Outdoor Pool


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Outdoor Pool

The times have long passed when a private pool located by the house was a luxury that only the wealthiest could afford. Nowadays, more and more investors are opting for this type of solution. They are encouraged not only by hot summers and a warming climate, which allows for the use of an outdoor pool for a longer period of the year, but also by lower costs of construction and maintenance compared to a few decades ago. Clients who entrust the comprehensive construction of their homes to New-House can count on professional advice when it comes to choosing the optimal pool technology and the best location for the pool. So, if you secretly dream of a modern house with a pool, you are definitely in the right place.


Where is the Best Location for an Outdoor Pool?

When choosing a location for a backyard pool, several variables should be taken into account. The right location will not only provide convenience for using the pool but also minimize the costs of construction and future maintenance.

  1. Personal preferences of the investor and their family.

    Eventually, the pool will mostly be used by the residents, so it's important to ensure it's located at an optimal distance from the house, with easy access and additional recreational space. If using the pool becomes difficult for any reason, residents are less likely to use it. In such a situation, the justification for the entire investment becomes doubtful.

  2. Groundwater level on the building plot.

    The groundwater level directly affects the construction technology of the pool. If the groundwater level is high, drainage work must be done before construction. For better protection of the pool's structure, it's also recommended to pour a concrete slab above the groundwater level. The groundwater level for a specific building plot can be determined through soil tests conducted on the site.

  3. Sunlight exposure. The pool is best built in the sunniest spot on the property. This helps maintain optimal water temperature without the need for heating.

  4. Surrounding vegetation. Before finalizing the pool's location, it's worth examining the surrounding vegetation. More vegetation often means more debris to clean from the pool. While an appropriate cover can help keep the water clean, it will increase the pool's construction cost. If the investor wants to minimize costs, they should carefully analyze the pool's future surroundings and choose a location where vegetation won't pose a cleanliness problem.

As a general rule, pool placement should ideally be planned before starting house construction, especially considering the heavy machinery required for excavation. Once the house is finished and the area around it is developed, there's a risk that machinery could damage what has already been built or even have trouble fitting within the property. It's important to be aware of this.


Backyard Pool and Building Regulations

Here's the good news - if the pool is included in a pre-approved house project chosen by the investor, no additional formalities are required for its construction. Furthermore, a pool with a size of up to fifty square meters, even if added later, does not require a construction permit or even notifying the authorities of the intention to build. However, if the planned pool is larger than fifty square meters, obtaining the appropriate permit is necessary. To obtain this permit, you must submit an application to the relevant office along with the following attachments:

  • 4 copies of the pool construction project prepared by a person with construction and engineering qualifications,

  • a declaration of the right to use the property for construction purposes.

The obtained permit is valid for three years, giving you ample time to start building your dream pool.


Building an Outdoor Pool Without a Permit – Consequences for the Investor

Building a pool without the necessary construction permit can have two consequences. Firstly, the authorities may require the investor to demolish the pool. Secondly, the investor may be required to pay a legalization fee, which usually amounts to around 2500 Polish zlotys. It's better to avoid unnecessary stress and expenses by taking care of all the necessary formalities before starting pool construction.


Materials Used for Modern Outdoor Pools

Backyard pools are most commonly built using:

  • reinforced concrete,

  • concrete shapes,

  • prefabricated elements,

  • steel,

  • wood,

  • synthetic materials.

One clear advantage of pools made from reinforced concrete and concrete shapes is the ability to create any desired shape, perfectly fitting the available space. Investors opting for synthetic material pools also emphasize their variety of shapes and sizes.


3 Stages of Pool Construction

  1. Excavation and preparation for pool installation according to the project.

  2. Connection of the cleaning and heating systems, if included in the project.

  3. Completion of the pool structure, along with proper protection against weather conditions such as snowfall in winter. This protection also minimizes the risk of unauthorized access to the water by both adults and children.


Water Filtration in Outdoor Pools

Water in a backyard pool must undergo filtration and chemical treatment. Cleansing the water involves passing it through a porous filter material with the help of a pool pump. This procedure removes the majority of impurities (estimated to be up to 80%). Automatic systems and chemicals used in indoor pools are also applied in outdoor pools. There's no distinction in this regard.

The market offers the following types of filters:

  • sand filters,

  • cartridge filters,

  • bag filters,

  • glass media filters,

  • diatomaceous earth filters.

The choice of filter type for a specific pool depends on the power of the selected pump. The pump should be matched to the pool's size, the number of installed pipes, and the number of bends. Generally, a smaller pump will be more cost-effective for daily use.

Polish investors most commonly use sand filters equipped with a pump that draws water and directs it back to the pool after filtration. Additionally, such installations are equipped with control solutions that automatically initiate the filtration process at user-defined intervals. This ensures clean water in the pool and eliminates harmful microorganisms that could develop in the water.


Heating the Pool Water – Solutions

To use a backyard pool comfortably beyond hot days, a water heating system must be installed. The most economical and ecological solution is to use solar collectors, which can be mounted on the ground or on the roof of the house. Solar collectors can efficiently heat the water both on cooler summer days and during winter. Another option is to enclose the pool with a heated glass pavilion, effectively turning an outdoor pool into a year-round pool. To prevent excessive cooling of the pool water, a special cover can be used, which also protects the water from external contaminants. This solution can increase water temperature by up to 6 degrees Celsius on sunny days. However, it's important to be aware that covering the pool daily (even with an automated system) can be cumbersome and impractical. Regular cleaning of the pool is also important, at least once a year. Disinfection is crucial as well.


How Much Does It Cost to Build an Outdoor Pool?

The cost of constructing a backyard pool directly depends on its size, shape, construction materials, and additional features and amenities requested by the investor. Estimates show that you should expect costs ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 Polish zlotys. Keep in mind that pool maintenance costs include filter replacement, water treatment chemicals, a skimmer, a pool bottom vacuum, and the aforementioned protective cover, which can amount to a maximum of three thousand zlotys per season.


Why Do Polish Investors Prefer Outdoor Pools Over Indoor Ones?

The answer to this question is quite simple - because building a pool within the structure of a house is more expensive than building one outdoors. It doesn't matter if the indoor pool is planned during the property's design phase or retrofitted into an existing building; both scenarios are costly. Additionally, the operating costs of an indoor pool are higher, possibly reaching up to 10,000 zlotys per month. Moreover, indoor pools require two separate rooms (the pool area and a technical room). All these factors contribute to the fact that indoor pools are relatively rare in Poland. Outdoor pools, on the other hand, are much more popular, and more and more investors are choosing this option, often working with New-House for their construction.

If you want to join this group and a house with a pool is also your dream, we invite you to collaborate with our company. We have been engaged in residential construction since 1991, which means we possess extensive experience, knowledge, and practical skills to execute even the most demanding homes across the country. To give you an idea, we have built over 1500 houses during our continuous operation. Contact us today and share your ideas about your dream home, and we will help you bring it to life. Turnkey houses are our specialty. We are available 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.


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