Here in San Diego, California, we are lucky enough to live in one the absolutely most ideal climates for having a swimming pool right in the backyard. If you live in San Diego but don’t have a pool in the backyard, you are missing out on one of the greatest parts about living in this fantastic area. Having a swimming pool built in your backyard not only provides you with a super fun way to cool off and spend your free time in the summers, but it also adds enormous value to your home. However, having a swimming pool installed in your backyard is a lot more complicated than just digging a hole in the ground, lining it with concrete, and filling it with water. There are ALL sorts of decisions that need to be made regarding size, shape, tile design, location, and much much more regarding the countless different features that are available to add. In order to make the decision-making process a little easier for you, we’ve put together this article that covers what we think are the two most important things you’ll need to consider before taking the plunge and getting your swimming pool built!
Size, shape & location: Choosing the size, shape, and location is probably the most important step to take first when planning your pool construction. Out of these choices, location is going to be the first thing you’ll want to determine. The location of your pool is going to affect many aspects of your swimming experience. The view, the amount of shade, and most importantly, whether or not your location is even a viable spot for a pool, are all going to be determined by where you plan on installing it. You’ll first want to look into whether or not your house is in a location where backyard pools are permitted to be built. The county issues permits for pool construction, and they can be denied for many reasons depending on things like whether or not there is a main water line in your backyard, or whether or not there is a layer of clay under the soil. There are many other possible factors that can go into the county rejecting your permit application, so be sure to do your homework before starting the construction! After deciding where you want your pool to be located and getting the go-ahead from the county, you’ll want to decide on the shape and size of your pool. Swimming pools these days come in a huge variety of shapes. There is the classic bean-shaped pool, the rectangular pool, and there are custom shapes that can be formed to whatever dimensions would please you. Size is also an important thing to think about because you definitely don’t want your pool to be too small, but you also don’t want it so big that it doesn’t leave room for anything else in the yard! Tile Options:
The type of tile you choose to install with your pool, along with the color of those tiles, are going to greatly affect the aesthetic experience of swimming. Furthermore, the color of the tile you choose also has the potential to affect the temperature of the pool as well. Darker color tiles absorb light from the sun at a greater capacity than lighter color tiles do, and as a result, darker tiles make your pool temperatures a little bit warmer. If you really want your pool water to be on the warmer side all year-round, go with completely black tiles, as these will really absorb the heat from the sun and transfer it to your pool water. If you like your pool to be nice and cool and crisp, go for a little color tile scheme.
The types of tiles you can choose can come in all sorts of shapes and colors, but it’s really the kind of material of the tiles that you’ll want to think about first. Tiles can be glass, which can have a beautiful shimmering effect involving all the colors of the rainbow. Glass tiles are also nice and smooth and they feel great to the touch while you are swimming. Stone tiles are another option that allows a lot of customizability regarding the shape and texture of the stones, and they also impart a beautiful earthy aesthetic to the pool design. Lastly, porcelain or ceramic tiles are an incredible and time-honored option, as these can be hand painted and arranged to create any type of design you desire. You can do a solid color option or go with more of a mosaic design, and there is also a huge amount of variety to choose from when it comes to the textures you want out of these tiles.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, we believe that these decisions are the first things you should be considering when thinking about having a pool installed in your yard. Many other considerations will come after you have come to a decision regarding the ones discussed above. For example, you’ll want to think about whether or not you want a diving board installed, whether or not you want a pool with raised walls, whether or not you want the pool to be heated, what kind of cleaning system you’ll want installed, and the list goes on. All of the decision are a lot of fun and they all grant you the ability to add a personal touch to your pool construction efforts. Regardless of what you end up choosing, we think you are going to absolutely love having the ability to swim while enjoying the privacy of your own home. San Diego is an absolutely incredible place to own a swimming pool, and installing them is one of our top favorite type of job we get. Remember, we offer completely free estimates on any pool construction job, along with any other kind of construction or remodeling work you are hoping to get done. Get in touch with us right away! We look forward to hearing from you!