Where to place your pool

Where to place your pool

A lovely swimming pool is a great addition to a family home and will complement any backyard. They are wonderful for cooling off in the summer, for entertaining friends and family or to splash around in for the little ones, at the same time providing an area for relaxation and exercise at quieter times. Pool placement requires a lot of thought and planning since the location of the very own backyard oasis is a permanent one. An ideal position for a pool is a private spot that catches the sun, is sheltered from the wind but allows parental supervision. Also to be considered is the view from the pool and from inside your home if you want it to be visible from indoors. To help keep things in proper perspective, here is some food for thought when deciding on the ideal location to place your pool.

Many decisions on where to place your pool in the backyard are based on the size and landscape of your property. In a confined space a popular choice is to place the pool adjacent to an existing construction such as the house or fence as this maximises the available space. A pool that is next to your home should reflect and complement the building’s exterior in shape, material and colour as its seen as an extension of the overall architecture. Pools close to the house are convenient and easy to watch over but can be noisy for occupants in the house if children are playing or splashing.

There is usually more flexibility in the placement and design of a pool on larger properties. With a wide-open space, you have the option to set your pool further back and create an independent element with its own unique look with larger decking that makes entertaining easier. But remember that the pool should still be within easy view from the home for supervision.

A pools shape is greatly influenced by its position on the property. Pools set back from the house open up the yard, creating more opportunities for outdoor rooms whereas pools close to the house are often more intimate. Mainly there are two categories of swimming pool shapes: rectangular ones, which are the most common, and freeform designs, which complement the natural surroundings of the yard.

In any case, when thinking about how much space you have, don’t forget that enjoying a pool is not just about swimming in it. The big extra is the leisure space around the pool – the deck and any other areas where you’ll be spending a lot of your time when you’re not in the water. So whether you have a large or a small backyard, your pool will most likely become the dominant focal point of any type of leisure so make sure it is exposed to the best possible sunlight.

While overhanging trees can provide a welcome relief when relaxing poolside, they can partially shade your pool and also mean you are regularly cleaning up leaves in and around your pool. Always do your best to position your pool away from trees and in a sunny area.

If space allows, place the equipment close to pool level to enable the pump to operate more efficiently. Placing the filtering system above the level of the pool will put undue pressure on the pump and should, therefore, be at pool level or lower

For all properties, there are also restrictions that can limit where a pool can be located.

Low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, slope and drainage elements can influence the location and shape of your pool as well as zoning regulations. A survey of your property by a professional pool construction company may be needed to determine the locations of septic tanks or other underground hazards that may limit your swimming pool placement options.

All this sounds complicated, but a sound pool designer can not only give you the right guidance of every step in the pool placement process, he or she is also an excellent source of information and ideas when it comes to placing your pool in the perfect location.

Categories: Home Decor

About Author