Are you thinking about having a pool designed? That’s some pretty exciting stuff! However, there are a few things you need to know before you get started.
Do you know what those things are?
No worries if you don’t. Designing a pool is not something you do every day so you are not expected to know and understand everything about the process. However, it would be to your benefit to perform a little due diligence beforehand so you can make educated decisions about what you need, don’t need, and the how the entire process will take place from start to finish.
Here are six things you should spend a few minutes learning before you proceed with designing your new pool.
1. Have a Conversation with An Experienced Pool Designer
Finding an experienced pool company is the key to receiving quality craftsmanship; however, the most experienced companies might not always seem to have the lowest price. But you have to put that into perspective. You might find a less experienced pool designer with a lower price; however, that lower price might cost you in the long run.
Only a seasoned pool designer has the experience to know what, without a doubt, works and works well. They will also know from experience the tricks of the trade, what designs and materials to avoid and why, and a whole plethora of other things that someone with less experience has yet to encounter, let alone know how to properly handle. And what that means to you is that down the road you might end up paying to fix something that you wouldn’t otherwise have had to if you had used an experienced pool designer to complete your project in the first place.
So before anything else, talk with an experienced pool designer about the best way to approach your new pool and have them explain to you what you can expect from start to finish.
2. Why Talking with An Experience Pool Designer Is So Important
Another reason it’s so important to talk with an experienced pool designer before you begin is because there is something called elevation and this is very important. The elevation is the height in which to set your inground pool. If you don’t get this right, you could end up with years of problems rather than years of enjoyment.
A top-notch pool company will send a measure technician to your house and shoot elevations with a transit so they know exactly how much fall you have in your yard. This is the only way to ensure you get the exact right elevation for your pool. If a pool company tells you otherwise, then you should find another pool company who knows and understands why this measuring method is so important.
3. Have Drawings of Your Ideal Designs Available
If you want to have the pool of your dreams, you might consider having some examples of your favorite designs available. So even though a good pool company will usually assign you a dedicated design specialist, it’s best to have some drawings or pictures of what you want so your designer can get a better idea about what you’re looking for.
You can easily do this by browsing examples online or in magazines. Or, if you’re creative, you can draw up some yourself. For an even easier method of compilation, you might consider setting up a Pinterest board so when you find your favorite examples online, you can simply save (which is called pinning) them to your Pinterest board. This will allow you to keep everything organized and in one place.
Most websites have a Pinterest button on them so all you have to do after you’ve setup your board is click the “Pin” button when you find a picture or an example of something you like. This method will also make it easier to send your ideas to your pool designer who will then have a complete visual of your what you are envisioning. Alternatively, if you have no idea what you want as far as a pool design, that’s OK, your designer will not have any problem making suggestions and/or providing you with several design ideas from which you can choose.
4. The Importance of Having 3D Renderings of Your Designs
Once you’ve decided on a preliminary pool design, a pool company like ours will actually provide you with a 3D rendering of that design. This will give you a birds-eye view of what your finished pool project will look like. It will also give you the opportunity to edit and change anything you don’t like, or anything that doesn’t work for that design before construction begins.
Having a 3D rendering to review will save you money in the long run because any changes that are made after the construction has begun will be costly and sometimes impossible.
5. Review the Plan So You Know What to Expect
Now that you’ve chosen your pool design and reviewed and approved the 3D rending, it’s time to review the project plan so you know exactly what to expect over the coming months while your new pool is under construction. For example:
- There will be heavy equipment on your property so they will need access. That means the temporary removal of fencing, as well as the removal of small trees, etc. could be necessary.
- You could experience some damage in the way of lawn ruts, sidewalk or driveway damage. Although an experienced pool company will know how to minimize that damage.
- There could be weather delays.
- Some soils are unstable and could require a lift or build-up to support your pool.
- It’s possible that bedrock or shale could be encountered when digging to install your pool. This will delay the project a bit; however, bedrock and shale can be broken up with a hydraulic hammer and hauled off.
These are the most common issues you might encounter when installing a new pool; however, every installation is a little bit different. But don’t worry, your pool company will communicate with you every step of the way.
6. Why It’s Important to Find a Company Who Cares
It’s important to find a top-notch, well-respected pool company that is both professional and to find one you like. Because once you decide to install a new pool, you will be spending quite a bit of time with your chosen pool company over the next few months. That’s why you need to find one who cares about your project as much as you do!