SAN JOSE − A new swimming pool is one of the largest investments a homeowner can make, so it only makes sense to plan carefully. Here are some crucial aspects to consider when planning for your new pool:
The success of any pool project hinges on its contractor, so it’s critical to find a good one. Don’t just hire the first contractor you talk to; rather, get bids from at least three to gain comparative perspective. In addition to checking each contractor’s references, be sure to check with the Contractors State License Board to verify the status of their licensing. By taking the time to find a quality contractor, you’ll have greater peace of mind throughout the process.
Purpose and design
After you’ve decided to install a swimming pool, take some time to think about its primary purpose. Will it be used mainly for exercise? Family fun? The aesthetic centerpiece of your backyard paradise? The purpose of your pool should play a major role in determining its design. You should also consider any special features you may want, like a spa, a waterfall or custom lighting. To get ideas for your pool’s design, spend some time browsing pictures of swimming pools online.
There are a number of potential issues that can affect the scope and placement of a pool (not to mention the cost). Some of these include public utility easements, overhead power lines, heritage trees and geohazard areas where the conditions pose a dangerous risk for pool construction. Furthermore, hillside locations can be challenging and often require soil testing and engineering to ensure structural stability, which can generate a substantial cost increase. Letting your contractor know about any complicating factors early on can help you avoid delays later in the process.