The main choice a buyer must make is what type of pool to buy. Above-ground pools can be assembled fairly quickly and are inexpensive but do not add ambience or enhance the environment of your home. Fibreglass pools are manufactured in pre-made shapes so if you have a large area, want a regular shape, and want to keep the costs low, some would choose a fibreglass pool. However, we find that they are very inflexible, do not suit small or awkwardly shaped areas, and do not add value to your property.
An inground concrete swimming pool is the best option for your home. This is because you get the most enjoyment out of a pool that will last for many years. There is ongoing maintenance of course but if good-quality materials have been used in the construction of the pool, the maintenance will be manageable. With good design and construction, this kind of pool looks stunning and is unbeatable in quality. An inground concrete swimming pool will also add considerable value to your home, its liveability and its eventual saleability.
Top 4 considerations regarding price
1. Size and space
Our most recent project in Maida Vale was our biggest challenge to date. The challenge here was the enormous size of the property. Two acres of blank canvas is an amazing opportunity when the owner has asked for a Bali resort in their back yard! It was a challenge because it’s a massive area to fill with all the elements that make up a stunning resort. The owners understood that the project would take some time and with a small team, we did very well. The final outcome is magnificent (if we do say so ourselves… ).
If it is very difficult to access the area where your pool is being built, this will have ramifications on cost. One difficult area we have had to deal with was a very small courtyard pool in Doubleview. The challenge here was to be able to work in a small space with the myriad equipment that is required to get the job done. The owners still wanted many of the elements of a large pool such as decking, outdoor entertaining area, pergola, and a swim-up bar. The challenge is to fit it all into a workable and attractive design. Other difficult locations have been on the edges of cliffs, with infinity-edge pools.
There are materials, and then there are materials. The best quality, and longest lasting products are best for your pool. You have the option to choose between different budgets, but it is always recommended to get the best. The swimming pool is a harsh environment, subject to all sorts of forces. Wherever health and water is concerned, the utmost care must be taken with hygiene and cleanliness. High-quality products should be used in the construction of the pool and implementation of the filter system. These products are durable, reliable, strong, easy to use, resistant to corrosion and have warranties.
4. Complexity of design
Most clients would love the whole menu: the lagoon or resort swimming pool, swim-up bar, timber decking, outdoor entertaining area with outdoor kitchen, one or more water features, top-of-the-range fencing, luxuriant jungle garden, easy-to-maintain landscaping, Bali daybed or meditation room – the list can be as long as your imagination. All of these features create an amazing environment for your pool and obviously add to the time and design specifications of the job. The more complex the design, the more materials are required and the more time and labour is needed to complete the work. These are all elements to keep in mind when requesting a quote