You’re excited! You’ve decided to create your own backyard oasis — and increase your home’s value in the process. That decision was the first and most important step, to be sure. But you’ll have a few more steps to take before your dreams can actually materialize. Consider that the more thought you put into your pool’s design and the more effectively you communicate your wishes to the pool contractor of your choice, the more worthwhile your investment will be. A reputable pool dealer will work with you as you plan the pool design and surrounding space. So before you schedule that consultation, you’ll want to have an idea of the options available to you, as well as your ideal backyard paradise.
Envision Your Ideal
At risk of taking you back to a creative writing class, let’s do a little freewriting. Don’t worry; there will be no red pen or graded essay. All I want you to do is write down words — or draw pictures, if you’d prefer — that come to your mind when you envision the backyard of your dreams. What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel? Will it be your own private retreat from the world, or will it be a party hub, with friends and family coming and going? Write it down.
Find Some Photos
Now that you have some ideas in mind, you’ll want to find some photos that fit with your ideas. (Unless you’re a landscape architect or can sketch out precisely what you’ve envisioned, you’ll probably want to find some actual photographs.) Try looking at Pinterest, Instagram, or Google, for ideas; once you’ve found some favorites, either save them to your phone or print them out. They’ll be helpful to take along for your pool design consultation.
Decide on Design
In-ground swimming pools come in three basic styles. The first type is referred to as “classic,” and it’s probably what most people think of when they picture an in-ground pool; it’s a basic rectangular shape. The second type is “geometric,” and it basically includes any other kind of straight-edged shape. The third type is referred to as “freeform,” and it includes any number of creatively styled, rounded designs. But how do you decide? Here are a few thoughts.
If your yard is on the small side, a geometric pool might fit better than a classic design. If you want your pool to be part of your backyard landscape, but not the focal point, you might want to go with that classic shape so that the pool’s design doesn’t outstage your elaborate landscaping. Maybe you do want the pool to be the main focus of your backyard space — then a freeform pool will certainly do the trick!
Now that you have the basic idea, you could go ahead and schedule that pool design consultation. Or you could consider a few more options, first, allowing you to be even more prepared to take that exciting step.
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