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Planning a Backyard Pool?

Important factors to consider when planning an in-ground pool


The placement of a pool in your yard is a big decision.  How much sunlight will it get? Access to electrical for running pumps and filters and does the placement of the pool make sense-is it near patio doors or deck.


Laws and Codes


Make sure you know your local zoning laws and codes concerning pools.   Many localities require both in-ground and above-ground pools having complete barriers/fences to prevent unauthorized entry and protect children.

Also check homeowner association covenants for guidelines and restrictions.




When choosing a site, make sure you are not placing your pool on a high water table or every spring you will see your liner floating . 




A sunny spot will let Mother Nature warm the water, plus avoiding trees reduces water-cluttering debris. Remember, though, that surrounding trees and shrubs, along with fences, can act as a windbreak to help slow water evaporation.


Utility Lines


Make sure there are no gas lines, utility wires or septic systems where you plan to have the pool.


Plan an easy out


Nothing is worse then having a bunch of wet children barrel through your home on your new wood floor to go to the bathroom or into the kitchen for a snack.  If possible try an plan for a small pool house that could possible house a bathroom and small kitchenette, a place to have towels, sunscreen and Band-Aids.


What kind of in-ground pool do you want?


There a three basic types of in-ground pools, concrete, vinyl liner and fiberglass. Concrete and vinyl liner pools are built on site, while fiberglass pools come preformed and are fitted into the ground. When contemplating pool planning ideas consider that costs, installation time, expected maintenance and durability vary widely for the three types.


Extra Costs?


Extra Costs for a pool include: pool surround or fence,

Decking, Landscaping,  Lighting ,Patio furniture and accessories


-by Cheryl Carmichael, Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty, Sales Representative

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