Whether it’s an attraction for the kids, a means to keep fit or relax, or even primarily a visual delight – having a backyard pool can add a bit of sparkle to your garden. The expert swimming pool designers, builders, and installers at Zones Tauranga can design the right pool and landscape for you and your lifestyle, so you don’t get thrown in the deep end.
Pool costs can vary dramatically, depending on the materials and mode of installation. Liner pools, also called vinyl pools, are the most affordable option for in-ground pools; however, these require ongoing maintenance and liner replacement every 5 to 10 years. As a step up, fiberglass pools come in certain off the shelf shapes and offer a long-term low maintenance solution. Concrete swimming pools are at the upper end of installation and ongoing maintenance costs. All in-ground pools require excavation work, which can add up in terms of building costs. Site access, soil type and the size of the pool can all have an impact on the project budget.
Above-ground pools can be a good, low-cost alternative. These pools do not require extensive ground preparation or excavation but will still need to comply with local bylaws and fencing regulations.
Fibreglass swimming pools
Fibreglass pools are the most common type of swimming pool in Tauranga, the Mount and the wider Bay of Plenty. There are a number of companies with a large range of shapes and sizes on offer. Fibreglass pools are cost-effective, low maintenance and relatively fast to install, however, they do not give you the option of customising. See this recently installed fibreglass pool.
Concrete Swimming Pools
If you are after a customised design then this is best achieved with a concrete pool, where the design is limited only by your imagination. Concrete is long-lasting and hard-wearing but it does need to be designed and installed by a specialist. It also requires a greater level of on-going maintenance including potential resurfacing during its lifespan. The best type of pool for your property can depend on the type of soil in your backyard – some ground types are more suitable for concrete, others for fibreglass.
Spas and Hot Tubs
It’s worth considering some other types of pools as well before you make your final decision on pool type. Spa pools and swim spas, for example, are hugely popular. Due to their smaller size and warmer water temperature, they can fit even into small backyards and can be used all year round, making them a truly versatile option. Natural pools or swimming ponds, where plants are used to filter the water, can work well.
Above-ground pools are affordable and relatively easy to install. They consist of a freestanding structure with a vinyl or metal wall and a removable or inflatable liner. These pools are a popular choice for homeowners looking for a budget-friendly option but are generally smaller and less durable than in-ground pools. See this above-ground pool installation by our Landscaping Consultants.
Small Pools / Plunge Pools
A plunge pool is exactly that: a pool that’s big enough to plunge your glistening body into to cool off when the heat of summer becomes unbearable. Read our dedicated article on them here.
In order to maintain water quality pools require a filtration and sanitization system. There are a number of ways to achieve this depending on your pool size, expected usage, and any specific health requirements you may have. Systems include standard chlorination, silver/copper and salt. All pools will require a level of ongoing cleaning and maintenance. When you are considering the different types of swimming pools, talk to our Zones swimming pool designers about the ongoing maintenance and cleaning that will be required and plan ahead for this.
The process differs from site to site, so it’s hard to forecast exactly how long it takes to install a swimming pool before the team has seen your property and discussed your choice of the pool. At Zones, we offer a free one-hour consultation on site and following that we will be able to show you a design concept and give you a budget range indication with an idea of timelines as well. To give you a broad idea, the installation time for a fiberglass pool can take up to a week whereas a concrete pool can take up to six weeks to be completed.
Installing the pool shell itself is only one part of the project. There is engineering and foundation work to be considered, as well as retaining and fencing and necessary consents. The pool itself needs to be able to be emptied, so adequate drainage should be designed into the pool system. If the pool is going to be installed in close proximity to the house or the soil type of the site is unstable this requires some extra thought in terms of the engineering design.
When you are working with a Zones landscaping designer, they can help you integrate your pool seamlessly into your overall landscape design. It’s about selecting the right shapes and materials that are appropriate for your home, and that will help you make the most of your pool. The pool design should reflect the function and purpose you are intending it for. Is it a pool for kids to jump into? Is it a lap pool to stay fit? You could integrate your pool into your deck or paved entertainment area. Also consider lighting and other pool-related furniture such as lounge chairs, shade sails or even a pool house.
Benefits of Salt Water Pools:
Benefits of Chlorine Pools:
In summary, whether saltwater or traditional chlorine is "better" depends on your preferences, priorities, and the swimming experience you desire.
Design and Planning: Begin by consulting with pool designers and experts in Tauranga to discuss your pool requirements and preferences. They will help you select the right type of pool, design, and size, considering factors such as available space, budget, and desired features.
Permitting: Before any construction begins, it's essential to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from local authorities. Your pool builders in Tauranga will guide you through this process to ensure compliance with local regulations.
Excavation: The installation starts with excavation, where the designated area for your pool is dug out to the required depth and shape. Inground pool builders near you will handle this step meticulously to ensure proper dimensions.
Pool Shell Installation: Depending on your choice of pool (fiberglass, concrete, or other), the pool shell is installed. Fiberglass pools are often delivered as pre-fabricated shells and placed into the excavated area, while concrete pools involve constructing the framework and applying the pool's shell material.
Plumbing and Electrical: Swimming pool builders in Tauranga will then install the necessary plumbing and electrical systems, including filtration, circulation, heating, and lighting, ensuring the pool functions smoothly.
Decking and Surroundings: Pool landscaping and decking are crucial for aesthetics and functionality. Builders will create the pool deck, walkways, and any additional features like waterfalls or fountains to complement your pool's design.
Filling and Testing: After construction, the pool is filled with water, and its systems are tested to ensure proper functionality and safety. Builders swimming pool experts will make any necessary adjustments.
Finishing Touches: The final step involves adding finishing touches like pool fencing, safety features, and pool accessories to enhance both the appearance and safety of your pool area.
Now you know what the process looks like to install a pool, you can read about the process of working with Zones here.
Generally speaking, every pool requires a building consent from the council – unless it is a spa pool or a swim spa (under 5 square meters) with a lockable cover. There are also some exceptions for above-ground pools that are self-fencing and higher than 1.2 meters above ground. All building work needs to comply with the building act and include pool safety fencing. The Zones team can assist you with the compliance process.
If you would like to discuss options and ideas for your outdoor renovation project, please use the enquiry form on this page to provide us with your contact details. We will get in touch with you at a time that suits you to discuss your landscaping design and build. If you would like to provide us with more information about your project, we have a more comprehensive enquiry form on our "Get in touch" page too.