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Considering a New Swimming Pool? Here’s What You Need to Know

Home renovation and new build projects provide the perfect opportunity to get creative with design ideas. Although an indoor or outdoor swimming pool might seem like a luxury, more and more homeowners are taking the plunge and incorporating it into the design of their home. To do so, careful attention needs to be paid to the preparation and installation of the swimming pool to ensure a flawless fit and encourage regular use for many years to come.

Here, we will discuss the things to consider when looking to include an indoor or outdoor swimming pool in your home or garden plans, or if you are hoping to have one installed in the future.

Devising a Swimming Pool Plan

When preparing to have a new swimming pool installed, it’s imperative to consider the layout of the property to determine what size and shape of pool is required for a seamless fit. Space is an important factor to consider when looking into having a swimming pool installed on your property to ensure you maximise all available space. While you may opt for a standard size pool, it’s worth noting that some companies can offer bespoke pools specially designed to suit the individual measurements of the garden or room, whatever the size and shape.

Pay careful consideration to the usability of the swimming pool and the associated running costs to ensure that it is fit for purpose and affordable. Some additional space must be allocated round the perimeter of the pool to accommodate for the surround and accessibility must be taken into account to make way for the machinery required to install the pool.

Land levels at your property must also be looked into, as uneven or sloped land can affect the installation of the pool.

Time of Year

Typically, the spring season is considered one of the best times for swimming pool installation as the weather has started to warm up and you have the entire summer period to make the most of your new addition. However, certain swimming pool companies – such as H2o Swimming Pools – have the flexibility to construct pools during the colder months, too, with the option of incorporating a heating system so that you can enjoy your new swimming pool all year round.

This flexibility means that services can be adapted to suit the deadlines of your house renovation or new build projects, so you can rest easy knowing that your dream swimming pool will be created in time.

Types of Swimming Pool

As mentioned above, you don’t have to settle for a standard size and shape for your swimming pool – designs can be tailored to suit your property and the intended purpose of the pool, whether it be for indoor or outdoor swimming. As discussed in one of our previous articles, there are a plethora of designs to choose from to cater to the requirements of your property and your lifestyle, including Grecian, Oval style pools, Geometric and Lazy-L shapes.

Planning Permission

As a general rule of thumb, outdoor swimming pools in the garden of a home in the UK don’t require planning permission unless the house is:

  • listed
  • in a designated conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty

An indoor pool may require permission if it doesn’t fall under the regulations of Permitted Development, so it’s worth checking with your local authority rather than taking the risk and having to deal with the costly consequences.

Hot Tub Alternatives to a Swimming Pool

An increasingly popular addition to homes across the country, hot tubs are a brilliant alternative for those who don’t have the space to accommodate an entire swimming pool. Specialist companies, such as H2o Swimming Pools, can work closely with you to design a bespoke hot tub area, taking into account space limitations and your personal preferences for a luxurious hot tub and spa which can be used all year long!

H2o Swimming Pools

With 35 years’ industry experience, the expert team here at H2o Swimming Pools can turn your dream design into a reality. Whatever the style, shape or size you are looking for, we can facilitate the entire project to ensure it fits your property and your lifestyle seamlessly. To find out more or to book an appointment with us, simply give us a call today – we’re always happy to help with any enquiry.


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