Planning a Pool? Important Advice from North Jersey Pool Professionals

Every pool project has its own personality because every home and every family is unique.

The best swimming pool for you fits your lifestyle and your budget—and takes a lot of upfront planning. You’ll want to learn as much as you can beforehand by asking and listening to friends, family and local experts and considering great ideas and how they might work (or not work) for you.

What works in another part of the country–or even the state—might not work here in Bergen County, where swimming months are precious, soil is unique and uninvited visitors are “deer.”

Before shovel touches soil, you’ll need to consider:

Pool location

Sun, yard and project size, access, budget, privacy, existing plantings, terrain and municipal regulations will determine your project’s location. It may not be the most exciting, but it’s the most important decision you’ll make.

Pool shape and design

The size of your family, typical number of guests and of course, budget, all impact what size your pool should be.

Shape and depth are a little different. What will you use it for? Swimming laps and playing games? Or are you more the float-and-sip crowd? Have you always envisioned a kids’ area or permanent hot tub? Now is the time to decide what will give you the best return on your investment.

For instance, “attaching a hot tub to your pool is very cost-effective,” says Mitch Knapp, owner of Scenic Landscape Design in Haskell. Thoughtful planning, like “where you place the bench, jets and the spillway that takes the water out as it recirculates,” may seem detailed now, “but it really pays off in the end.”

Finishing work

Coping is an extension of the decking and one of the most visible elements of the pool. This cap on the pool shell wall is generally made from poured or pre-cast concrete material, tile or a natural stone, such as bluestone.<