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Before embarking on building a swimming pool at home, there are many factors to think about. From cost and safety to pool layout and design, building a pool is a big task to take on. Here we break down the key things to consider when building a pool at home.


One of the biggest questions to ask yourself before building a pool is what is the maximum amount of money you want to spend. Having a budget in mind will help you when making different choices about your pool and its construction. If you have a figure already decided, you can talk to contractors and find someone to suit your ideal budget. When thinking about how much you’re going to spend, remember that pools are a long-term investment which could increase the value of your property significantly in the future.

Type of pool

You’ll need to consider what type of pool you want. The most common type of pool is inground which involves digging out a designated area. These inground pools are divided into three different types:

Vinyl – known for its low upfront cost, quick and easy installation, smooth surface and flexible design options. However, vinyl is also fragile and requires regular replacement and long-term maintenance.

Fibreglass – a relatively cost-effective material with quick installation and low maintenance. However, more expensive than vinyl and limited design options

Gunite – the most expensive option with the longest installation time but highly durable and fully customisable.

Building Regulations and Planning Permission

In the UK, building an outdoor pool does not generally require planning permission or need to comply with specific building regulations. However, it is always worth checking with your local authorities first just to be on the safe side. If you live in a protected area or in a listed building, you may not be able to build a pool.


A key thing to consider is the long-term maintenance of a pool and keeping it clean. If you neglect to clean your pool properly, it could give rise to infections and accidents, as well as making your garden look unkempt. Pools require weekly cleaning as well as regular filter cleaning and seasonal maintenance. Pool maintenance is a crucial part of having a pool so before building make sure you are prepared to commit to this.


Enjoying your pool safely is extremely important, especially if you have kids. When building your swimming pool, make sure to factor in safety equipment – from gates to pool covers – to reduce any safety risks.

Pool Design and Layout

Your pool design and layout will depend on the size and shape of your garden, how you plan for it to be used, how many people will be using it, and how often it will be used.

First, you’ll need to consider the pool size and shape as well as the location. For example, do you want to be able to see the pool from the house for maximum safety? Do you want to build the pool away from the neighbour’s view for maximum privacy?

Then you can think about the style and design that you’d like. From tiles and lighting to custom features, there’s so much you can do to design your dream pool.

Think about the surrounding area of your pool too. The pool landscape is as important as the pool. You want the area as a whole to be beautiful and blend seamlessly together.

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