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One of the best ways to begin planning for a swimming pool is to begin by looking at swimming pools and talking to your friends about what they like and dislike about their pool.  There are many factors concerning size, shape, and depth of pool that you will need to consider before installing a pool.

What size does the pool need to be? 

The average residential pool being today is approximately 15’ to 16’ wide and approximately 30’ to 32’ long.  Diving pools are typically slightly larger and non-diving (or sport) pools are typically this size or smaller.  Lap swimmers tend to like long, narrow pools.  We typically recommend a maximum swimmer load of approximately 25 sq. ft. of pool surface area per person (For a 500 sq. ft. pool, that would be a maximum of 20 people using the pool at one time). 

How deep does the pool need to be? 

Diving pools are typically at least 8’ deep and most non-diving pools
are no deeper than 6’.  Most of the pools that are currently being built are non-diving (or sport) pools.  Non-diving pools have increased in popularity because of the desire to play water sports such as volleyball and basketball.  Non-diving pools are slightly less expensive to build and the costs associated with filtering, heating, and chemically treating the water increases in proportion to the depth of the pool. 

What are the legal restrictions? 

The local building codes can determine placement of a pool due to setback restrictions, which determine how close the pool can be to the property line.  Utility and drainage easements must also be considered.  Your survey plot plan contains property line and easement information, which is helpful and will be needed to plan your pool.

Are there obstructions that I need to consider? 

Underground obstructions such as utility lines and septic tanks must be considered as well as overhead obstructions including utility lines and trees. Typically utility lines can be relocated in order to place the pool in the desired location in the yard.

What if my yard is sloped? 

The elevation, or slope, of the yard is a factor to consider to avoid future drainage problems.  Considerably sloped yards are usually slightly more expensive to build a pool than flat yards.

What part of the yard do I want the pool?   

When attempting to place a pool properly in a yard, the elements of the sun, shade, and wind must be considered to keep the swimmers comfortable in and around the pool.  The ideal pool has both sunny and shaded areas to accommodate all of its users.

Should it be close to the house? 

A pool should be easily accessible from the house.  Otherwise, the nuisance of getting to and from it will overshadow much of the pleasure derived from using the pool.  Pool builders are restricted from installing a pool too close to a foundation. Also related to size and depth is the location of the entry and exit points.  Whenever possible, steps and benches should be placed in strategic locations to access the house, pool house, diving board, or spa.

Can I see the pool from inside the house? 

Generally speaking, the pool should be in complete view of the house,  yet laid out in harmony with it.  In addition, if children are to be using the pool, a view from the house to the pool becomes even more important as a safety issue.

Determining your needs and matching them to your budget and space limitations might take some time, but they are critical in assuring that you have no regrets as it relates to size, depth, and the location of your swimming pool .

One of the most common questions is “What is best method to use for selecting a pool builder?   Price?  Warranty?  Company reputation?”

This can be a difficult question, as all pools and pool builders are different. However, here are some suggestions for how to select your pool contractor...

Swimming pools are custom construction projects, which are built by many people who have different standards of quality.  Unlike automobiles, all pools are not all built the same.  Pool construction is similar to home construction in that there are some that are high quality and some that are poor quality.   

Here are the five most common mistakes made when trying to select a pool builder:

  1. Failing to check the reputation, experience level, history, and background of the builder    
    When selecting a pool builder it is essential that you have complete confidence in the company.  Will your pool be constructed properly?  Will your pool include the latest innovations for lasting beauty and durability?    Will the company be around when you need service in a year, five years, or a decade from now?  You need to know that you are getting a premium quality pool with a long-term commitment to your satisfaction.  Checking out the builder can take time but it is very important. 
  2. Basing everything on price alone
    Although price is important because you do not want to overpay, be sure to select a pool builder that will tell you all the options.  It would be like buying a car without an air conditioner, it may have cost less but you not get what you really wanted.  If you cannot afford the type of pool or the builder of your choice, it maybe better to wait until you can, instead of rushing into it for the sake of owning a pool.   Bottom line—never make money the number one priority in building a pool—once that happens, bad things start to occur and rarely does the customer end up happy.
  3. Failing to look at completed pool projects
    Although looking at photographs and websites can help you decide what you ultimately want the project to look like, photos can be misleading.  It is very important to look at completed projects—especially pools that are 5-10 years old.  It is always surprising when someone does not want to take the time to look at some completed projects in person.      
  4. Getting too much information (paralysis by analysis)
    We all want to learn as much as possible about whatever product that we are purchasing, but talking to more than 2-3 reputable pool companies can cause confusion.  It is difficult for someone interested in purchasing a swimming pool to learn everything there is to know about the mechanical and structural aspects of swimming pool construction.   
  5. Failing to budget enough for the extras (patio furniture, landscaping, etc.)
    Many of us spend all that we can afford to build the pool, and there is no money left for the things that complete the project—such as patio furniture, landscaping, etc.  Be sure to have a budget that includes these items.  Landscaping is so important to the aesthetics of a swimming pool, yet it is often overlooked.  

