Taking the plunge with your own pool

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Taking the plunge with your own pool

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Taking the plunge with your own pool
With our glorious sunny weather, it’s only natural that, when designing and building a new home, the word ‘pool’ enters the conversation at one point or another. The thought of relaxing around your own private lagoon on a hot summer’s day is enticing, however before you take the plunge there are a number of things you should first consider:
  1. The size and aspect of your block: Even the smallest plunge pool takes up considerable square meterage in the back yard. Will you still have room for the kids’ trampoline, Dad’s man shed or Mum’s herb garden? If you have a sloping block, factor in the extra expense of excavation, retaining walls and drainage.  Does your block have access to enable this scale of work? Your builder will be able to advise whether a pool is physically viable and the extra expenses involved.
     
  2. Pool fencing: Make sure you research and understand government pool fencing regulations and how they will impact your outdoor living areas. Fencing takes up a surprising amount of room and may eat into areas you have earmarked for an entertaining deck or the kids play area.
     
  3. Cost of maintenance: With the cost of electricity on the rise, running power-hungry pool filters can be an expensive exercise. Topping up your pool during periods of dry weather will also add to your water bill. Can these costs be absorbed in the family budget?
     
  4. Time or money: Pools need regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure they stay hygienic. Do you have the time to devote to the upkeep? Do you have the budget to employ a pool cleaner? All things to consider.
     
  5. Designed for living: How does a pool fit with the design of your indoor and outdoor entertaining areas? Will your pool be safety compliant yet still easily accessible for a casual dip on a hot day? Is it too close to bedrooms where sleeping infants (or napping adults), will be disturbed by the noise of excited, splash-happy children? Pools are a big investment so you need to make sure they will be used regularly and enjoyed as they ought to be.
 
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