Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TAKING THE PLUNGE -

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.

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