Do you dream of having a swimming pool in your own garden? Pools are great for exercise, relaxation, bonding with family, entertaining friends, and adding value to your property, as roughly 10.4 million pool-owning Americans can attest. The good news is that installing a pool in your garden may be easier than you think. All it requires
Do you dream of having a swimming pool in your own garden? Pools are great for exercise, relaxation, bonding with family, entertaining friends, and adding value to your property, as roughly 10.4 million pool-owning Americans can attest. The good news is that installing a pool in your garden may be easier than you think. All it requires is some careful consideration and planning to ensure it fits in well with your overall garden design, as well as a commitment to long-term pool maintenance.
Designing your pool
First of all, you need to decide where to put your pool. Choose an area that gets a lot of sunshine! Prioritize safety and make sure the pool will be in square view of the house, so pets and children can be easily supervised. Make sure there’s no underground tree roots or pipes in the way, which could cause you problems down the line.
How big should your pool be? It shouldn’t take up the whole of your garden as you need to leave room for access routes. And if your garden’s on the smaller side? A smaller pool will still look great and become the focal feature of your garden. However, swim spas are popular, space-saving alternatives.
When it comes to design, choose a style that matches the overall design of your home. Choose a deck area large enough to suit your needs — perhaps you’d like an outdoor dining area for relaxing with family and friends.
Maintaining your pool
Once it’s installed, your pool needs regular maintenance to keep it looking good and safe to swim in. Everyday you should skim the surface of the pool with a net to remove leaves and other debris. You’ll also have to scrub the walls and floor every week to remove dirt and algae. You may also want to purchase a pool vacuum to get rid of debris on the pool floor. The most important aspect of pool care is maintaining accurate pool water chemistry levels. Don’t worry, this isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Hardware stores sell testing kits which asses the chemical levels — pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness — in the pool water, so you can easily fix any discrepancies.
Lastly, your pool should be professionally checked each year. This will ensure it remains a stunning addition to your garden and you’ll avoid potentially expensive problems. Get the design right and keep up the maintenance, and you’re bound to get the most out of your pool summer after summer.
As the title of this video suggests, these are indeed awesome small garden swimming pool design ideas!