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    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Custom Pool for Your Backyard

    Are you feeling the excitement of finally being ready to move forward with the installation of a custom pool? There’s no doubt that your life will be upgraded when you have a private oasis in your yard. The right pool design can provide the ideal location where you can host friends and family, relax, and even exercise. It’s important to consider how you are planning to use the space so you can design the ideal shape and size to match your unique needs.

    As you are making your final decision about the installation of your custom pool, it’s essential to consult with an experienced contractor. Not only do you need to learn more about the design options for your backyard pool, but this conversation is a great way to learn more about available pool features and other elements that can be integrated into your project.

    Keep reading to learn more about the ways your pool can be designed and installed, ensuring you are satisfied with the outcome when we are finished with the installation:

    What are the Different Types of Custom Pool Construction?

    Your pool design should be based on the way you are planning to use the pool the most. Common types of custom pools include:

    • Above Ground Pool:This pool design is a great option if you are looking to save money. Instead of digging a hole, the pool sits on the surface of your yard and is surrounded by a patio or deck. Most of the time, these pools are built using vinyl liners, steel sidings, resin, and/or aluminum.
    • In-Ground Pools:Another option is to place a permanent structure in your yard, with the pool being installed in the ground and built into your landscape. Common types of in-ground pools include vinyl liners, fiberglass, and concrete. For example, if you choose a fiberglass pool, then the hole will be excavated, and one large fiberglass piece is delivered and placed into the hole to create the pool.
    • Infinity Pool:Do you love the look of having a vanishing edge at the edge of the water? This pool design has water flowing over the side, which makes it look like there is no wall on that side of the pool. These pool features are most commonly used on properties with beautiful views and steep drop-offs, such as overlooking a body of water or a mountain view.
    • Swim Spa:If you are limited in space and want something that can be used for exercise, then a swim spa can be a great option. This design includes jets that provide a strong flow of water. So, you can swim against the current, even if you aren’t actually moving anywhere. One benefit of this type of pool is that you can use it for an exercise pool and a relaxing spa.
    • Lap Pool:If function is a higher priority than aesthetics, then you might choose to invest in a lap pool. This design has a narrow and long shape, allowing you to swim in a straight line from one side to the other. Ideally, a lap pool is at least 40 feet long. You will need to decide on the number of swim lanes to determine the width of the custom pool.

    What are the most popular pool shapes and sizes? Most often, people choose to install a rectangular or kidney-shaped swimming pool. In the past, the kidney shape was more common. But modern homes are trending more towards rectangular shapes, or even custom shapes with unique features such as waterfalls, lighting, decking, and more.

    The size of your swimming pool depends on the amount of space available, as well as the way you want to use the pool.

    What is the Typical Timeline for Building a Custom Pool?

    The timing of your pool installation is determined based on a number of factors:

    • Planning Phase:Do you already know what type of custom pool you want to install? Or will it take time to evaluate all of the options? The planning can take as long as you desire. It’s important to be detail-oriented about the planning to make sure that you are going to be happy with the outcome of the installation.
    • Contractor Availability:The timing when you want to begin the project can be influenced by contractor availability. If your preferred pool installation team already has a full schedule, then you might need to wait for a few weeks or months before beginning the project. It’s worth the wait to ensure that you are working with the ideal team for your needs.
    • Construction Phase:Typically, the construction of a custom pool takes around 10 – 12 weeks from start to finish. But there are things that could potentially delay construction, such as inclement weather, supply chain issues, changes to the design, or a larger-scale project that includes other landscaping and decking features.

    An experienced contractor will offer a full-service approach, including site cleanup at the end of the project. The goal is to provide you with a swimming pool that is ready to use.

    How Much Will It Cost to Maintain a Custom Pool?

    As you are considering your budget for pool installation, it is also important to look at the cost of pool maintenance going forward. Your out-of-pocket expenses will depend on the type of swimming pool that you choose, as well as the different features that are installed – such as the filtration system, hot tubs, waterfalls, etc.

    Make sure that you will be able to afford your dream pool in the future! One aspect of choosing the right pool is to build in filtration and other features that will make it easy to maintain. Most homeowners find that they need to spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars or more each year for pool maintenance. These costs can go up for occasional repairs that might need to be handled.

    Personalized Recommendations for Your Custom Pool

    When you are ready for more information about installing your custom pool, our team is here to assist. We invite you to contact Mid City Custom Pools to book your complimentary consultation.