Aug 15, 2018

How Big a Pool Do You Need

A lot of people consider having a pool to be a great investment and a valuable addition to their property. And more often than not, they are right; having a pool in your back yard is likely to raise the value of your property if you intend to sell it at one point.

However, there are some things to consider before having a pool built in your backyard. For one, the size of your backyard is going to have an impact on the size of the pool you can have.

Similarly, the costs of building and maintaining a pool are largely dependent on its size.

Pool building experts at So Cal Custom Pools and Spas give us the run-down of things you should consider when sizing your pool.

The Installation Cost

Probably the first thing you need to consider is your budget. Keep in mind that pool installation is not just digging a hole in the ground and pouring concrete into it.
There is an accompanying set of equipment and facilities necessary for the pool to function properly, such as the water pump, the filters, the drains and similar.

All of that costs money and all of it needs to be comparably bigger and more powerful in order to match the size of the pool and the volume of the water in it.


Another very rational thing to consider when planning to install the pool is how much space you have in your backyard and how much of it are you willing to allocate to the pool.

This is especially important if you have children, who love playing outdoors. Taking up the entire backyard with a pool is likely not going to go down well with them, no matter how much they might enjoy swimming.

Think Practically

What do you want to use your pool for?

A vast majority of people use their pools to relax, play some games and generally enjoy their leisure time. If that is you, think of the number of people you expect to be in the pool at the same time. That should give you a general idea of how big your pool needs to be.

If you are not going to use it for actual swimming, you probably don’t need a 20’x40’ pool, but something more modest.

There are plenty of additions to pools like slides and hot tubs which you may be tempted to install, but consider the practical application of them and act accordingly.

Maintenance Time and Cost

In order to keep your pool clean, you need to test the water very frequently, adding the necessary chemicals to it, skim the debris every day and vacuum the pool about once a week. That’s just a fact if you want your pool to be clean and tidy.

However, keeping a small pool clean is going to be significantly less time-consuming and costly than with a large pool.

Your Home’s Value

Even though a pool is likely to increase your home’s value as a luxury addition, if you install a big and expensive pool, you are effectively limiting the pool (pardon the pun) of potential buyers.

Not everyone will be ready to put in the time and the money needed to maintain such a big pool if they are not going to use it as much.

You may end up taking a loss on the house because of the pool and the investment will have gone to waste.

Owning a pool is a great feeling, especially in the summer when you get to use it. However, it does require some maintenance and money, so plan accordingly.

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