Do you want a new swimming pool but are not sure where to begin? A good first step is to understand and avoid the #1 mistake people make with their swimming pool.
This may sound crazy, but a lot people in the Tampa Bay area build the wrong swimming pool. They go to a Tampa pool builder, they tell the pool builder what they want, the pool builder builds it and then it turns out they’re not happy with it.
What is the #1 Swimming Pool Mistake to Avoid?
The #1 swimming pool mistake to avoid is not thinking through the intended purpose of the pool and as a result, not designing the pool to fit that purpose.
The saying is, “the customer is always right.” But only partially true. Many pool builders just build whatever the homeowner wants. But like we said earlier, often the homeowner hasn't fully considered how they will be using the pool. As a result, many homeowners ask for features that don’t fit with how they’ll use the pool and leave out features that would enhance the experience. Here are some examples...
Examples of Pool Building Mistakes:
- If you have small children or regularly host friends with small children, the pool should include safety features like a security fence, and the pool depth and shape should be conducive to small children.
- If the pool will be used frequently for exercise or physical therapy, think through the specific exercises it will be used for most often. Perhaps the pool should be longer and narrower for swimming laps. Perhaps it should include spa jets in a seating area, or a separate spa area.
- If the pool's primary use will be entertaining guests around the pool area, then consider mood lighting features, special landscaping and water features in and around the pool.
- If you want to grill out with friends and family, consider a design that includes outdoor kitchen features.
Professional Swimming Pool Design
These are just a few examples the kind of thinking that goes into good, collaborative swimming pool design. Every homeowner's situation is different, so you want to work with an experienced pool designer who will not just build whatever you ask for but talk with you about the lifestyle you envision for yourself and your family, a pool designer who will then work with you to design your swimming pool and entire outdoor living space to make that possible.
That’s our approach at Grand Vista Pools. If you’d like to discuss the design and construction of your new pool, contact us today.