Build Your Pool On a Budget

shutterstock_54523804You are not alone if you are living on a strict budget. You may be wondering if having a custom swimming pool built would be feasible for your family budget. Not every Dallas pool company will tell you this, but there are plenty of ways to save money when building a custom pool, and we’re happy to let you in on all of the money-saving secrets.

While it’s true that having your very own personal swimming pool is hardly a necessity – there’s no reason to think that you can’t have one just because you’re living on a budget. If having a pool in your back yard has been a dream of yours, you can make it into reality when you are working with the right pool builder. Dallas homeowners know that having a swimming pool is essential to staying cool in the long, hot Texas summers.

Before you start planning your pool, ask yourself some important questions, like:

  • Why do you want a swimming pool?
  • Will you actually swim/entertain friends in or near the pool?
  • Is a swimming pool simply a status symbol to you?
  • How often are you likely to use the pool?
  • Do you have enough money and time to maintain a swimming pool?

As long as you feel that you really and truly want a swimming pool because you truly love being in and around water, and you feel that you’ll get good use out of it, go for it!

In order to afford to build a custom swimming pool on a budget, there are many things you can do to lower the overall costs, including:

  • Choose a smaller pool size. The larger the pool, the larger everything else must be that goes along with your pool (think liner, water pipes, more chemicals, bigger pool filter, etc). Depending on your primary intended use, you can either select a small square or rectangular pool or a thin, long lap pool. Deeper pools are more expensive, too, so consider a shallow water pool.
  • Go for a small patio. While it may be very tempting to have a grand, luxurious patio and deck around your new pool, save money by having a minimal concrete patio poured for now and add on a bigger patio area later when you’ve had a chance to save up more money.
  • DIY wherever you can. Naturally, our Dallas pool company will do all of the prep work to make sure the ground is up to code, and we’ll do the pool and concrete install. Things you can do on your own to lower your costs include: fencing, landscaping, removing dirt, and adding patio pavers.
  • Forego the heater. Having a heated pool is a luxury, but definitely not a necessity. After all, you’re going to want to cool off in your brand new pool, so cool water will be welcomed! If you decide you’d like to have a heater added in order to lengthen your swimming season, do so at a later date.

It may not have all of the bells and whistles, but at the end of it, you’ll have a beautiful pool in your back yard. Most importantly, you won’t have gone outside of your comfort zone financially, and you’ll be able to add amenities on to your pool as time goes by!



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