Thinking of Putting in a Pool? Read This First

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

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Summer is fast approaching and with the longer, hotter days comes the need to cool off and chill out. In previous years, we’ve been so thankful for having beautiful Australian beaches only a short drive away. But let’s face it - basking in your very own pool is a luxury that many of us would love to dive right into! If you’re thinking of putting in a pool, read on for our tips and tricks to make the most of your summer luxury.

Location, location, location

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One of the first things to consider before purchasing a new pool is location. Do you have a flat area in your backyard perfect for a pool? Will some landscaping be needed instead? The amount of space you have and your backyard terrain will help determine the size, shape and style of your pool. After all, most of us don’t have space for an olympic sized swimming pool at home!

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The other thing to think about when it comes to location is how close or far away your pool will be from the house. If it’s near your house, you can have easy access to everything you need inside, including drinks, snacks and towels. On the other hand, having the pool a bit away from the main house is the perfect excuse to create your own cabana - perfect for both storage and as a little luxurious getaway from your house!

Planning & budgeting

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Outdoor pools are a wonderful addition to a home, especially when facing an Australian summer, but they are an investment. Like most things, it’s a good idea to have a shop around for your options before deciding. Keep in mind that the size and material of your pool with play a big factor in your overall price. In Australia, fibreglass pools start at $10,000 for a DIY kit, and usually end up around $25,000 - $40,000 with installation. In contrast, concrete pools start at around $30,000 installed, with the average price being $50,000. There are benefits and drawbacks of both styles of pool - check out our guide here.

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When working out your budget, keep in mind that the pool itself isn’t the only cost involved. Other aspects to consider include:

  • Landscaping - most pool installers will ask you to hire a separate landscaper prior to the pool being installed

  • Decking and paving - there can be big variations depending on your chosen material

  • Fixtures such as a pool fence and lighting

  • Any optional extras such as lounge chairs, fire pits, decor, storage etc

Costs of upkeep

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While pools can be a great addition to a home, it’s important to also factor in ongoing upkeep costs. One of the biggest costs will be keeping your pool warm and clean. Unfortunately, pools can be absolute energy hogs. The good thing is that if you have solar power, the expense to the planet and your back pocket can be virtually offset.

For those without solar, take note of increases to your electricity cost - pool heating and filtration will typically add $500 - $2000 to your utilities bills each year, depending on the size and type of your pool, as well as your energy provider.

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Additional running costs will depend on the type of pool you’ve selected. Concrete pools need extra maintenance in order to avoid algae and concrete rot - you’ll need to call in the experts every three to five years for an acid wash to make sure the surface stays clean and healthy, and there’s also a need for resurfacing every fifteen to twenty years. Fibreglass pools will require some cleaning, but the costs are typically lower than that of concrete.

Enjoying your poolside paradise

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Once you’ve done all the hard work, it’s time to think about how to best enjoy your pool. Consider both relaxation and entertainment options both in and out of the pool. Can you create some space for lounges or other outdoor seating? Do you want to set up an outdoor projector for movie nights?

If you have the space, use it! Our family loves to get the fire pit going and roast s’mores during our pool movie nights. Even if it’s too cold to go for a dip, you’ll still be inclined to sit around your pool and soak up its tranquility, even during winter.

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Our last recommendation… don’t skip your pool blanket! So many people throw so much money away because they don’t know where to put their pool blanket, and can’t be bothered to drag it in and out. A little planning can go a long way, like this cleverly constructed storage that hides away the pool blanket and other pool toys when not in use.

Putting in a pool is definitely an expensive luxury, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great investment. Especially if you plan ahead and get creative about its functionality, its cost per use might just be worth every penny. 

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