Tips for Designing Your Dream Pool

Designing your own custom pool is the beginning of an exciting process. There are lots of decisions to be made when you’re creating the pool of your dreams. Whether you’ve had a vision board saved for years or have no clue what to look into, we’re here to walk you through it with some tips and advice for designing your dream pool.

Determine Your Purpose

A pool is a pool, right? Many of us envision a beautiful backyard oasis to jump into but there’s also considerations beyond that when deciding what goes into your own backyard build. Think about what the primary purpose of your pool is. Some people are looking for a place to relax or a place to exercise while others are wanting a space that accommodates their whole family.

Pools can be used for a variety of purposes. The first step in the design process is to nail down what you’re wanting to utilize yours for. This can help determine the shape, size, and features of the pool as well as the overall look and make decisions down the line much easier to make.

Think About Features

The options for features are endless when it comes to custom dream pools. Many people will look into water features, lights, specific landscaping, decks, or other add-ons that will enhance their pool experience.

When deciding on features, try to align them with your pool’s purpose so you end up with something that fits what you’re looking for. It is fun to look through all the options and get carried away by all the possibilities but try to stick with your vision. For example, it wouldn’t make much sense to have water slides and splash fountains when you’re trying to create a relaxing space. Gentle waterfalls and lounge areas on the other hand make much more sense.

Factor in Costs

Costs can add up when it comes to designing and building a pool. You’ll need to factor in the costs of materials and labor. Your pool contractor should be able to give you a relatively accurate quote for the final pricing. Keep these numbers in mind as you’re sorting through features and ideas and stay within your budget. At Hilltop Pools and Spas, we offer onsite consultations so that the quotes we offer are as accurate as possible.

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We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

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