Building a Pool: Four Considerations Before Construction

Building a Pool: Four Considerations Before Construction

Depending on the scope of the project, it takes between 8 and 12 weeks to construct a family pool. Plus, it requires a significant amount of investment — homeowners in the Tampa Bay area usually prepare $40,000 to $60,000 for the project.

Because you’re pouring in a lot of time and money into your family pool, every decision should be made with great care, from the design of the pool to the landscaping that surrounds it. Our team urges you to go through the pool design considerations below, so you can get a pool that you’ll enjoy using for several years.

Why Do You Want a Pool?

The first consideration to building a pool is the reason you want to have it built. Our team will do our best not to disrupt your home life, but a project as big as a family pool will require a few adjustments to your daily routine for several weeks. Moreover, the purpose of the pool will influence its design and materials.

  • For Recreation. Recreational pools can have fun additions like slides and posts for water nets. If you have kids, we can incorporate learn-to-swim steps. Your pool could also have shallow and deep ends.
  • For Fitness and Health. If the primary purpose of your pool is exercise, consider getting a lap pool — a rectangular pool specifically designed for swimming laps.
  • For Entertaining and Outdoor Living. If the main purpose of your swimming pool is to elevate the look of your outdoor space and entertain guests, then we’ll focus on sophisticated and architectural pool designs.

If you want a pool for a combination of these reasons, our team will work closely with you to determine the right design and features.

Zoning Requirements

Zoning regulations are strictly implemented in the Tampa Bay area, but you don’t have to go through them on your own. We strongly encourage you to book a consultation with our team, so we can inspect your property and walk you through the relevant zoning laws.

man maintaining a pool


Residential pools come with the responsibility of upkeep. Plus, pool maintenance makes or breaks the value of your home, should you decide to sell it. A clean pool in good condition will increase the property price, while a poorly kept one will drag it down.

Our team can’t provide a blanket estimate for maintenance because a lot of factors influence the cost. For instance:

  • Concrete pools are usually the most expensive to maintain because their porous surface requires more chemical care.
  • Maintenance of indoor pools is, on average, more affordable than that of outdoor pools because they accumulate less debris.
  • Above-ground pools are usually smaller than their in-ground counterparts, which is why maintenance seems more affordable.
  • The bigger the pool, the more water it needs and the more energy it consumes.

We’ll explain the maintenance of your desired family pool during consultation.

Pool Design

Personal preference aside, your property affects your pool placement and design ideas.

If you have a relatively larger backyard, you have more choices for pool design. We advise you to select an area that’s far from trees, so that the pool will catch less debris. Plus, the sunshine helps warm up the pool.

Homeowners with a smaller backyard may have to choose between water space or decking space.

  • A free-form pool (irregularly shaped or curved pools) doesn’t maximize water space, but it leaves lots of space for decking.
  • A rectangular pool gives you more water space, but it limits decking space.

Your pool is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so it needs a lot of planning and decision-making. Once you’ve gone through these considerations and made final decisions, give our team a call so we can plan your pool.

But if you think you need professional advice for your pool, don’t hesitate to talk to our team. H.E. Feldman & Son has years of experience building pools for families in the Tampa Bay area.

Contact us today.

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