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Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Pool

Summer days are simply better with a swimming in pools. But before you toe-dip, swan dive, or cannonball into the deep end, you'll need to do a little planning. To prep you and your backyard for the best pool imaginable, we tapped three experts to share all the nitty-gritty details from


step 1 (choosing a liner!) to opening day (pool floats).

“Whether your pool is 10' x 10' or 25' x 100', the ingredients to building a pool are really the same," says interior design Jenn Feldman. Some of the things they say you do need to consider before going all in are size, depth, position and location in your yard, and how much sun exposure it gets—not to mention whether or not a pool is a good investment for your property, and if "you can fit a Bobcat back in the yard for things like digging, pouring, and tiling."

Process: What Goes Into Getting a Pool

Ahead, discover all the non-negotiable steps you'll need to take to install a pool. From start to finish, the process can take up to six months—so plan accordingly.

1) Assemble a team.

You can't install a pool on your own, so a team who can help you get the job done well is essential. Marmol Radziner, founder of the eponymous Los Angeles-based design-build firm, says, "You can either hire a pool contractor that can do the design and construction, or you can hire an architect that can help design and permit the pool and then hire a pool contractor to build the pool."

2) Ask yourself what you'll use the pool for.

Is it for laps and exercise? Entertaining the kids and family? Increasing resale value? Just aesthetics? All of these things will dictate your pool design, so consider them before you first meet with your team.

3) Make sure you look over regional codes and restrictions.

For example, in California, "You have to have your pool minimum 5 feet from your property lines," says Feldman, while in other states (or even specific counties) the distance is further. So there are a lot of things to really check before you set the pool's location; and this is especially true for historic or flipped homes. It'll all effect the final design: "A handful of inches or a foot makes a big difference."

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