much use would you get out of a pool?

The first question to consider is whether you actually need a pool. If you and your family will get a lot of use out of it, whether for keeping fit by swimming lengths or having fun and games with the kids or friends, then it can really be worth it. But if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain and cold months, then you may not get enough use out of it. Adding a pool simply for resale value may not be a wise investment, as Investopedia claims that it does not offer much of a return compared to the costs of adding a pool.

Understand local restrictions

Make sure you’re well-versed in building codes and other relevant restrictions in your region before you start doing any real planning. These may dictate where you can and can’t install a pool, along with other factors such as the size, shape, and other features.

What space do you have available?

Is there enough space in your yard to add a pool? Home swimming pools don’t have to be large to be worthwhile, but also consider what’s currently in your yard that will need to be cleared to make way for a pool, such as trees or physical constructions. Drainage is also an important consideration when planning your pool installation.

The cost of installing a pool

It’s important to understand all the costs involved in adding a pool to your home before committing to a decision, as well as the money and time required to maintain the pool. House Beautiful estimates that you should expect to spend at least $35,000 on an in-ground swimming pool.

Design and installation

It’s wise to leave this kind of thing to a professional, ensuring that the final result functions well, looks good, is safe, and to make sure that no plumbing disasters occur during installation. You can hire a contractor to handle all the design and installation tasks, or split the work between an architect for the design and a contractor for the installation.

If you’re adding a swimming pool or any other water feature to your home in North Carolina, contact Brandon Plumbing for our advice and professional plumbing installation, as well as repair and maintenance services.