Avoiding these mistakes will increase the likelihood that you will have a good experience with your pool builder and enjoy your pool for many years to come.

Why choose Gohlke Pools to be your pool builder? We believe in establishing a solid relationship with our customers built on trust that we earn from the consistent quality of our products and our service. Here are Ten Reasons to choose Gohlke Pools:

Ten Reasons to choose Gohlke Pools as your Pool Builder

  1. Award-winning—We have won over 30 national design awards, including the most prestigious design award in the pool industry, the International Gold Design Award from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.  In addition, we have been named to the Aqua 100 Swimming Pool Company Hall of Fame and have been named as the Baylor Family Business of the Year.
  2. Highly trained—Our staff includes more Certified Building Professionals and Certified Pool Operators than any pool company in Texas.
  3. Full-service swimming pool company—In addition to pool construction, we also provide pool repair, pool renovation, weekly pool service, and have a retail store.  In most cases, we do our own warranty work on the pool, which means that you will deal with us and not have to depend on a third party.
  4. Over 50 years in the swimming pool business in Denton—This assures you that we will be here tomorrow to back what we said today, and to honor our warranties.  A warranty means nothing if the company is not in business to back it up. 
  5. We have seen it all—Our current staff has literally seen it all, as we have over 200 years of combined pool experience.  This allows us to solve any problems that can arise during or after the construction of your pool.
  6. Lifetime 10% discount—For as long as you own your pool, you will receive a 10% discount in our Retail Store and also in our Service Department.  This by itself can save you thousands of dollars.
  7. Financially stable and fully insured—Many consumers are surprised to find out that there is no insurance requirement of pool builders and in the State of Texas.  This can result in the homeowner being held responsible in a situation where a worker gets injured or where property is damaged.
  8. We know what works—The fact that we have been in business so many years allows us to see pools many years after they have been built, which gives us an advantage to know what works over the long haul and more importantly, what doesn’t work over the long haul.
  9. Job monitoring—We realize that you cannot always be at the job site to watch the construction of your pool.  For many people, it is an interesting process and we want you to be able to watch the process if desire to, therefore we provide a web accessible camera system to watch your pool being built while you are at work, on vacation, etc.
  10. Quality is our commitment to you—Our commitment to you is to build a quality product and not make decisions based on what is cheaper.  This type of thinking often results in an unhappy pool owner, where instead of enjoying your swimming pool you are constantly having problems and wondering, “What’s next?”  We want you to enjoy your pool—not think bad thoughts when you look in your backyard.  Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

We want to be your swimming pool builder.

 

You want a pool that fits your budget. Here are examples of Gohlke Pools new pool installations. We hope these examples can get you pointed in the right direction in deciding what type of pool installation fits both your budget and your needs....

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Base Play Pool Volleyball

$40,000-$45,000

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Basic Diving Pools 

$45,000-$50,000

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Play Pool With Spa 

$50,000-$55,000

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Lagoon Pools / Spa with Grotto Waterfalls

$60,000-$70,000

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Large Pool With Spa 

$80,000-$100,000

Examples can include items such as: spa, moss rock waterfalls, textured stamp deck, pebble plaster, cedar arbor

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Gohlke Pools will help you determine a budget that fits your needs. From early design stages to completion, our experienced pool experts will provide you with a plan that outlines costs for construction as well as usage and maintenance for many seasons of pool enjoyment.

Pools vary in price from $35,000 and up depending on size and options. There are several options for financing your pool...

How to Finance a Swimming Pool

Once you have decided on a swimming pool builder, it is time to obtain financing for your swimming pool project.

Few people are in a financial position to pay for a swimming pool without borrowing money.   Therefore, financing (or borrowing money) is by far the most popular method of purchasing a swimming pool.  The two most popular types of loans are:

  1. home improvement loan
  2. home equity loan

Denton is blessed with fine lending institutions that are able to provide assistance and advice when it comes to pool financing.  Although each lending institution has different policies and procedures/rules that apply, here are some general guidelines for each type of loan.

Common to both types of loans

  1. Both home improvement and home equity loans are usually available for the long term—usually from 3 to 25 years.    The length of time available is usually based on the dollar amount.
  2. Loan interest is tax-deductible in most cases—see your accountant to see if this applies to your situation.
  3. State law requires that a minimum of 15 days pass before the loan is funded (12 days to close the loan plus 3 day right to cancel the transaction).

Home improvement loans
Home improvement loans can be made for up to 100% of the appraised value of the home.  The improvements being made can be added into the value of the home.  In the event that you decide to refinance your mortgage, at a later time the loan can be rolled into the permanent mortgage.

Home equity loans
Home equity loans can be made for up to 80% of the appraised value of the home.  The improvements made cannot be added into the value of the home.  The combination of both of these statements make it necessary that you have more equity for this type of loan versus a home improvement loan.  This type of loan cannot be rolled into a permanent mortgage in case of refinancing.  In addition, you are only able to apply for one home equity loan in a 12-month period.

