Given the extreme heat of Texas summers, it’s no wonder why so many Texas residents consider turning their backyard into a personal oasis with a custom pool. Every year around May, Google search engines see an uptick nationwide in the search term “pool builders near me.”
When people begin the process of considering a custom pool as a home improvement, it is pertinent to ask yourself nine honest questions. The purpose of these questions is to really prepare you for the benefits, responsibility and cost that come with custom pools. Once you ask yourself these nine questions and still feel confident to move forward, a Mitchell Custom Pools consultant can walk you through design options and the process.
9 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building A Custom Pool
Why do I want a custom pool?
In design of any object or structure, form must follow function, not the other way around. So in answering this question you will establish not only the reason for getting a pool but also the basis of your pool design. For example, if you want a pool for water volleyball and laps, you are likely going to build a plain rectangular single depth pool of around 5’ft maximum depth. On the other hand, if you want a pool for conversing, entertaining and lounging you may want a pool with nooks and inlaid seating. At Mitchell Custom Pools we focus intently on this single question as it helps us reveal the client’s vision. Some client’s don’t realize what they want until we visualize it for them based on their answer.
Who will use the pool?
Who uses the pool will greatly influence everything from the overall design, to the accent features and materials used in construction. A pool designed for kids and family use is going to have a drastically different design than a pool for an elderly couple using it for hydrotherapy. The beauty of custom pools is that they can be built with a wide variety of features specifically suited to your taste and style.
Is my yard able to accommodate a pool?
Just because you have a large backyard doesn’t mean your yard is pool compatible. We recommend a soil test be conducted to confirm that the soil on your property is suitable to build on. Keep in mind that many different variables can keep you from building a pool or cause it to be very expensive to build. Sandy, expansive or soil with an abundance of rocks and other ground problems can present quite a challenge for durable construction. Also there are some properties that are inaccessible to the large machinery required to build most custom pools. This is why a site survey is such an important step and the pool building process prior to agreement.
Where will the pool be located?
This question honestly requires some research with your local municipality to know the zoning and building laws applicable to your property. Many cities have restrictions on pools, decking, and safety features of pools to prevent accidents. Gas, electrical lines and other obstructions must also be determined before a location can be solidified. You also need to consider how many people will use the pool, where they will enter and exit from as well as congregating areas outside the pool. We also encourage our clients to consider that they will look at their pool probably more than they will use it. We take how the pool looks from the home into consideration when designing our custom pools and that’s why we take an artistic approach to the shape and aesthetics.
What shape and style should my pool be?
At Mitchell Custom Pools, this is one of the most asked questions from our clients. The answer is pretty easy— stick with a style and shape that complements your home’s style and shape and the surrounding landscape.
However, we also have those client’s that don’t care and want a pool in the shape of a palm tree or guitar. If you are set on being that unique with your pool design, then create a transition area such as a walkway and other accents. This way you don’t go from one style and material set to another so abruptly creating a clash of designs. Landscaping is also one of the best transitions and can really join two totally different styles seamlessly.
What special features do I want in my pool?
This is a very important question you need to consider when shopping custom pools. You have to remember you likely won’t swim in your pool every day all year long. To maximize its value to you, you can incorporate aesthetic features such as water fountains and artistic LED lighting. Based on how you use your pool when actually swimming you might want to add a grotto, zero-degree entry, a swim up bar and maybe an infinity edge.
What other backyard amenities do I want?
It is important to consider the area surrounding the pool and what you’d like to have even if it’s not in your build budget now. Some common amenities people have are fire pit seating areas, a cabana, outdoor kitchens, volleyball pit and even playgrounds in larger yards. All of these things whether you have the budget for them now or not will need to be considered and maybe even drawn into the current design for later use. It costs much less to implement them into your current design and construct them later, rather than to have to make adjustments or tear up decking after the pool is built.
What materials do you want to use?
Even though plaster has been the dominant material in pool construction for decades, rock aggregate and tile have become the hot trends at many of the pool industry conventions. You need to take into consideration the surrounding landscape. For example natural stone pavers or sprayed limestone deck and waterfall features can blend in with a natural rural landscape better than glass or tile. In a more urban setting glass and tile would be more appropriate and contemporary.
The Most Important Question: Who Will Build The Pool?
Now that you’ve asked all the preliminary questions and are set on building a custom pool; the most important question is who will build the pool? The answer is obvious—Mitchell Custom Pools. When it comes to building your new backyard paradise you can count on the pros at Mitchell Custom Pools. We offer a free pool consultation, 3-D rendering of your pool design with your quote and unmatched build quality. Contact us today to watch us transform your backyard into an oasis.