Are you interested in having a pool built on your property? Many homeowners are becoming interested in the possibility of a ‘natural pool’ due its better environment sustainability, and lack of need for chemicals. When looking into the prospect of having your natural pool designed, here are eight great tips that can help to make the process easier for you.
- Understand what is meant by the term ‘natural pool’
When you come to design your natural pool, you need to first understand that the term itself is often misunderstood – or rather it can have multiple meanings. To some a natural pool is simply a swimming pool with a more ‘wild’ appearance, for other it means a pool that is entirely free from chemicals.
Make sure that you and anyone that you are designing with agree on what you mean by the term so that you can avoid any costly misunderstandings or complications.
- Be realistic about its use
One of the most common issues for homeowners who design natural pools is that they are not realistic about how the pool will be used. Remember that a natural pool is a very different experience from a traditional – they’ll freeze over in the winter, just like any natural body of water would.
So, design your natural with the facts in mind. Be aware that you will require a significant amount of land to build a smaller pool and that if space is a factor, you may need to consider looking into other options.
- Plan properly
Some homeowners don’t really understand what it takes to have a natural pool in their garden. For example, as well as the swimming area you need to have a so-called regeneration zone, which is where the water is naturally cleaned, avoiding the need for chemicals to be used in your swimming pool.
The regeneration zone typically always needs to be around the same size as the swimming area in order to keep the pool clean, so you need to have this amount of space free. This can be a little flexible, but it is certainly something you need to prepare for.
- Keep the design as simple as possible
It is can be tempting to over complicate any pool that you are designing, but this is especially important with a natural pool to keep things simple. The best aesthetic for a natural pool is one that blends in with the local surroundings. A range of water features and lights can be easily added, but the design will look more elegant without them.
Not to mention the fact that keeping your pool relatively simple will also help to reduce the cost of installation.
- A box shape is best
The fact is that box-shaped pools are simpler to manufacturer and cheaper to build, so when you choose a box-shaped pool you are opening yourself up to a more cost-effective options for your natural swimming pool
- One-piece pools can be a very helpful option
Many homeowners assume that building a natural pool means creating a bespoke design in a traditional way. However, it is becoming far more popular for pools to be pre-fabricated and delivered to your property as one large piece.
This can be an extremely useful way to manage the installation of your pool and can actually reduce the costs of your natural pool enormously. It’s a great idea to speak to a swimming pool manufacturer about the different possibilities available to you.
- Choose a flat bottom pool
One feature of your pool that is definitely a good idea is a swimming area with a flat bottom. Having a pool with a flat bottom simplifies the dig enormously, so it can make the process of installation much easier than it would have been.
- Don’t make your pool too deep
Swimming pools typically require a certain about of depth for stability, but natural pools can theoretically be as shallow or as deep as you need. However, it is generally wise to choose a design that is 1.8m deep or less, as any deeper and the pool will need a significant amount of reinforcement.