Four Things You Need to Think About Before Building a Pool

Posted October 13, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, Fence, General, Landscape Maintenance, Plant and Tree, Pool, Videos

Before you hire a pool contractor, you should consider establishing your reasons for wanting a new pool. The reasons you want a new inground swimming pool will have a big influence on your new pool’s shape, depth, size, and the area surrounding your new swimming pool. If you have a clear idea of your new pool’s purpose, the rest of the decisions about your new swimming pool will naturally fall into place–but only if you have a plan, the right partner, and the right pool contractor in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Here are three things to think about before you hire a pool contractor in Easton, Pennsylvania:

  • Know your zoning laws & regulations 

Before you think about building a new inground swimming pool, you will want to check your local zoning laws to see if any restrictions might affect the vision you have for your project.

Most townships, municipalities, and HOAs have regulations regarding your new pool’s safety requirements and placement. These local requirements will impact the size and location of your new pool, how your fence will look, where your fence should be placed, and more. Make sure that you understand all of the zoning codes and obtain the necessary permits to build your new inground pool before you start digging up your yard.

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  • Who will use your new swimming pool & how?

The “WHY” behind any project is important, but it is especially important when it comes to building a new inground swimming pool in Easton, Pennsylvania. Will you mostly be swimming or lounging in your new pool? Will your new inground swimming pool be used for exercise? Will there be any diving in your new swimming pool?

The best way to figure out who will use your new swimming pool and how it will be used is to visualize yourself sitting by the pool, swimming in the pool, and entertaining by the pool. This is why we will help you begin your project by helping you create a custom 3D design video that will allow you to see exactly how your new space will look. Your designer will use their industry knowledge and construction experience to help you select the best shape, size, and features for your new swimming pool, so you never need to worry about making the wrong decisions!

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  • What will surround my new swimming pool?

A pool is only as beautiful as its surrounding landscaping and outdoor features. But when the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers interferes or doesn’t fit with the installation and function of these outdoor living spaces, it could cause issues or require too much maintenance– leaving you less time to enjoy your investment.

We know that your landscape should complement your outdoor living space while requiring the least maintenance. We also don’t think you should waste money on a landscape that isn’t going to last in the long run. This is why we help you select low-maintenance plants, shrubs, trees, and ornamentals that will survive and even thrive when planted close to a pool full of kids playfully splashing chlorinated water with huge cannonballs.  Whether you are choosing plants for privacy or ornamentation, we help you select the best options for your new space so you never need to worry or stress about making the wrong investment.

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  • Documentation

The process of planning for a swimming pool can potentially require way more effort, energy, and expertise than you were expecting!  Every space with a swimming pool needs to start with a grading plan created by a licensed engineer.  If you are working with a reputable swimming pool installer, they should have it covered, but if not, this will be left in your lap.

More often than not an outdoor living space that includes a swimming pool will run into stormwater management requirements from your township.  Unfortunately, not all companies are well-versed in stormwater management.  However, you can rest assured that when you work with MasterPLAN we have you covered!  Our full project management process covers the outdoor living space as a whole, from property research to plan creation, permit acquisition, and construction management.  We are extremely versed in stormwater management and aim for the most invisible BMP solution for your home.  You won’t see any retention ponds or rain gardens in our designs; we know usable green square footage is valuable for your home, family, and lifestyle.

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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