Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Building Your Own Pool: 5 Things To Remember

During the warm summer months, almost everyone wishes that they had a pool. Relaxing on a floating raft above cool, turquoise water is the epitome of luxury. The first thing often considered when deciding that your home needs a pool is whether it should be above ground or in ground. Above ground pools are nice and less expensive but they just don’t have the same awe as built in pools do. If you’re handy, you might even be able to keep some of the costs down by building your own pool. If you decided to go this route, there are a handful of things you need to keep in mind.

Size and Shape

One of the first things to consider is the size and shape of pool you would like. Everyone wants as big of a pool as they can but it doesn’t always make sense. You have to keep in mind the size and layout of your yard. A long rectangular pool may fit your lot much better than a circular pool.

You also have to remember that the larger the pool, the more water is needed. This drives up your water bill and the amount of pool cleaning solutions you’ll need. Having a pool is an added monthly expense that can potentially increase as the size of the pool is increased.

Zoning Laws and Permits

Prior to constructing a pool, you need to check your local zoning laws. Unfortunately, some residences are not allowed to build pools. There are also a number of regulations regarding the actual building of a pool. For example, you might only be allowed to build your pool in a certain area of your lot. You’ll also likely have to adhere to safety requirements such as safety fences.

Building a pool usually requires permits from your local government and homeowner’s association if you have one. Failing to get a permit might cause you to have to stop construction midway if the local government orders you to.

Your Budget/Installation Costs

Your pool should be built with a budget in mind. It is important to remember that as you embark on your pool building endeavor.

Building a pool involves a lot of work and money. There is a major upfront cost during installation as you need need to excavate part of your land. This requires heavy machinery. Once the hole has been dug you also need to frame the walls so that there is enough support.

Additionally, electricity and plumbing must be constructed and run to the pool. Hiring a plumber to create the supply and filtration system will be a fairly hefty but necessary cost. An electrician is required to run wiring if you plan on having lights or a filtration system for your pool.

The next step to installation involves pouring the floor and and building the walls. Even though the walls are framed, you still need concrete to firm them up. After that, lining or tiling is needed throughout the pool since concrete will absorb water. The purpose of liner or tiling is to provide a material that is water resistant so that you pool water is not continually soaked into the walls.

Needed Construction Equipment

If you plan to build a pool yourself, and forego a contractor, you’ll need construction equipment. Excavating a large portion of your lot is too large of a job for a shovel and a “can-do” attitude. Heavy duty machinery such as a backhoe can perform the job. These heavy duty machines have the added traction of rubber tracks, oversized buckets for shoveling, and power to lift incredible amounts of earth at once.

Pouring concrete is another job that could require the use of construction equipment. Mixing enough concrete for your pool by hand would be an extremely strenuous process. Renting or purchasing a large cement mixer can help to expedite the job.

Taxes and Insurance

Taxes and insurance should be considered in your overall budget. They aren’t part of the installation budget but they can greatly increase your monthly expenditures.

Adding a pool can increase your property taxes. Failing to report your new pool to the city to avoid these increased taxes could result in tax evasion charges. So it’s best to remember and consider the cost of taxes prior to building your pool.

Some people build pools to increase their home value which so they see the increased taxes as justified. However, a pool is not guaranteed to increase the value of your home but is almost always guaranteed to increase your property taxes.

Finally, you’ll want to remember to update your homeowner’s insurance policy. There is a good chance that your policy already covers a pool but you’ll want to increase the liability amount to cover the cost of your pool.

About the author:

David Woodbuurn has recenty looked into adding a pool to his home and here are his findings.