So you want a pool in your yard, your own private place to kick back, relax, and get a little exercise.  But before you start investing money, here are some things you should discuss with your contractor.

How Big?
This depends on both the space available for the pool and how you want to use it.  If you want a good workout, you need a big rectangular pool with straight sides.  Most residential pools, however, are free-form to fit the space available.  Or perhaps you’d prefer a smaller dipping pool where the kids can play safely, and you can relax in the cool water.

Where To Put It?
This again depends on the space available in your yard and how much of that yard you want to give up.  Do you want your yard to be all pool with some pavers around the edge?  Or do you want the landscaping to make it make the whole environment more attractive?

How Much Will It Cost?
For most homeowners, this is the big question, and there are a lot of considerations that go into answering it.  Begin with size and location.  Then consider possible extras like solar or gas heating, decorative add-ons like color and tile, or maybe a mechanical pool cover – even a pergola for shade and patio furniture.  Think about the possible tradeoffs.  What would you give up to get something you want more and still say on a budget?

Itemize
Your contractor will handle permits, materials, and other project costs.  Just be sure you get an itemized list of those costs.  Some of them may be tax-deductible.

It’s An Investment