SO the kids are nagging, the folks don't like the beach any more, it would be good for exercise and bringing people together too. It is a pool we are talking about!
But what goes into designing a pool or spa for the back garden. Firstly is the space in the yard: if you have a tight corner a spa or swim spa maybe the way to go. It is better to put a larger spa in the garden so you can enjoy it with others rather than having a spa bath in en suite just for two that takes a lot of precious water to fill each time you feel like its form of relaxation. Also they are not kind to moisture content in the home and have been known to lead to horrid mold problems.
Safety first is paramount. Making sure the pool can be seen from inside the living rooms and/or kitchen is vital for everyone's peace of mind. Having secure fencing and gates that are above regulation standards is a good idea. How soon can little kiddies open gates: who has seen a child pull over a chair to get into a bickie barrel? That might be funny but it is not if they are looking at the pool fencing.
Having a clear wide area of paving all around the pool is important and an area but preferably two, for chairs for constant adult supervision. Then there are other practical considerations. storage of chairs, cushions, umbrellas, play items: lilos, noodles, floaties etc. where they can air and dry ready for next time.
If you are planning a new home and hope to install a pool design for an easy and direct access to a bathroom. A place for wet bathers, towels and other items is necessary too.
There is I believe another consideration that is very important: Swimming and playing about in the water always works up an appetite so a fridge full of drinks and pantry full of healthy snacks is vital too. This is where a walk in pantry will be useful: if the neighbourhood kids all descend it is great to be able to give them enough energy to walk home!
Happy exercising and playing.
Margot Kirke is a qualified architectural drafts person with a passion for practical living, making the best use of space and use of natural light and warmth.