4 Key In-Ground Pool Design Tips

January 28th, 2021 |

In-ground pools can enhance your property by providing an area of entertainment and outdoor style. When it comes to designing an in-ground pool there are plenty of options to pick and choose from. Material, shape, depth, attachments, and more.

While building a dream pool can be a fruitful endeavor, people often get carried away with a plan that does not meet their budget. With the help of these four tips though, homeowners can get more bang for their buck.

Be Clear on the Purpose of the Pool

While it may seem like a nice thing to have, pools require an initial investment and continuous maintenance. Purchasing a pool should be done with purpose. Pools can be a great source of exercise, entertainment, and investment. However, each of these would require different pool dimensions, materials, and budgets.

Therefore, the first thing to do when purchasing a pool is to know what it is for. Once you are clear on that, it is time for the next step.

Do Detailed Research on The Types of Pools

In-ground pools are made from 3 different materials, concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass. The material that is chosen impacts budget, aesthetic, and durability.


Concrete is the crème de la crème of in-ground pool material. Concrete is perfect for building pools because it can be molded to fit into any shape. Concrete, however, is not always recommended in areas where there are frequent earthquakes because concrete isn’t flexible.

A concrete pool needs to be constantly brushed and cleaned. With proper maintenance and consistent resurfacing of the concrete every twenty years, this pool will last for a lifetime depending on where it’s built.


Vinyl provides pool designers with a more budget-friendly approach while still offering creative choices. This is one of the most commonly used materials for pools as it takes a low initial cost to set up.

A vinyl pool has a liner and a vinyl frame. On average, the vinyl liner needs to be replaced about every eight years. The vinyl frame has a lifespan of about thirty years.


Fiberglass pools are the quickest to install and require less maintenance. They are similar in price to a vinyl pool but offer much less customization. Often, they will come in preset shapes. Fiberglass pools are great for adding that dream aesthetic to a home at a fraction of the cost.

A fiberglass pool has a shell and a gel coating. The shell life span can be anywhere between twenty-five to seventy-five years, depending on the quality. The gel coating needs to be resurfaced every ten years at least.

Stick to a Budget

Sticking to a budget is the best way to making sure your dream pool does not turn into a nightmare. Building a pool with all the bells and whistles (lighting, water features, heating, safety details), can easily cost hundreds of thousands.

So, determine the details that are most important to you and plan them our first. Accessories can be installed at a later date. Do not forget to account for on-going maintenance and supplies when creating a budget.

Work with a Professional Company

Working with a professional company is the best way to get a pool done efficiently. Installing a pool that follows local building codes is a complex process. Most professional companies also know the optimal way to get the correct permits needed.

Working with a professional company gets the job done right. When visualizing a gorgeous pool with a stunning grotto and flowing waterfall, we do not often think about the costs and paperwork involved. Even if you follow these tips, a pool will still be an investment. But, with the help of an experienced pool contractor, you can make that dream a reality without paying more than you want.

Taylor Made Pools, based in Surrey, BC, is your go-to pool contractor for in-ground swimming pools, hot tubs, decks, and pool renovations on the Lower Mainland. With over 30 years of experience and a passion for beautiful pools and happy clients, Taylor Made Pools will help you realize your backyard dreams.


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