Probably having a pool at home is one of the dreams of many. Is there a better way to enjoy summer? If you have space outside, maybe you’re considering building one. Preparing the land, deciding where to locate it, the size we want and the material of it are some of the decisions that must be made. If you are thinking about building a pool at home, follow these tips to avoid mistakes.
Ask for licenses before construction
It is important that when we consider building a pool, we make the necessary arrangements with our town hall, since we need a license. Each consistory has its own regulations, and this often depends on whether the pool we want to build is a major or minor work. Basically, the difference lies in the size and volume of it:
It would be a minor work when it occupies less than 21 m2, which for private use is usually the most common model. In this case, we will have to present a project that describes what the pool will be like and draw it on the map. The safest thing is that we have to pay a 4% as a license.
It would be a major work if it occupies more than 21 m2. In this case, we will have to present a project signed by an architect and pay about 6% of the budget of the same as a license, although each consistory has its own table.
Another of the chapters that we must not forget is to manage the storage and collection of waste produced during construction.
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Prepare the soil properly
Conditioning the site where we will locate it is another of the key points and for this, our advice is to put ourselves in the hands of a professional. Only he will know which the most suitable location is observing the land and checking that he can carry out the works of excavation and installation of the pool and not have any problems in the future.
Many times, you have expectations of where to place the glass in a particular area of the garden that does not correspond to reality. Maybe right there, the terrain is not firm or there is a lot of unevenness. It is necessary to consult these doubts with a professional who assures us that our pool has a long life.
It is also important to take into account the location, for example: if you want the sun to shine or if you prefer a shadow area. It is also advisable to check the area of vegetation and trees and try to move it away from there, since many leaves of trees tend to fall, and this makes their maintenance more expensive.
What size do I need and how much does it cost?
Logically we would all love to have a huge pool in our garden, but sometimes the space is small, and it is best to be realistic and adapt the pool to the place. For a private use where 4 people are going to bathe, a size of 10x 4 or 12 × 4 is usually enough, although we must also take into account other conditions such as shape.
There are rectangular shapes, perfect for any sporting activity. If you want to relax, choose a model with large access stairs (best work) and a bottom with the same depth. If you have children and you want them to have fun in the water, maybe the perfect option is a pool with rounded edges, so you will avoid some dangers.
All these factors directly affect its price, but if you want to have a reference, take note: for a size of 10 × 4 m2 the average cost is $ 14,000 and it usually requires about 20 days of construction. Obviously, you can also choose a prefabricated pool, whose price is much lower: for a size of 10x4m 2, we would pay about $ 2,500.
The finishing and maintenance
Tiles are usually the star material for covering them, especially if their use is private. If you choose them in light tones, it will look bigger visually, although they will also get dirty more easily. Another of the most cutting-edge materials is steel: it requires a lot of initial investment but has a long life. Others, however, choose to paint the background with colours or custom designs.
The staircase is another element to consider: you can choose to install one of the work, which is more expensive but has the advantage that it is more accessible, or opt for an aluminium one. You will also have to take into account the exterior. With what option do you stay: garden and lawn, stone or wooden platform?
The last point to keep in mind is its maintenance. You must bear in mind that a pool requires cleaning, ph level checks, water purification, chlorine treatment and repair any damage that may have occurred during the winter or for its use. In total, you should allocate an approximate budget of 600-700 $ per year for this purpose. Your garden and more specifically your pool should be synonymous with disconnection space. The rest in your pool will help you to disconnect from the daily stress to which we are subjected.
Can you imagine a summer without going on vacation? Well every time you take refuge in your pool it’s like enjoying a mini vacation. Although it is not exactly the same, it is a good way to relax and stop time.
Remember that if you want to ensure your pool is fulfilling the requirements in terms of safety, here at Pool Certify you’ll find fully accredited certifiers. Contact us today for more information about our services and how we will help you achieve this dream of having a swimming pool.