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Pool design ideas, inspiration & pictures

An ideal way to cool yourself on a  hot summer day would be a cool dip in your pool. Many of us love swimming insanely, but the long travel to the public pools or the crowded situation in the public pools always makes us annoyed and lose the passion. Adding a petite pool to your small backyard need not be a challenging and complex affair, but the result will often leave you amazed, as you will discover a brand new hangout just a few steps away from your living room! Also, a pool in your Backyard can be the perfect place to set out a table, chairs and even a BBQ pit for any pool party events. At Homify you can find innovative and exotic swimming pool ideas that can make your small backyard receive a luxurious and attractive look.

How much does building a swimming pool cost?

There are mainly two types of swimming pools—the above and the in-ground varieties. Building a swimming pool in India costs around Rs.1.75 lakhs to 3 lakhs approximately depending on what material you use and also the size of your pool. Generally, it is advisable to pay a professional to tackle the project while some manufacturers insist that an experienced homeowner could feasibly build the pool on their own.

 Additionally, the DIY pools will usually come with a two or three-year warranty which translates to a huge amount of financial commitment for a very short-term feature. In addition to that, the pool Accessories like the pumps,  ladders, and filters and cleaning materials like brushes, vacuum assemblies, covers, and chemicals will add on to the cost. Many will also need thermometers and even heaters. These costs start at roughly Rs.25000/-, and can easily reach well into the thousands.  

 Which material is the best?

There are many types of an in-ground manufactured swimming pool on the market today such as concrete, fibreglass and vinyl and the most common type is the concrete one which represents 60% of pools being built today. Concrete pools offer limitless options for shape and configuration features. The excavation site is mostly reinforced with steel and provides a sturdy support for pools of any shape or size. Fibreglass pools are manufactured in a factory and constitute 7% of the market and are limited in the variety of shapes available. Vinyl-lined pools are normally in a kit with construction completing at the site and represent 33% of the pool market.  When selecting materials for your pool, you should mainly consider safety, durability, comfort and appearance. You will need to choose materials for the pool deck, the copying, the interior of the pool and of course the waterline. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the materials will be in contact with water that contains chlorine, acid and possibly salt. They will also be in contact with bare feet and swimming suits. It will be easiest to pick materials if you decide what overall look you are trying to achieve first. The best option would be to select paving that will be comfortable on bare feet. A dark surface can be a mistake because it absorbs heat. Tiles are considered as the jewellery for your pool. They are your chance to accessorise in a way that will provide a wow factor. At Homify you can find professionals like landscape designer or pool contractor who will be able to help you select the right combination of materials for your pool. They will show you samples of materials that complement each other and create the look and mood that you desire. Visit Homify to find fantastic pool design ideas.

How much time does it need to be finished? 

Swimming pool installation is kind of a lengthy process, for sure, but it can be broken down into a few general steps to get an idea of how long will it take to make your first dip. Starting with design, and excavation, and then the plastering, and finally relaxing on your tanning shelf with your feet in the cool water. Design: This may take up to 1 to 8 weeks since it is the most difficult stage to estimate time for whereas the design process is as simple as ever thanks to our use of 3D modelling. Excavation: This process is easy and may take maximum 1 week. Once we have the designs ready, we can schedule the excavation.  This is typically a very quick process, but few things do affect the timing such as ease of access, the need to work around utility lines, and more.  Often times, this process will get done in a day or two. Plumbing, Electrical, steel: up to 1 to 2 weeks. After the pool is dug, the steel is laid, the electrical and plumbing are routed. This process is fairly quick and can be completed within 2 weeks depending on the size and complexity of your swimming pool design. Gunite, Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass – 1-3 weeks. If you are planning to install a vinyl or fibreglass pool, then the process is fairly easy as the manufactured pool liner is brought in and installed.  If you are planning to get a gunite swimming pool, however, this takes a little bit longer.  We have to schedule the gunite crew and then plaster and allow time for the gunite to cure which can take up to a week. Well, it hardly takes 6-8 weeks in order to complete the construction of the pool. Seasonal conditions such as the time of the year and the temperature may also affect the installation of pools.  The time will also vary depending on the location of where the pool is installed, as well as the number of inspections required by the township.  The nature and complexity of the project may also lengthen the time.

How to maintain a swimming pool.

Whether you maintain your pool all by yourself or use a pool professional to do it for you,  maintaining proper pool chemistry can help you save time and money while enjoying your backyard paradise. Proper pool maintenance can extend the life of your pool’s external parts and interior pool finish. The factors that you need to consider are

Opening and closing of the pool: When spring is finally here and the temperatures begin to climb, it’s now the time to think about getting the pool area ready for the warm weather. Opening a pool is now easier than ever and with a few simple steps like cleaning up the plant debris, removing the pool cover, checking the pool supplies and inspecting the pool, you can be ready to enjoy your pool in no time! As cold weather approaches, you will need to start thinking about closing the swimming pool. The main purpose in winterizing your pool is to protect it from damage due to freezing water. Another reason to close the pool correctly is to keep it as clean as possible for the next season. Closing your swimming pool properly can save a lot of work when it comes time to open the swimming pool for the summer.

Vacuuming a pool: Vacuuming a pool regularly is one of the most important activity in order to maintain the pool. Most pool owners opt to perform this task manually with basic cleaning equipment. Whereas some choose an automatic swimming pool cleaner. 

Other activities like tile maintenance, cleaning the pump basket, checking equipment pad, cleaning the deck, filter maintenance, replacing cracked skimmer lids etc are very important for safety and maintenance. 

All you need is a hint of ingenuity, smart planning and just enough space to squeeze in a small pool. From health and fitness to rest and recreation, you will soon find that this tiny wonder will change your entire life.