Building a swimming pool is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. Let's face it, most of us have no idea when we first think of building a swimming pool, the huge range of options, sizes, shapes and finishes that are available.
Start your research by contacting your local state SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association) office either by phone or on line. Most will produce a magazine featuring award winning pools. Several magazines are available in Newsagents feature pool and garden design so look for these too.
If you are lucky enough to have an architect designing your home and swimming pool, discuss your wish list with him. If, like most of us, you are making the decisions yourself, go to retail pool shows held in most capital cities each year, look, feel and touch the various pool options.
Swimming pools style, design and type is a very personal decision and will reflect your house, surroundings, location, budget and most of all your personal taste. Some early research will help you narrow your choices to a manageable number where you can get seriously talking to small number of possible pool builders. Your pool builder will generally provide all the council and planning approvals required and explain any actions or items that are not provided by him.