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Escape Winter with a Summer Oasis

  Jan 14, 2021 / by Will Cappiello

Woman looking at Latham Pool Backyard Oasis

The cold weather and constant snow have given many of us the winter blues. However, spring is just around the corner and nothing helps take your mind off the cold like thinking of warm days in the sun. Why not shake those winter blues now by talking to a qualified pool professional about building your perfect summer oasis?

An in-ground pool is a great addition to your home, especially if you have yard space which you feel is underutilized. A few of the things to consider when you are thinking about getting a pool include:

  • Amount of time you will spend around the pool
  • The budget for the pool
  • Size and shape of the pool you want

Using the Pool

A swimming pool that is only used a couple of times a year may not be worth it for most families. If you have children though, you can rest assured that the pool will see plenty of use when it is warm outside. The more you use the pool, the more entertainment value you are getting for your money. Your kids will love it, you can use it to cool off, or to exercise, and it will last for years. In addition, if you decide to sell your house, most buyers see an in-ground pool as a positive thing, especially in hot areas of the country. You may find your house is easier to sell with a pool included, and you will likely recoup most of the pool's price once the home sells.

Budgeting Issues

Figuring out exactly how much money you want to spend on an in-ground swimming pool can be tough. A lot of it depends on the size and depth of the pool, as well as how easy it is to excavate the area where it will be placed. Generally, it is a good idea to have a maximum figure in mind before you start shopping. Thinking about how much you can afford to spend on a pool now can make the process a lot easier for you when you actually place your order.  You should also take into consideration long term costs that go into maintenance and upkeep.

Size and Type of Pool

The size of your pool depends a lot on what your plans are for using it. If you plan on hosting guests often, a larger, deeper pool may be best for you. For mainly personal use, you can probably get away with a relatively smaller pool without a significant deep end. 

Figuring out what type of pool to install revolves around your budget, available space, and how you plan to use it. An in-ground fiberglass pool would be perfect for giving your backyard a strong focal point. Giving it the right pool cover, such as an automatic cover from Coverstar, can integrate it seamlessly into the landscaping when it is not in use. For smaller budgets, a steel pool can give you most of the benefits of a custom-built fiberglass system, but at a lower cost because of the modular parts.

The time to start thinking about getting a pool is now. By putting your order in early in the season, you can make sure your pool will be installed before the hottest part of the year. It doesn't take much to go from imagining yourself laying poolside, to being able to take a dip whenever you want.


Topics: Backyard Renovation

Will Cappiello

Written by Will Cappiello

Will Cappiello is the Product Director at Latham Pool Products. He loves working for Latham, the Largest Swimming Pool Manufacturer in North America.