One of the big-picture decisions you will make when building a custom pool is where in your backyard it will be. Swimming pool placement has a large impact on the overall “flow” of your exterior design and also affects how easy it is to access different parts of your yard. To decide where to place your new pool, there are several factors you should consider.
The size of your yard and of your pool have a major influence on your options for placement since they determine how much space is available. The smaller your yard, the more limitations there will be for where your pool can go. The same is true as you increase pool size, as you will need to find an area that can accommodate the pool. Keep in mind that when thinking about the size your pool, you should also factor in the deck and other surrounding features.
There are local zoning requirements that may affect your swimming pool placement. For example, you may need to maintain a certain distance from the property line. Our team is knowledgeable about these regulations and will obtain the necessary permits and approval for your pool construction. In addition to zoning, there may be other practical limits to where you can build. Two examples of this are if you have buried utility lines or if there is a sloped area.
Assuming you have enough space to be flexible in your placement, one of the things to consider is whether you want your pool close to your house or if you want to put some distance between them. In most cases, keeping the pool near your house is going to be a better option. This is especially important if there are young children who will frequently use the pool, in which case it’s recommended to keep the pool where it is visible from the inside. Your pool doesn’t necessarily have to be right next to your patio door, but it should be relatively accessible. However, if you want to create a separate oasis, a little bit of space can be beneficial for visual separation.
Making sure your pool gets some sun is helpful in extending the swimming season and will keep the pool water warm longer. That being said, Arizona already has high temperatures and chlorine breaks down in the sunlight, so too much direct sun can affect your water chemistry. If you have some flexibility in where your pool can go, you may want to pick a spot with partial sun. Having some areas with sun and some with shade gives you the ability to enjoy your pool in various types of weather.
It’s tough to make a decision about where to place your pool without being able to see how the final build will look. At Pools by Design, we use state-of-the-art 3D design software that shows you how the pool will look in your backyard. In addition to this, one of the steps in our construction process is to actually spray paint the outline of the pool in your yard. At this point, you will be able to make any final adjustments before we start building.