Adding a backyard pool to your home is one of the best investments you can make for the real estate value of your property. Research suggests an in ground pools add up to 8% of value in many cases. The luxury, convenience, and value of a classic swimming pool doesn’t have to stop there though. There are numerous ways professional pool installers, and even you yourself can improve and customize your pool. Here are three ways to customize your pool to ensure you have a unique and appealing setup to entertain guests, or relax in solitude.
1.) Size, Shape and Design: This one is something you’ll probably want to leave to the swimming pool builder, then again in some cases families have been known to dig out their backyards at the size and depth they want and install a pool themselves. Just because the in ground pools come in general standard size and designs doesn’t mean you have to go that route. A great way to customize your pool is to have it made in an uncommon design, like a heart or circle. If you want to be more subtle you can even have the deep end dug a couple feet deeper than the standard eight to 10 feet depth.
2.) Surrounding Landscaping: If you already have a pool installed and are just looking for ways to spruce it up, try thinking about the landscape that surrounds your pool area. Adding bushes, mulch, or flowers can really set the water apart from the rest of the yard. It’s important to keep in mind the potential maintenance involved with some things, like trees for example. A pool that’s not maintained properly can cut its lifespan in half. Trees or plants that shed excessively can make for increased daily upkeep.
3.) Toys and Accessories: Probably the easiest and most common way to customize your pool area is to add new toys, goggles, diving board, or even water slides. Swimming is already the third most popular activity in the United States. Throw in some of these things and you’ll have the most popular spot on the block among neighborhood children, family, and friends alike.
Today, there are approximately 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. Customize your pool with some of these ideas and set it apart from the millions of others.