As you can see, each loan has its advantages and disadvantages.  It is important to discuss with your loan officer or financial adviser which loan would work best in your situation.      

After a summer of record breaking heat, many homeowners decide that they are not going through another summer without a swimming pool.  For some, this will be one of the best decisions that they have ever made for their family.  But for others, it will not work out quite like they envisioned.

Is having a swimming pool is a good decision? It really depends on the situation. 

There are some who have pools who would probably be better off without them—due to time, financial, and other issues.  There are many factors to consider when determining if a pool would fit your needs.  The following are some questions to consider when weighing the pros and cons of pool ownership:

Does it fit the needs of our family?  Being able to enjoy time at home with your family is priceless.  Staying home to beat the heat is much more desirable than having to travel to another location to enjoy a swimming pool. 

Does it fit our lifestyle? Relaxing by the pool is another common reason that pools continue to be popular—poolside reading and meditating are popular activities.

Would we use it to improve our health? This has become an increasingly popular reason to own a swimming pool.  Lap swimming and water aerobics are very common, but there are also medical benefits such as weight control and heart and lung conditioning.

Would we use it for entertaining?  Backyard cookouts become even better when you have a pool for guests to enjoy.  There is no better place to celebrate a special occasion such as birthday parties, anniversaries, holidays, etc., than poolside.

Would it improve the look of our backyard? From waterfalls to dark bottom pools, today’s consumers are adding the natural look to their backyard, creating a tropical paradise right at home.  Most pools considerably improve the look of the backyard.

Do we have time for a pool?   People are so busy that they do not have time to enjoy their pool.  Pools need attention, at least one hour per week that should be dedicated to caring for a pool.  In the fall when the leaves are dropping, it takes more than one hour per week.

Can we afford a pool? There are several costs of owning a swimming pool. Most inground swimming pools range from $35,000—$65,000.    A $35,000 loan at 9% for 15 years creates a monthly payment of approximately $350. Monthly chemical and utility costs (electricity and water) are approximately $100 for the average-sized residential pool.  That makes the cost approximately $450 per month.  If you do not use the pool or could use the money elsewhere, then purchasing a swimming pool is probably not a wise financial move.

Hopefully these questions will help you make the right decision when considering whether or not to endure another summer without a swimming pool.

A swimming pool would be considered a non-necessity—much like a boat, motorhome, or lakehouse.  Therefore, swimming pools, boats, motorhomes, and lakehouses—fall in the category of “I really need to evaluate the pros and cons of this purchase”.

Pool aficionados will tell you that life is too brief and too fragile to spend without a swimming pool.  For these pool owners, it is hard for them to consider not having a swimming pool.  On the other hand, there are pool owners that would probably be better off without a swimming pool.  Not having the time to enjoy or maintain the pool are the primary reasons that some are simply better off without a swimming pool. 

Even though it is not good business for Gohlke Pools to think this way, a swimming pool is definitely not for everyone. Owning a swimming pool is a commitment that takes time, much like having a motor home, boat, or lake house.   Therefore, here is a list of pros and cons when considering if you should move forward with building a swimming pool for your family. 

 

Pros

Family - This is probably the biggest reason for the popularity of pools—swimming and being around the pool together is enjoyable and encourages family togetherness.

Lifestyle - Relaxing by the pool is another common reason that pools continue to be popular. Poolside reading and meditating are popular activities that are usually not considered when purchasing a pool, but are very common activities once the pool is installed.

Health - This has become an increasingly popular reason to own a swimming pool. Swimming has been rated at or near the top of the list of favorite recreational activities for many years. Lap swimming and water aerobics are very common, but there are also medical benefits of weight control, heart and lung conditioning.

Convenience - Staying home to beat the heat is much more desirable than having to go to another location to enjoy a swimming pool. Nothing satisfies the mind and body more than a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot day after mowing or working in the yard.

Entertaining - Backyard cookouts become even better when you have a pool to keep the guests entertained. There is no better place to celebrate a special occasions such as birthday parties, anniversaries, holidays, you name it, than poolside.

Aesthetics - Pools have evolved into the centerpiece of the backyard. Today’s consumers are adding the natural look to their backyard, creating a tropical paradise right at home.

 

Cons

Time - Many people are so busy that they do not have time to enjoy their pool. This can be said for a motor home, boat, lakehouse, etc. If you are rarely at home, a swimming pool is probably not for you.

Financial - There are several costs of owning a swimming pool. Typically pools are financed—a $35,000 loan at 8% for 25 years creates a monthly payment due of approximately $270. In addition, monthly chemical and utility costs (electricity and water) are approximately $100 for the average-sized residential pool. That makes the cost just under $400 per month. If you do not use the pool or could use the money elsewhere, then purchasing a swimming pool is probably not a wise financial move.

Lifestyle - People often think that if they had a pool, they would be home more or they would exercise more. If you really believe that you would, perhaps you are correct. But simply getting a pool does not change your lifestyle any more than buying a pair of running shoes makes you a runner.

Hopefully these questions will help you make the right decision when considering purchasing a swimming pool.

 
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