Gone are the days of quick and easy backyard pool construction. Today’s pools are only part of elegant and well-designed outdoor living spaces. Many outdoor pool projects today rival even the best indoor family living areas.
Watermark Pools' Chad Christenson, grew up in and around the construction industry. He worked for his uncle before starting his own company in Florida in 2006. Eight years later, in 2014, Chad relocated to Middle Tennessee to continue building innovative outdoor spaces.
The market for quality swimming pools is unusually high. Practically every new home today in and around Williamson County includes some type of pool with one or more outdoor amenities. The type of pool varies by neighborhood and home type. Townhomes or homes with limited backyard space may install smaller units such as lap pools. Larger suburban homes with additional acreage might include a custom-designed pool.
Land setbacks, soil conditions, and building codes can impact the type and length of pool construction. Potential pool owners could also consult their Home Owner Association (HOA) bylaws for any stipulations on outdoor construction requirements.
“Because there is more demand for pools, people want an outdoor living space as opposed to just a pool,” says Chad. “After we meet with the homeowner and understand their budget and design requirements, we survey the lot to make sure the available space can accommodate the pool and any amenities. A lot has to happen before we begin to dig.”
Many companies offer to construct pools, but according to Chad, first-time pool owners need to thoroughly understand exactly what type of pool they are getting and the builder's expertise. The average pool size is approximately 20-by-40 feet.
"Not all pool companies are created equally," Chad explains. "As a former luxury home builder, I’m experienced with all aspects of the building process. It's essential that owners understand the total cost of building and maintaining such a significant investment. For example, access to the backyard during the construction process, the type of materials used, and the construction process's length are all important.
The cost of most Watermark pools projects ranges from $150,000 to $350,000. Gunite pools are the best type for Middle Tennessee homes. UV and Ozone pools are popular, with fewer homeowners choosing chlorine and salt-water water systems.
Besides the pool, popular options include outdoor cooking areas, bars, different seating types and lighting. "Pools and nice outdoor living spaces are one of the best ways to increase the value of your home," says Chad. "The pool is only a portion of the overall project."
The pool construction season in Middle Tennessee runs from early March to late October. Chad recommends that future pool owners research the types of pools and gain at least a basic understanding of the construction process. Other tips include:
Do your homework on the types of pool systems available in your area.
Talk to the owner of the company and verify their expertise in pool construction.
Contract prior customers to gauge construction quality and follow-up service.
Understand the pool construction process.
“We’ve been in the outdoor construction business for many years, so we’re in a great position to educate homeowners on the total cost of pool ownership,” says Chad. “Not only do we handle all aspects of the process, but we also offer the services to properly maintain and protect your investment for years to come.”