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Planning an outdoor pool for your home? What to look for in a swimming pool design and build expert

Planning an outdoor pool for your home? What to look for in a swimming pool design and build expert

An outdoor swimming pool can add so much to your home, whether it will be used for exercise, entertaining, or just some relaxation and family leisure time.  It can also be an asset if you plan to sell your home in the future. Like any home or garden improvement project, an outdoor swimming pool installation requires management to avoid costly mistakes and delays.


If you are considering an outdoor swimming pool for your home, here are some things to consider when looking for a swimming pool design and build expert.

Find a partner that is familiar with swimming pool building regulations

If you are planning to build an outdoor swimming pool at your property, you must do your research. Find out about building regulations relating to your property. And find a swimming pool company that is also familiar and confident with those regulations. This is particularly important if your property is listed or protected in any way. There will be certain rules and processes to follow. Your swimming pool builder will need to understand and work within the confines of whatever regulations apply. This could relate to the design and finished look of the swimming pool, or the build process, or the pool’s location, for example.

Look for an expert swimming pool builder, such as Guncast, with experience in installing swimming pools for listed buildings to work around any challenges and make sure you’re not likely to break any rules, which can be costly.

Ask whether your swimming pool designer will work with your landscape designer

You may have a clear idea of the type of outdoor swimming pool you want, but have you considered how it will fit in with the entire landscaped garden? Whatever style of swimming pool you choose, it should complement its surroundings, by standing out or blending in.

To get this right involves a swimming pool designer working closely with a landscape designer to ensure that the entire outdoor space is cohesive, beautiful, and in turn complements the building. This should be addressed at the swimming pool design consultancy stage. The Guncast design team works together with landscape designers, as well as interior designers, and architects, to ensure that every swimming pool meets the brief and complements its surroundings.

Ask about their swimming pool build method and experience

The management of the pool build itself, is a critical part of the process to ensure that the pool is skilfully crafted and finished to perfection, and according to the original design. Look for a swimming pool builder with decades of experience and high-quality standards and processes.

Check whether they will use a tried and tested swimming pool construction method, such as the gunite wet or dry sprayed concrete technique. This will give you peace of mind that the construction of your swimming pool will be high quality and long-lasting.


What types of swimming pool finish do they offer?

The surrounding structures and finishes are just as important as the pool itself, and there are many materials to choose from, such as natural stone, porcelain tile, mosaic tiles, or marble. Whether you are looking for a subtle or dramatic outdoor swimming pool, the end result should reflect the initial design and even exceed your expectations. Ask about tiling and surround options, to suit your personal style, landscape, and property surroundings.

Do they provide swimming pool maintenance?

Routine maintenance (preferably by the same engineer) is essential to the longevity and operational performance of your swimming pool. Find out if they have a dedicated swimming pool service and maintenance team, including trained divers for underwater maintenance, if required. Ask about an ongoing service and maintenance package to keep your swimming pool running all year round.

The Guncast Pools and Wellness expert team is here to help

Ideally you should enlist the help of a swimming pool exert from the initial planning and design stage, right through to the maintenance and upkeep of your finished pool.

With almost 50 years of experience, Guncast understands that a home swimming pool build can be disruptive and we make the process as easy as possible for you. From our skilful design consultancy to expert build and finish.

Find swimming pool inspiration, from our portfolio and contact us today for expert advice on your bespoke swimming pool and spa.