It’s been cold around here lately. The kind of cold that has me dreaming of jumping on a plane to a tropical destination where I can swim in a warm sea or lounge by an outdoor pool. And then, my daydreaming brings me closer to home and I start thinking about the possibility of installing a swimming pool in my own backyard to take advantage of the nicer months of the year.
Depending on the type of pool that you choose, you may or may not be able to realistically have one installed on your property. It will depend on the size of your backyard, access for machinery, and your budget.
Local regulations will likely require a fence or other safety barrier around the pool or yard for safety and security. The height regulations may vary and, in some cases, depend on the type and depth of the pool. Check with your local zoning office for specifications for your area.
There are a wide variety of options available when it comes to choosing the style and model of pool that is right for you and your family.
Natural swimming pools – I think this is my favorite option! Natural swimming pools, also known as swimming ponds or green pools, are a natural and sustainable alternative to conventional pools. They are chlorine-free mini-ecosystems and depend on plants and microorganism that colonize the gravel aggregate and river rock to keep the water clean for swimming.
Conventional in-ground pools – Generally, when we think of backyard pools, we think of in-ground chlorinated pools. They can be built in standard rectangles but can also be customized to various shapes or sizes and with varying depths. Additionally, new technology allows for homeowners to use salt-water chlorination systems, which can be easier on the skin and eyes.
Above- ground pools – much like conventional chlorinated pools but, as their name indicates, they are built above ground. This is the least expensive of all of the pool options as there is no excavation required and you can even buy DIY kits to assemble yourself, plus, these can often be installed in yards where there isn’t enough room for an in-ground pool. Additionally, since you don’t need to excavate, you don’t need as much clearance to access the backyard. Consider building a deck around the pool to make it feel more integrated into the landscape.
Counter-current pools – if you mainly want to get some exercise, a small counter-current pool is for you. A propeller creates a current that you swim against in this tiny pool where you can practice your strokes and do water aerobics. You literally swim in place as the current pushes against you. The upside to this pool model is that it is quite small and can even be installed indoors or in a small backyard.
Want to find out whether or not your property is big enough to accommodate a backyard pool? Talk to your local home improvement experts or pool specialists.