So you have decided to embrace the New South Wales dream of installing a pool. The next thing to consider is what you need to research before beginning your project. Installing a pool is a major renovation which can go south quickly if you don’t follow the right steps. Here are 4 things to research before installing a pool that will help you along the way.
1. Why are You Installing a Pool?
It may sound like an odd question, given that you have already committed to installing a pool. However, it is important to think about the function of your pool for the entire family. Providing supervision and adequate pool fencing are essential considerations. In NSW before work commences you must obtain approval from your local council and accredited certifier of your plans.
2. Cost Considerations
The cost of a pool will depend on whether you opt for an above or below ground installation. The former is typically less costly and labour intensive because there is little need for excavation work. For a concrete pool, you are looking at a cost between $35,000 to upwards of $100,000. Somewhere around the middle is the average cost. When considering an inground pool, a geotechnical survey is also recommended to establish possible rock or unstable foundation soil. This can increase your costs dramatically. Make sure you request a quote before going ahead.
Fibreglass pool shells are much cheaper, costing anything from $6,000 to $25,000. To have a fibreglass pool installed in-ground will cost between $25,000 and $75,000. You may get quotes that are higher or lower in all cases but, then, you need to consider the quality of the workmanship.
3. Pool Size
You are working with limited space, despite what your eyes may tell you about the size of your available landscape. It’s a good idea to start by measuring the dimension of your yard to determine available space before you even contact a builder.
Remember, too that the size of your pool will affect how your garden looks. If the pool completely engulfs the landscape it may not be practical when you want to spend time outside in the winter months. Leave space to also enjoy your garden!
4. Theme & Style
Your pool shouldn’t become a standalone feature in your garden that looks completely out of place. Think about your outdoor space when considering the theme and style of the pool that you want. Can it be integrated with your current deck? Do you need to change your landscape to accommodate the pool?
These questions are important to ask yourself because installing a pool that is an eyesore will not do much for resale, let alone your enjoyment of the backyard. You want a pool that enhances your experience of spending time outside, so consult with your builder on the details before giving the go ahead to begin work.
Keep in mind the amount of work required to install a pool and how it may negatively impact on your daily life. If you hire an experienced builder he will be able to provide you with a timeframe and answer any questions you may have about the construction process. It is important to note that all pools built after 1 July 2010 must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house.
Talk to your local council about approval requirements in your area and for all your pool installation construction inspection needs, you can call Houspect in New South Wales for excellence in producing reports.