09 Jul Dive in to pool planning
Just a do-up?
If you’ve already got a pool, but feel it could do with a bit of a spruce-up, there are plenty of things you can do to enhance the look of your pool area without having to start all over again. Landscaping and even potted plants can make a pool look lush and tropical. Lighting makes a huge difference too, and is well worth the investment. Get inspired here.
Save or splurge?
Installing a pool will cost around $30,000 on average, but costs do vary enormously depending on your plans. Above-ground pools tend to be less expensive. The cost of a below-ground pool varies according to material (concrete or fibreglass), the level of excavation required, and how far you want to go with all the finishing touches like landscaping, paving, decking, lighting, and the compulsory fencing. The other cost to consider is maintenance – you’re looking at around $2,000 a year for standard maintenance; more if the pool is heated.
Concrete or fibreglass?
When it comes to choosing between concrete and fibreglass, cost is not the only factor. For fibreglass, you’ll need to have crane access to your site, and for concrete, you’ll need to have stable soil. Once those factors are off the table, it comes down to personal choice and budget. Concrete means you can custom design the size and shape to suit your site. Fibreglass is arguably easier to maintain, but you’re limited by factory-made shapes and sizes. Decisions, decisions!
Chlorine or salt?
Once you’ve decided on a pool type, the next choice is what to put in the water. Chlorine or salt? This article gives a great overview of the pros and cons for each.
Time to compare quotes
Once you’ve got a few decisions a bit clearer in your mind, you’re ready to start getting quotes to compare. This handy website allows you to find a pool builder the easy way – you just click on a few details like shape, approximate size, and material, and pool builders can contact you with their quotes.
See you by the pool next summer!