You’ve made the exciting decision to install an inground swimming pool. Here are a few tips for designing your pool that will ensure you can enjoy it for many years to come.

1. Determine the purpose of your pool.
For what will you primarily use your inground swimming pool? Will family members, neighbors, business associates or clients get the most enjoyment out of it? What are their ages? If they’re children, elderly or people with disabilities, you might consider installing a ramp for accessibility.

2. Look to the future.
You can start with a basic design, but the time may come when you want to upgrade. If your family is very young, you might want to add a play area in the future.
Depending on the climate in your area, you may someday choose to lengthen the season for outdoor enjoyment by adding a heater or a fireplace to provide warmth.

3. Design for convenience.
Don’t forget to consider the practicality of your pool’s design. Design for convenience, including the accessibility from your house and where you’ll store pool equipment, accessories and toys. Also consider where to conveniently locate a changing area or a snack bar.

4. Consider municipal codes and restrictions.
Neglecting your local municipality’s building codes can prove costly. You don’t want to install your pool and accompanying features and later find out you’ve violated a local ordinance.

5. Determine your budget.
How much do you wish to spend on your project? If you choose an experienced pool installer, they will be able to help design your pool and select materials that keep you within your budget.

6. Sketch a layout of your yard.
You don’t need to be an accomplished artist to draw a rough sketch of your yard that you can share with your pool designer to help you create a plan that stays within your budget.

7. Allow for privacy.
Most people want to install their inground swimming pool in a private location. Such structures as walls, fences and trellises can attractively provide privacy. Landscaping techniques such as shrubbery and hedges are also excellent choices.

8. What material will you use for your pool?
Deciding what material you want for your pool is one of your most important considerations in the design process. Do you prefer a long-lasting concrete, a molded fiberglass or a more affordable vinyl pool?

9. What materials do you want for your deck and other features?
Whether you want to complement or create a contrast with your home’s construction, you have a wide range of materials from which to construct your deck and walkways, such as paving stone, brick, cedar or concrete. This variety allows you to customize your own personal haven, whether it be an oriental or country garden or a fancy retreat.

10. Provide ambience with special effects and lighting.
Complement your pool with special features such as waterfalls or fountains. Whether you prefer a dramatic or a tranquil environment, you can create your desired ambience with LED lighting.