6 Factors To Consider When Determining The Size Of Your New Swimming Pool

There are over 10 million swimming pools in the US. And you too can join that number by adding a pool to your home. Doing so will add a recreational element to your home, increase your home’s value, improve the quality of life at home, and more. Now one of the major factors you have to consider any time you want to have a new pool built is size. That is, what size of a swimming pool are you going to build? Your swimming pool contractor can help you with this but here are basic determiners.



  1. What’s your budget?

Any time you’re undertaking a build at home, costs will undoubtedly come into play. And the same goes for swimming pools. Depending on what kind of a pool you want, your costs can easily range from $20,000 to $80,000. Needless to say, the bigger your pool is, the more it will cost. Your contractor can offer you a cost estimate per meter to help with this decision. However, you also need to remember that your new pool will also need a pump, a heater, a chlorinator, and a filtration system. And the bigger the size of the pool, the bigger and more expensive its equipment will be.

  1. How much space do you have to spare?

Another important determiner is the amount of space you have to spare at home. You definitely do not want to take up every inch of outdoor space remaining at home and trade it in for a pool. Remember that a swimming pool also needs some poolside space for loungers and other poolside furniture. You want to remain with some green vegetation to complete your outdoor space. A pool contractor or a landscaper can help you map out your available space to determine just how much spare inch of space you can dedicate to your pool.

  1. What type of pool usage do you wish to enjoy?

The size of your pool can also be affected by the type of pool usage you’re after. And this is because certain forms of pool usage demand that your pool take certain shapes. And shapes can determine just how big or small your pool should be. For example, if you just want a pool where you can soak your feet or escape the heat, then a small or medium swimming pool of any shape will do. However, if you are looking to exercise or train competitively, a lap pool may be better suited to your needs. And lap pools do span in length, something that will require space.



  1. How large is your family?

If you have a family, its size will come into play when determining how large your pool should be. The concept is simple as any swimming pool contractor will tell you; the bigger the family – the bigger the pool. A family with several kids, for example, will need a bigger pool compared to a family that has one or no kids. In the same way, a family comprising of in-laws or parents will need a bigger pool compared to a simple family of parents and children. So talk to your contractor and find out what size best works for your family size.

  1. How often do you intend to entertain guests at the pool?

For many people, a swimming pool is a great place to entertain guests. For others, a pool is reason enough to entertain at any time. If you plan on entertaining guests frequently, chances are that you will need a big pool. After all, parties mean lots of people. And those people will have other people tag along with the. So before you know it, you have a pool party of 25+ people; and they all want to get into the water. Of course, if you only entertain a few times a year, you do not have to get a bigger pool just for those few occasions.

  1. How much do you intend to spend on maintenance?

Not many people consider maintenance when determining the size of their future swimming pools. But they should. What you need to know is that the bigger your pool is, the more it will cost in maintenance. At the most basic level of maintenance, your pool will need to get cleaned. And the bigger it is, the more you’ll get charged to vacuum it. A bigger pool also means a larger filtration system, and more expensive filters. And then there’s power consumption. The pump and heater will consume more power if your pool is bigger. So take note of these maintenance costs before you decide to get an enormous swimming pool installed.


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