want to locate it close to the house and possibly fitting into existing hard landscaping, such as a terrace or courtyard.
The alternative is to site it well away from the house and screen it with plants or even a wall. If you choose the latter option, consider whether children will be using it, and how easily they can be supervised if the pool is screened from the house.
And keep in mind that the further away from the house the pool is, the greater the cost of connecting it to services such as power and water.
Whatever the choice, consider whether the area will be sunny and sheltered from the wind.
Make sure there are no trees that will cause problems by dropping leaves and debris into the water – you want to spend the summer swimming, not cleaning the pool.
It’s a good idea to peg the pool out to give you an idea of its impact on the landscape. Then you can make adjustments to its placement so that it works well with other ele- ments of the outdoor living space. You can also see how much garden space is left over.
A big pool sounds great, but it won’t enhance your property if it dominates the garden and there are no other areas where kids can play or adults relax.