There are around 10.4 million residential pools in the US. Are you ready to join that number? 

If you have decided to take the plunge and invest in a pool, you need to decide what type of pool you want. For many people, a custom pool is the best option. You can fit into your lifestyle, your design choice and follow the whole process. 

But before you jump in and call a pool builder, it is important to plan. You will soon be drowning in custom pool inspiration without any direction. So, consider these seven factors to ensure you get your dream custom pool!

1. Consider Your Lifestyle

The best place to start when building a custom swimming pool is to think about its purpose. What is your pool for? Some people want a lap pool for fitness, and others want to host pool parties or float on a lilo!

Think about what you want out of your custom pool. It will help you with the design process. You can have more than one purpose, but planning helps narrow down the many design options.

Also, consider the temperature of where you are. Ask yourself if you will use your pool during the coldest months. If it brings a shudder just thinking about it, consider a heated pool

2. Know the Rules

Know your state and local swimming pool laws to prevent problems later down the line. Usually, there are separate regulations for public swimming pools and residential. Rules to consider include zoning, maintenance, and liability laws. 

For example, in Texas, there are several laws. Pools must have a barrier around the pool to prevent unsupervised access. There should also be other safety systems in place to avoid liability. 

Counties and cities also have swimming pool codes to know. Maintenance is usually involved, such as water clarity requirements to prevent unsanitary water.

The good news is a Texas pool builder will be familiar with laws. But it is good to be aware of the basic regulations before you start planning!

3. Pick a Shape

The shape you choose can make or break your custom pool choice. First, take a look at your backyard and what will actually fit! A pool builder may give you shape options if the ground needs leveling or there is obstruction.

You can also think about what fits your aesthetic, yard, and the pool design you want! Lap swimmers tend to like the classic rectangular pool, which is also a fun pool for children. Geometric pools are made in patterns,  similar to free-form pools, which can be any shape!

There are also L-shaped pools, oval pools, figure 8 pools, kidney pools, and more! The list is endless! So there will definitely be something you like.  

4. Create Your Design

Once you decide on the shape, also consider the design! The design of the pool includes the pool color, depth, size, and features. Once you have some ideas, you can discuss them with a pool company, who will draw up designs.  

Features you might want to add to your pool include stairs, diving boards, and ledges to catch the sun! You can let your imagination run wild! Other features include:

  • A swim-up bar
  • Lighting
  • Jump off ledges
  • Waterfalls 
  • Islands
  • Stepping stones 
  • Beach-style entries 

Also, determine the color of your pool and depth. Do you a shallow and deep end? The finish of your pool will determine the color look. For example, blue water works well with a white, black, blue, or gray finish.

Also, consider the circulation system design. You may need to experiment with the design features. But the sooner you have ideas, the sooner you can share them with your pool service to create designs!

5. Decide on Materials 

Your custom pool design will also be impacted by the materials you use. You can ask your pool service which is possible for your yard and design. Also, consider the actual material and its finish to ensure you like it.

Concrete pools are a popular choice, especially for custom pools. They can be made into any shape and size. They also can be updated, such as refinished or enlarged.

Vinyl pools can be made into some shapes because they are made of a one-piece flexible liner. However, opt for a heavy-duty liner to prevent it from getting ripped or damaged.

Fiberglass pools are one of the quickest types of pools to make. They are durable and use fewer chemicals. They need to be set into place, usually with a crane, as they are factory-molded.

6. Include Accessories for Your Custom Pool

You also can think about what you want around your pool. Do you want an outdoor shower or even a hot tub? After all, your pool is part of your backyard experience!

The Pool and Hot Tub alliance predicts another year of growth for pools. One of the main reasons is for a complete outdoor entertainment space. The ‘total’ backyard is the focus this year.

Consider everything, including landscaping, accessories, and decking. It will help make your pool the centerpiece of a fantastic yard. 

7. Determine Your Budget 

Budget is an essential factor when you plan to build a custom pool. Inground pools are more of an investment but last longer. They start at around $30,000, which includes excavation costs.   

In comparison, above-ground pools are a cheaper alternative if you are on a budget. The material you choose also impacts the price. For example, concrete tends to cost more as it is a durable and flexible option. 

Factor in the labor costs, the time it takes to install the pool, and maintenance costs. Your water choice can also impact costs, such as salt water or chlorine. You can discuss the pros and cons with your pool builder. 

Hire a Professional Pool Company

So you are sold on the benefits of custom pools and have a design in mind. Now it is time to contact a pool builder to turn your custom pool dreams into reality! 

They will guide you throughout the entire custom pool process. They will guarantee that your pool stays true to your design and is practical. 

Are you ready to build your custom pool? We are the Texas pool builder you need! Contact us for a free consultation to learn more.