Choosing a pool for a luxury home

Deciding on designing your own luxury home means you get to choose the fit and finish of everything along the way. One of the standout features for custom-built luxury homes in Perth is a swimming pool – but how do you go about selecting one? Keep the following tips in mind and you should be on your way to swimming laps in no time.

Pool heating

While you may not be thinking about taking a dip now, planning ahead for when your new build is complete could mean deciding on pool fixtures in the meantime. However, that’s not to say swimming can’t happen in cooler weather.

Choosing between gas and solar heating can make a massive difference to your carbon footprint and annual energy cost, according to the Department of Industry and Science. The average annual heating cost with solar is $259 – gas heating can be 10-20 times more expensive.

Chlorine or salt swimming pool?

Well, actually there’s chlorine in both. The levels of chlorine produced by salt chlorinator machines are less likely to sting your eyes, and result in a fairly constant level of pool hygiene.

Chemical chlorine treatments can seem more severe, but are essentially doing the same job. Some people do consider chlorine to involve more work in balancing pH levels, but it essentially comes down to personal preference.

Liners and other materials

The choice of pool liner or material often comes down to budget and customisation considerations. Some options will work better for custom shapes, and others will be easier on the wallet – it’s best to discuss this with a pool professional once you have an idea of what you want.

Don’t forget that your fixtures need to be resistant to corrosion. Not only does salt and water lead to oxidisation in most metals, but the coastal climate of Perth means even chlorine pool owners should have this in mind. Consider high grade stainless steel for pool ladders and other fittings.

When considering adding a pool to your custom home design, bear in mind the order in which things need to happen. Depending on your site, access for pool installation could be difficult after your house is built. Talk to Exclusive Residence to find out more.

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