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How to Upgrade Your Backyard with a Custom, Luxury Pool

When you look at your backyard, do you despair? Is it drab and boring and in dire need of a makeover? Or maybe just pretty mediocre? Do you know what would make it exceptional? A new luxury pool.

You may think that building a luxury pool is a complicated and expensive process, but if you know what you want and have the right plan, you could have a luxury pool in your backyard in no time. 

This area of your home could become a “destination location” and provide hours of enjoyment for you, your family, and your friends. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive into the details on how you can make this happen.

Why Upgrade to a Luxury Pool?

Imagine coming home after a long day and relaxing by your own swimming pool. Traditionally, luxury pools have been reserved for holidays and resorts, but this is no longer the case. Modern technologies have made top-end pools widely accessible. 

There are many luxury pool ideas to choose from. You can opt for a pool with a spa at one end if you like relaxing in the water to de-stress. You can also choose from in-ground or above-ground pools, infinity pools, and lap pools, depending on the purpose. You may prefer a natural-looking pool or a reflection pool for meditation.

There is no end to the “wow” factor you can create when installing a pool and some well-designed surroundings. These days, you can add waterfalls, water slides, fire pits, swim-out benches, low-cost lighting, high-action jets or bubblers in spa areas, fountains, or integrated walkways and bridges.

In addition, keep in mind that your backyard doesn’t end at the edge of your pool.You may also decide to use this opportunity to upgrade your backyard to include a lounge area, an outdoor kitchen, BBQ or bar, or an entertainment area with an outdoor TV and a new music system. You could also add some great landscaping designs.

So back to our question: why upgrade to a luxury pool? Not only can you get creative and design the backyard of your dreams with all of the options available today, but adding a luxury pool to your property will also increase its value, as well as give you hours of enjoyment in your own home and yard..

Start with Your Pool Vision

It’s always good practice to start thinking about your ideas before reaching out to a designer. After all, you know your house better than anyone else, how you would like everything to go, and the main purpose of the pool.

Start your creative juices flowing by looking through pictures of pools and getting an idea of what is possible. Then grab a piece of paper and pen and begin sketching. You don’t need to be an artist to get this done correctly. It doesn’t need to be drawn to scale, and you can really go to town and use a mood board to bring in all the different aspects of what you would like included.

Think about the following things as well:

  • What shape should it be?
  • How long can it be?
  • How deep do you want it to be?
  • Where could the spa be located?
  • What will the access area to the pool look like?
  • What color do you want the pool to be?

Your backyard will become an outdoor living space, so consider the pool surroundings, seating, and theme. Spend some time thinking about all these aspects before you actually call a designer.

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What You Can Expect from a Luxury Pool Designer

Now that you have a general idea about what you want, it’s time to call in the pool designer. The expert will look at your ideas and then use their professional knowledge to bring those ideas to life.

There are many technical aspects to consider for a luxury pool design. The designer will have to think about the type of ground you have, the water system, the filtering system, and how much of your initial design ideas they can actually make come true.

Detailed measurements will be taken before a design can be finalized and agreed on. You will also need to check your local residential pool requirements to make sure your design is compliant with all of your local regulations.

Next, the designer will likely create a 3D mockup of your new luxury pool. The mockup usually includes all the colors that will be used in and around the pool, some ideas about the materials that your pool will be made from, and ideas about decoration and furniture around the pool.

You will be able to discuss your ideas with your designer, so that the pool design is what you want, but also within your budget and suitable for the area you are converting.

There will be several meetings with the designer before you are both 100% comfortable with the final look of your luxury pool. You will have many opportunities to ask questions and clarify any aspect of the pool design you are unsure about.

Check List Before You Start

Some considerations before you begin:

  • Make sure your designer is experienced, with a good track record.
  • Your design should include material that is going to last. The cheapest options are not always the way to go.
  • Carefully consider warranties and payment schedules.
  • Safety elements like non-slip surfaces and ease of pool access need to be understood, especially if children or pets are going to be using the area.

Consider your Budget

It’s easy to opt for extravagant designs that are way outside your budget if you aren’t careful. Rein in your plans and be realistic about what you can afford. Throughout this process, you will have to balance costs versus what you want, and there will be some hard choices to make. Ultimately, though, you’ll prioritize what you really want and end up with your own perfect little backyard paradise.

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You need to keep several things in mind when you think about your budget:

  • How much can you spend on the design?
  • How much water will you be able to afford on a regular basis? Think carefully about the water bill.
  • What is the highest quality of pool pumps and maintenance you can afford?
  • How often will you be able to afford to clean the pool?

Remember: although the initial budget is only for getting the pool designed and installed, there are also maintenance costs to budget for. Your pool designer will be very knowledgeable in this area, and they may advise you to make a few changes to your initial idea in order to make sure that you can afford to enjoy your new pool.

The Building Process

Once the design has been completed and agreed upon, it’s time to start building. There are several things that you need to keep in mind about the building process:

  • At times it will be loud. A lot of heavy machinery is required to dig up and build a pool, so keep your neighbors in mind and give them notice about possible noise issues.
  • There will be grading and excavation activities. Your backyard will be completely cleared in the area where the pool will go. This includes any plants and trees that are in the area. Be clear before the work starts about what is going and what is staying or being saved.
  • Installation of filtration systems and pumps. These are essential components of a pool, and installation may require access to your house to connect to the new system. It’s a complex process, and at times you may be left without a water supply while this is being done.
  • Chemicals will be added to balance the pool water. Once the pool is actually built, chemicals like chlorine will need to be added to make sure that the pool water stays disinfected at all times. If you have an issue with any chemicals, like if you or someone in your home is allergic to them, make this clear from the start. Your pool professional can advise you on this.
  • It takes between two weeks and a month. Depending on how big and complex your pool design is, it may take between two weeks and a month to get the job done. Be clear about your and your builder’s expectations regarding timeframes before the work begins.

Choose the Right Designer and Builder for Your Luxury Pool

Choosing a company that understands your needs makes planning your new luxury pool easier. Since 1952, California Pools has designed and installed pools, from standard lap pools to aesthetic resort-style pools, with 100% transparency at every step. Find a California Pools design center near you.