Swimming pool – swimming paradise in the garden
Crowded beaches are out – enjoy the cool water in your own garden! In this article, we’ll introduce you to the two main variants of the garden pool.
1. Swimming Pools: The Right Pool in the Right Place
To prolong the enjoyment of your home swimming pool, pay attention at the planning stage to:
Choose a sheltered and sunny spot. Also, avoid trees near the swimming pool in order to reduce the pollution of water. You may need to lay cables or just install the pool near the house.
Pool-type and size
The pool-type and size of your planned swimming pools depends on the space and your individual needs. Recommended however is a minimum pool size of 2.5 by 2.5 meters with a depth of 1.5 meters. Also, you should consider putting in a shallow zone for children with a maximum depth of 75 centimeters.
Returns and Warranty
Prices for pools vary greatly. Whether it’s a standard ground pool or individually planned garden pool, choose a product with the highest possible warranty period, which can be up to 20 years depending on the price.
Building permits for a pool are governed by the building regulations of your state and depend on the size and location of the pool. Often a building permit is necessary if the pool is going to be 100 cubic meters or greater.
Beat the seasons by installing a pool heater so that you can enjoy your pool even in cooler climates. Pool heaters make it possible! You might also consider putting a roof covering over the pool so that you can swim in inclement weather, keep debris out of the pool, and even keep the pool shaded so it stays cool and refreshing even in the summer. However, if you are going to build a roof covering, make sure you get the help of a pro. The folks at Peter W Smith Construction remind the DIYer that “safely hauling heavy bundles of roofing shingles onto the roof is not an easy job for anyone, including the professionals.”
Pool safety is important, especially if there are small children in your household. Put a fabric cover over the pool to prevent anyone from falling in. Plus, new solar covers heat the water even further! In order to prevent slipping in wet conditions, you can use non-slip stone such as granite or sandstone.
2. Swimming pond: A Natural Alternative to the Pool
A swimming pond is the chemical-free variant of a garden pool. The water treatment is carried out in ecological way, in a separate basin of the pond. Even the look of most swimming ponds are natural and blend into the garden.
Another advantage: swimming ponds are less maintenance intensive than classical swimming pools and maintenance costs far less!
Tip: An existing pool can be transformed into a natural pool. For this, however, expertise is needed because the old pool has to be supplemented by a filter zone.
With a swimming pond there are no limits to your ideas. Modern technology allows almost any shape: curved, stepped or rectangular! The individual bank design and additional design elements such as a running stream, bubbling brook, boardwalk, or underwater spotlights give your swimming pond an exclusive touch.
Important: Only the filter zone and shallow swimming areas are covered with gravel. The deep water zone remains clear of gravel, so that it can filter deposits.
To clean the water naturally, your swimming pond must be an eco-system of sorts. There are two primary zones of the pond: a swimming zone and a regeneration or filtering zone. Obviously, this is the main disadvantage of a swimming pond because they require so much more room. The water purification is mainly in the shallow water zone, the so-called regeneration zone. In this area, various plants such as cattails, rushes, and reeds, as well as sand and gravel filter the water. We recommend an additional water circulation pump, which supports the process.