May 15, 2024
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Planning & Design

Buying a Home Without a Pool? Here’s How to Know If You Can Add One

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Rhiannon Royall
Buying a house without a pool - here's what you need to consider if you want to install a new pool

You’ve just found the perfect house—it checks all your boxes, but there’s just one catch: it doesn’t have a swimming pool. Before you envision summer days floating in your own backyard oasis, there are a few crucial considerations to tackle. Can you actually fit a pool on the property? What about the hidden obstacles beneath or around your new home? From understanding spatial constraints to uncovering subterranean services, and managing access for heavy machinery, this article will guide you through the essential steps to determine whether your dream pool can become a reality.

At Poolz, we’re here to ensure that you not only fall in love with your new home but also with the potential of transforming its outdoor space into a perfect poolside haven. Let’s dive into what you need to consider to lay the groundwork for your future aquatic retreat.

Assessing Space for A Pool: Key Considerations

When planning to add a swimming pool to your new home, the primary concern is whether you have ample space. Before dreaming about summer days in your private oasis, it’s essential to consider the dimensions of the pool along with necessary additions such as landscaping, pool decking, and safety barriers. A common rule of thumb is to maintain a distance from the house equivalent to the pool’s depth to avoid structural issues, as residential foundations typically aren’t reinforced to accommodate the close proximity of a pool. Similarly, retaining walls need a buffer zone to ensure their integrity and effectiveness.

Moreover, local council regulations can dictate how close a pool can be to property boundaries. These regulations vary significantly across different areas, so it’s crucial to check with the local council for specific guidelines. This step ensures that the pool placement complies with all local safety and zoning laws, preventing costly adjustments or fines later on.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have this much space for a new swimming pool!

Investigating Underground Services: What Lies Beneath

While the surface may offer ample space for a pool, the real question lies beneath the soil. Hidden from view are various essential service lines that could complicate construction. From water pipes servicing the home to more critical mains services owned by the council, each has its own set of challenges and legal restrictions.

Before moving forward, it is prudent to conduct a thorough investigation of what underground utilities exist on the property. You can obtain a free “Dial Before You Dig” report from BYDA, which provides detailed information about the location of underground mains services. This step is crucial to ensure that the pool construction does not disrupt essential services or contravene local regulations. Additionally, having access to the house and site plans can offer invaluable insights into where it’s safe to dig and help in planning the layout of the pool to avoid any potential underground obstructions.

Always dial before you dig!

Planning for Pool Fencing: Ensuring Safety and Compliance

In Australia, stringent safety regulations mandate that all swimming pools must be enclosed by a compliant pool-safe barrier, commonly referred to as a pool fence. When considering the addition of a pool to a new home, it’s crucial to plan where this fence will be positioned. The placement of the pool fence is not just a matter of safety but also of legal compliance. If you’re uncertain about how to integrate a pool fence into the landscape or whether the desired location for the pool meets local safety requirements, it’s advisable to consult with a local pool fence inspector. Such a professional can assess the property and confirm whether your envisioned pool placement can be safely and legally realised, ensuring peace of mind before you proceed with installation.

Navigating Access for A Pool Installation

When installing a new pool, access for earthworks is a critical factor to consider. The process of digging and soil removal, or even just preparing the site, requires heavy machinery that needs to reach your backyard without obstruction.

Good access is often equated to the ease with which a car can drive up to the intended pool site. If this is possible, you’re likely to face lower costs due to the straightforward nature of getting equipment in and out. However, if access is restricted - perhaps by narrow passages, steep gradients, or other structural barriers - it doesn’t rule out the possibility of building a pool, but it does generally increase the complexity and cost of the project.

Even with limited access, there are innovative methods and specialised equipment designed to handle such challenges, though they come at a premium. It’s important to factor these potential additional costs into your overall budget planning when deciding on a pool for your new home.

Access for pool digging equipment can have a big impact on the cost of a new pool

The Necessity of Crane Use for Pool Installation

Choosing a fiberglass or precast swimming pool often brings an additional logistical consideration: the need for a crane. The crane is essential for lifting and placing the pool shell in the backyard. However, the presence of trees, overhead power lines, or the requirement for exceptionally long lifts can substantially inflate the costs associated with this part of the pool installation.

Moreover, if the property is located on a busy or tightly packed road, the operation might necessitate a road closure. Arranging such closures involves permissions and potentially additional fees, all of which need to be planned for well in advance. Understanding these factors is crucial as they can have a significant impact on the overall budget and timeline of installing a new pool.

Budget Considerations for Your New Pool

When planning your budget for a new swimming pool, it’s essential to look beyond just the cost of the pool itself. The true expense encompasses much more, including the surrounds, fencing, landscaping, and electrical installations that are necessary to complete your backyard oasis. Additionally, you may have other specific requirements or “must-haves” that could impact your overall budget.

To ensure you’re fully prepared and can manage your finances effectively, consider all these elements from the outset. Doing so will help prevent any surprises and ensure a smoother project flow. For more detailed insights into managing your pool budget effectively and to explore cost-saving tips, feel free to download our complimentary eBook, Building Your Dream Pool: The Ultimate Cost-Saving Handbook.

This guide is designed to help you navigate the complexities of pool installation and budgeting, ensuring you get the best value and enjoyment from your new pool.

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Start Your Pool Journey with Confidence: Discover How with Poolz

Embarking on the journey of adding a swimming pool to a new home is an exciting but intricate process that requires careful planning and consideration. Poolz is here to assist every step of the way. As Australia’s most trusted pool building website, we offer instant price estimates for any address, allowing you to gauge the potential costs of a new pool swiftly and easily. When you’re ready to move forward, simply use Poolz to request quotes from our extensive network of skilled builders.

Additionally, Poolz provides a wealth of resources and planning materials to ensure your pool project is as seamless as possible. Our site features Australia’s largest gallery of award-winning pool designs, offering inspiration and confidence in the quality and innovation we support. Whether you’re at the early stages of considering a pool or ready to dive into construction, Poolz is your go-to source for all things pool-related. Start planning your dream pool today and transform your backyard into a stunning retreat.

Rhiannon Royall
Pool Builder Operations
I'm a pool enthusiast turned designer with 25 years of industry experience. Creating dream pools is my passion, and I'm thrilled to help builders and homeowners bring their visions to life through Poolz.
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