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Should I Build a Pool?

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Here in San Diego, everyone can agree that having a pool is not just a great idea, but a fantastic idea. Being in a location where the pool can be used nearly all year round, it seems like an enormous waste to not have a pool, especially if you have the space in your backyard. However, not every home in San Diego was built with a pool, and chances are if you are reading this, yours wasn’t either. Although this may seem like a complete travesty, it actually can be explained by things as simple as a construction company’s budget, or by more complex things like the state of the housing market at the time your home was constructed. Either way, what’s certain is that if you’re reading this, you want a pool, but you don’t know if you should or if you even can have one. Well first of all, if you can, then it is our professional opinion that you definitely should. However, there are definitely some important considerations to take into account before taking the leap. We’ve broken those considerations down for you to make your decision making process easier for you.

Yard Suitability

The first thing you need to determine if you are serious about building a pool is whether or not your yard is capable of housing a pool. In most places, there is a concern about whether or not there is a high water table that may impact the ability to have a pool put in the ground, however, that is typically a non-issue here in the hot, dry San Diego region. Once that issue is dealt with, the next step will be to take a soil sample of your yard. The composition of the soil in your backyard, whether it’s clay, hardpan, or sandy, will determine what kind of pool you’ll be able to have, if you’re able to have one at all. Also of concern is whether or not the heavy machinery necessary to construct a pool will be able to even fit in your yard. If all of these things check out, you’ll be well on your way to getting the pool you’ve always wanted. However, there are more things to consider before you take the plunge.

Where Should I Put My Pool?

This is a question that you’ll need to answer on your own at the end of the day, however, there are some helpful tips that can make the decision making process more clear. There are zoning laws and construction permits you’ll need to find out about as well, as these may limit where exactly you can put your pool, or if you’ll even be allowed to build one. Apart from the local municipal laws regarding pool construction, you’ll want to consider the amount of sunlight the pool will receive, as this will affect the temperature of the pool. Additionally, you’ll want to consider where you imagine people getting in and out of the pool, and where the pathway to the pool will be. There is also the simple aesthetic placement of the pool to consider as well. Do you want to be able to see your pool from inside your house? What shape do you want the pool to be? Do you want it dead center in your yard, or do you want it closer to the edge? All of these are important considerations that pertain to where your pool will end up being built.

What Do I Want A Pool For?

The answer to this question may be very different from person to person. Someone who wants a pool to use simply for leisure is going to want a very different kind of pool than someone who wants a pool for exercise. Are there going to be kids who use this pool? If so, what kind of activities can you expect them to do in and around the pool? If you are a family of athletic swimmers who are tired of going to the local swimming pool, then you’ll definitely want to build a pool that is as straight as possible, with specific measurements to ensure that your laps are adequately long enough. If you solely intend for your pool to be used for summer swim parties, then you definitely won’t want to skimp on some of the awesome pool amenities that are out there. You’ll likely want to build something fancy, perhaps with a black bottom, or a stone waterfall. The fancier the amenities to the pool, the more impressed your party guests will be, and the happier you’ll be as a host. The more you focus on why you want a pool and what it is going to be used for, the more questions you’ll have to answer that pertain to those intentions. Diving board or no diving board? Waterfall or no waterfall? Tiles or solid concrete? Extended lip or straight cut-off? There are countless variabilities for you to consider before making the final blueprints a reality.


Hopefully this article has helped you determine whether or not to build the pool you’ve been dreaming of. Remember, here at Divine Home Remodeling, pool construction is one of the specialties we provide, and as always, we offer free estimates for all of our services. Don’t wait until summer is over to get in touch with us! Contact us today and let us help you make your pool dreams come true!

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