Whether you are in the new home construction phase, or already living in your new home, the question is going to come up, should you put a swimming pool in the backyard.
The first question of course is do you have the space available in your backyard living area. If the answer to this is yes, and you have the funds available, let's look at a few more options.
If your neighborhood has a homeowner's association, you best check with them first to see what their requirements are. They may not even allow a pool on the property, or may have certain restrictions you have to follow.
A swimming pool most likely will not add to the value of your home, and when it comes time to sell, it will reduce the number of potential buyers due to them not wanting a home with a pool. This can be for a number of reasons such as high maintenance costs, and the ever present danger of someone drowning, especially small children. A pool is definitely a liability.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to provide a safe environment around the pool for the guests and children who may use the pool. Fencing and gates should completely surround the pool, and be at least 4 feet high. The gates should have a self-closing device, and the gate latch should be high enough to be out of reach of the children. A pool alarm should be installed, that will notify the homeowner when something enters the surface of the water. When the pool season is over, a quality pool cover should be installed and secured.
When deciding on a swimming pool, you will have a few choices to make.
In-ground or above ground, concrete in-ground, vinyl above ground or vinyl in-ground, or pre-fab fiberglas in-ground design. A filtration system is a must. Pool lighting can be added for after-dark swimming. Slides and diving boards, a pool heating system, and automatic pool cleaner and skimmer to name a few.
Having a backyard pool can greatly expand your outdoor living space. Whether you are throwing a lavish pool party, hosting a barbeque from your outdoor kitchen, or just lounging near the pool reading you favorite book, you will find a lot of reasons to get out of the house and enjoy your new pool.
Remember, it is your responsibility as the homeowner to make sure all pool guests are supervised, children and adults. Make sure your homeowner's insurance includes coverage for your swimming pool.