As the pandemic’s grip loosens, thoughts of relaxing or swimming by a pool are coming back to the front of our minds but with travel restrictions still in place across parts of the globe, holidaying at home is more popular than ever. If you’re planning a stunning staycation, perhaps taking the plunge with a swimming pool in your own garden might appeal.
Demand for swimming pool installations has surged over the last year, and Chris Hayes, managing director at the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA), reminds us that a swimming pool is much more than just a hole in the ground; you’re buying into a lifestyle and, though you may have ideas about how your new swimming pool should look, the features it must have and how it will improve your life, there are a lot of things to consider.
Once you’ve carefully considered the options and decided that you’re ready to take the next step, Hayes suggests speaking to an expert. You may think you want a large and luxurious infinity pool with beautiful views, but it might not be feasible, practical and perhaps most importantly, the right fit for you and your needs.
Finding your nearest SPATA member means you’ll get invaluable advice to ensure that you get the plans right from the get-go, with Hayes reminding us that all SPATA members work to an agreed set of standards and are covered by professional indemnity insurance, so you’ll have that extra bit of reassurance about their credentials and expertise.
Having a swimming pool at home can provide significant health and wellbeing benefits; it’s always there if you want to relax and unwind after a hard day at work or if you want to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Nevertheless, it’s a significant undertaking that needs careful planning. It’s also a sizable investment, and you will need to consider running costs, plus service and maintenance to keep your pool in tip-top condition.
Planning the Perfect Pool for You
Though there are many things to take into consideration when putting plans together for that perfect home swimming pool, here are just a few of Chris’s top tips:
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Whether you’re installing a new pool or renovating an existing one, do your homework. A little bit of research to give you even a basic understanding of swimming pool design and construction will provide you with a beneficial foundation. This knowledge will help to arm you with questions to help you choose the right pool contractor – and always meet them in person before you make your final choice.
- Getting the best deal – If a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. Choosing a contractor based on price alone won’t bring you the best results. Careful planning and getting the right company for the job is time well spent. A reputable company will provide a detailed quote and reassure you that the quality is up to the standard you require. They will also be able to showcase other similar projects they’ve completed and to provide references for you to check.
- It’s all in the detail – Make sure, before any work takes place, that your pool contractor provides detailed drawings so that you can see what the final pool will look like, and can check that you’re happy it ticks all your boxes. It will also help you to consider all practicalities such as location, heating, pool cover or enclosure and cleaning.
- Play it safe – There are two meanings to this. Firstly, swimming pools are great for exercising, training, relaxing and socialising but they can also present a risk if the right precautions are not put in place at the design stage. Secondly, a pool is a significant investment, so make sure you have everything in writing, and it covers all of your requirements. There will usually be an obligatory cancellation period, and this is your opportunity to check through the contract, making sure everything is included, as agreed. Remember, the contract is put in place to protect both you and the contractor.
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