Part 2 of 2:
Being open to modifying your choices when meeting with pool designers
While it’s wise to view pool photos (see part 1 of this article) and collect examples of your preferences ahead of time, it’s also helpful to remain flexible about your final choices.
That’s because in the beginning, what you believe you want…in the end, may not be after you consider what’s best for your pool, backyard, family, or budget.
Here are some examples of why you want to be flexible with your dream list.
You enjoy the look of natural flagstone coping for your pool’s perimeter.
When you meet with your designer, he explains that while flagstone is attractive, you may want to consider safety-grip coping instead because it’s better suited for your small children.
You are considering a winding, free-form shape with an attached spa positioned outside the pool perimeter.
After assessing your home’s plot plan and local code requirements, your designer explains how your yard limits the usable area for a pool—there is not enough room for your original concept. The yard dictates a more space-efficient, straight-edge shape with a spa enclosed within the pool interior.
It is also important to remember that some of the options and materials that you see in pool photos may not be appropriate and/or well-priced for your climate or area of the country.
For example, you may fancy the clean, modern look of a poured cantilever deck. However, your designer informs you that this construction approach is not advisable in areas with expansive soil conditions, and he suggests other materials.
Let’s say you are thinking of an infinity pool (“vanishing edge”). However, your designer explains how your small, flat, fenced-in backyard will significantly limit the aesthetic appeal of this pricey feature.
Instead, he recommends another attractive option: an elevated wall with sleek cascade water features—which costs much less than an infinity pool would.
Or, perhaps a natural stone grotto with a swim-up bar is on your dream list. When your designer explains it will add thousands to your price tag, you may reconsider, and opt for a custom rock waterfall and accent boulders that create a similar, dramatic tropical look—but without adding quite as much to your budget.
Examples like these help illustrate why a pragmatic approach works best when developing your wish list / photo collection.
Hone in on your preferences in advance, but understand that after you have more information, ultimately, some will not fit your outdoor space and individual needs.
Keep an open mind, and carefully consider recommendations from your pool designer. Remember, a good designer will be able to provide great alternative options for a beautiful backyard resort!