Was there something missing from your summertime outdoor living experience this year? Do you find yourself entertaining house guests at your outdoor space and envisioning a swimming pool area with poolside decking, a fire pit and lounge chairs for guests to enjoy? After returning from vacation, did you wonder why you couldn’t have a personal beach house with an infinity-edge pool and a hot tub to go along with it?
Maybe it’s time you begin planning your design.
By starting a modern style swimming pool plan now, you can be prepared with a budget and financing, necessary permits and approvals, and a final design so the construction process can begin when the weather allows in spring.
You’ll maximize the swimming and outdoor entertainment season—plus, add a splash of inspiration to winter as you engage in the design process with a professional. Ready to get started? Here are the steps you can take during the off-season so you won’t be left wanting when the summer season arrives.
Set a Budget for a Modern Design
Fall is the perfect time to plan for home renovation and landscape enhancements because required permits can take time to obtain. You’re going to want to set a budget first. If a modern swimming pool is in the picture, talk to an experienced design and remodel company about the cost and general fees so you can get a feel for the finances involved. No two projects are alike, so find out how extras like inground pool lighting, spas, and grottos can impact the overall cost.
A completely accurate estimate will not be possible until the overall design is complete, but you can get an idea of what the base cost might be and then add pool features as your budget allows.
>>Tip: Begin the planning process in the fall so you can set aside the funds you’ll need or secure financing to get the new pool space you really want. Also, now is a great time to ask specific questions—and to find out about payment plans.
Select a Pro to Craft Modern Swimming Pool Designs
Interview professional contractors and ask about certifications. You should select a design and build specialist that will connect you with an APSP Certified Building Professional. Certification is a sign of integrity, and also it shows that the professional is committed to education and training.
Ask to see completed projects, and request referrals.
>>Tip: Look for professional pool installers that can handle everything from acquiring permits and arranging inspections to sourcing building materials.
A single-source provider will prevent you from acting as the general contractor. Coordinating different trades and making phone calls for inspections and permits is time-consuming. A professional designer and installer can walk you through the process from start to finish.
Focus on Pool Water Features
Now that you have a budget and a professional contractor company on board, consider how you will use the swimming spot—and who will use it. Will you host parties with children and families?
Is the swimming spot for adults only? Do you plan to swim a lot, or does lounging with your feet in the water sound more appealing?
There is a wide range of fun features you can add to customize the experience. Those include waterfalls, grottos, infinity edges, slides and so on.
>>Tip: Spend time thinking about how you will use the swimming area so you can budget for the extras you’ll really use.
Finalizing the Infinity Pool Landscape Design
A landscape designer will incorporate your infinity pool design ideas into a plan that you’ll review. The design process involves discovery—learning exactly what you hope for in an infinity pool—and technical details, such as consulting with engineers. The final design will take into consideration your property’s topography and local regulations, too.
There is a lot of detail that goes into the whole design plan, aside from the “fun part” of including features that you desire like a grotto, waterfall, slide or diving board.
>>Tip: By doing the creative process in winter, you can spend the cold months working through a detailed plan and get the permits in order so the designer can hand off blueprints to a construction team once the weather breaks. Learn more by downloading our free Swimming Pool Design Guide.
Warm Up Your Winter by Planning Ahead of Time
A thought-out process takes time. If you start now by budgeting and vetting professionals, you can partner with an experienced contractor company that can prepare the layout of modern pool design with a fancy pool house that will be ready to implement in spring.
Neave Group coordinates professionals including laborers, engineers, designers, and pool builders. You’ll work with an account manager who acts as your consultant and guides you through the process seamlessly. Give us a call for more information—we’d love to talk to you about the possibilities for your New England property.