Essential Questions to Ask Before Building Your Pool

Backyard pool overlooking marsh with lounge chairs and table

Photo courtesy of Jason Temple.

Embarking on a pool construction project is an exciting endeavor requiring careful planning and consideration. What activities will your pool be used for? What unique aesthetics interest you? What features are must-haves? There are many factors that can shape your oasis before even the planning stages, and knowing what questions to ask can set you and your pool-building partner up for success. 

1. What is my project budget?

Determining your budget is the first and most crucial step in the pool-building process. It dictates the scale and scope of your project and determines the materials, features and amenities you’ll incorporate. 

By setting a clear budget, you equip your pool builder with the essential tools to ensure your project stays on track, within budget and true to your vision. Our partners at Lyon Financial and HFS Financial can help bring your oasis to life. 

2. How do I select a pool-building partner?

Choosing the right pool-building partner is essential for a successful project. Research local pool builders and consider factors such as experience and online customer reviews. Request references and testimonials from past clients to gain insight into their workmanship and customer service. Schedule consultations with potential partners to discuss your project vision and assess their expertise and communication style.

3. What pool style should I choose?

Consider the overall aesthetic of your property and your personal preferences when selecting a pool style. Options range from traditional geometric designs to freeform shapes. Take inspiration from your home’s architecture and landscaping to choose a style that complements your outdoor space and reflects your lifestyle and design preferences.

The intended use of your pool should also influence your decision. For example, a large, inground pool would be ideal for owners who plan to host poolside parties and events. On the other hand, plunge pools are the better choice for those with limited space or are looking for a relaxing space to cool off on warm summer days.

4. Is “style” the only design choice I need to make?

No, there are several other design choices to consider beyond style. Think about factors such as materials, finishes and features that will enhance the functionality and visual appeal of your pool. Consider entry type, water features, lighting and automation systems to create a customized pool that meets your unique needs and preferences. Your local pool building partner can assist in choosing the right additions for your design and use.

5. Are there zoning regulations/restrictions in your area?

Before starting your project, research local zoning regulations and restrictions that may impact your pool construction. Obtain any necessary permits and approvals to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations regarding setback requirements, fencing, safety features and environmental considerations. Your pool builder will navigate the permitting process and ensure your project meets all regulatory requirements.

6. What type of landscaping will you have?

Consider how your pool will integrate with your existing landscaping and outdoor living space. Plan for features such as hardscaping, plants and lighting to create a cohesive and inviting environment that enhances your poolside ambiance. Discuss landscaping options with your pool builder to ensure that your pool and landscaping complement each other and create a seamless outdoor oasis.

7. How deep will your pool be?

The depth of your pool will depend on factors such as intended use, safety considerations and local regulations. Discuss your preferences and requirements with your pool builder to determine the appropriate depth for your pool. Consider factors such as diving depth, shallow areas for lounging – like sun ledges – and other unique features such as gradual, zero-entry slopes or steps for easy entry and exit.

8. What is the timeline for the project?

Understanding the timeline for your pool construction project is essential for planning and coordination. Ask your pool builder for a detailed timeline that outlines each phase of the project, from design and excavation to finishing touches and completion. Remember that weather, material availability and permitting processes may adjust timelines. Communicate regularly with your pool builder to stay informed and on track.

Partner With the Lowcountry’s Premier Pool Builder

As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builder, Aqua Blue Pools is ready to bring your dream pool to life. Since 1991, our team has designed and built pools in a range of styles for residential and commercial clients from South Carolina’s Lowcountry to Savannah. We are proud to work closely with our clients to create and execute impressive custom projects built to last. Contact us today to begin planning your oasis!


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