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Factors to Consider When Designing a Pool

It is a huge investment to design and build a new pool on your property. There are different factors that you need to consider when you want to design a pool. You have to consider your location, weather conditions, size, who will use the pool, zoning laws, and several other factors.

In this article, we will discuss the various things to consider when you want to design a pool. These factors will help you make a better decision.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Zoning Laws

Zoning laws are important and you need to ensure that you are abiding by the zoning regulations when designing a pool on your property before your schedule a consultation or break ground.

The zoning laws differ by city and states, with some having stricter liability and maintenance laws regarding swimming pools than others.

Pool Type      

There are three main pool materials used to design swimming pools and they are concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liners. Each of these materials has its pros and cons which you need to put into consideration when designing a pool.

Benefits of Fiberglass 

  • Non-abrasive surface
  • Low maintenance
  • It can be easily installed
  • Generated in a controlled environment
  • Reduced use of extra elements
  • Aesthetically appealing 

Cons of Fiberglass

  • They are not customizable
  • Shipping Restrictions
  • High Cost

Pros of Concrete

  • Flexible designs and shape
  • Customizable
  • Appealing 

Cons of Concrete

  • High Maintenance Costs
  • Longer installation time

Benefits of Vinyl Liners

  • Non-abrasive surface
  • Low Cost of Purchase
  • Algae resistant
  • Customizable designs and shapes

Disadvantages of Vinyl Liners

  • Short lifespan
  • High maintenance costs
  • Vulnerable to damage


When choosing the type of pool you want to install, you have to consider its longevity with regards to the weather and temperature of the location.

Concrete pools, although they have a long installation time, have a longer lifespan than vinyl liner pools.


Pricing is a very vital factor to consider before designing and installing a pool.  

Fiberglass swimming pools usually cost between $20,000 and $70,000 – the price varies with pool size, shape, county fees, and other factors.  On the other hand, concrete pools cost over $50,000 and it is the most expensive pool type which requires more maintenance than the other types.

The vinyl liner pools are less expensive than the concrete and fiberglass pools. The cost of installing a vinyl liner pool using a profession is between $27,000 and $47,000.

The extra cost associated with pool building and installation are attached to features like dirt hauling, tree removal, fencing, and others.

Pool Size

The size of your pool is a factor that gives you less flexibility because your yard size determines the size of your pool.

The building code of the city will also factor into how big the pool will be as some cities have regulations that set a minimum width for pools. This is why it is important to check the zoning laws and codes.

The depth of the pool will be determined by who will be using the pool. If there are young children involved, building a shallow pool with less risky deep end will be appropriate.

Pool Shape

The next factor to consider when you know the size of your pool is the shape and design of your pool.

When choosing the shape and size of your pool, you have to consider the size of your yard. If your yard has parallel fences and straight sidewalk, you should go for a straight-lined swimming pool.

Apart from the pool shape, you have to consider the features and elements you want to include in the pool design. Some features work better with some pool designs than others.

Maintenance and Circulation System

You have to consider the amount of maintenance needed for a pool before you go ahead and build one, If a pool is not properly maintained, it can reduce the value of the property when and if you want to sell.

You should consider whether you would do the maintenance of hire a certified professional for the job.

Every type of pool whether chlorine, indoor, saltwater, or outdoor needs a water circulation system. This system is needed to keep the water fresh. You have to consider getting a reliable circulation system for your pool as well.


The timeframe associated with pool design and installation needs to be put into consideration when you want to build a pool.

There are varying factors like weather or location than can significantly impact the time frame. 

Fiberglass has the least installation time (between 3-6 weeks) while concreter takes the longest time to finish (between 3-6 months). On the other hand, vinyl liner pools take less time than both types to install.

Depending on the pool size, pool design and weather condition, a vinyl liner pool takes less than 3 weeks to finish.

Construction process

The construction process has three main steps; obtaining permit, land preparation, and pool installation. You must obtain all the right permits before you start constructing your pool.

The construction process depends largely on the pool size, shape, and design.


When you consider longevity, maintenance, and cost of installation, you will be able to determine an estimated cost for building the pool and budget towards it.

This way, if you cannot afford to get a pool, you would know straight away before breaking ground. You can plan towards getting a pool in the future as well.

Weather Conditions

It is essential to get information about the sun’s movement all year round to plan for the perfect pool position.  The type and location of your pool will also be dependent on the space available and windy locations will pose issues which will require windbreaks.

You have to consider the weather conditions of the plan and factor it in when you are building your pool.

To Wrap it Up

As previously stated, designing and installing a pool is a huge investment that requires proper research and consideration.

You have to consider the factors highlighted above before you break ground to ensure that you are making the right decision.