Planning for a Pool in Winter

If you’re considering adding a pool to your home or property, then the best time of the year to do it is during the winter. Not only will this give you the time you need to really think things through, but it will also help you replace that chilly winter dreariness with dreams of sunshine and crystal blue waters.

It may feel a bit overwhelming to get started on a plan as big as a pool installation, but with just a few pointers, you should feel a lot more comfortable. We’ve got those pointers and much more for you right here in this winter pool planning guide.

Important Considerations When Planning Your Pool

A residential backyard with a rectangular above-ground swimming pool surrounded by wooden decking, and greenery.

You’ll be making an array of decisions regarding your pool’s size, placement, design, materials, and more during your planning process. Here are some important details regarding the biggest of those decisions.

Determining a Budget

It’s no secret that swimming pools represent a significant investment, but they do come in a range of prices, and there are ways to reduce costs if you plan carefully. It’s crucial to determine a rough budget before getting started so that you can narrow down your search for the perfect pool.

Placement of Your Pool

You’ll likely favor privacy and convenience over almost all else when it comes to choosing where your pool will reside, but there are some other important factors to consider, too.

For instance, there are safety regulations and local ordinances that can limit your options for pool placement, and you’ll want to avoid installing your pool too close to any utilities on your property.

Choosing a Style

It’s important to learn all the ins and outs of the different styles of inground pools in order to make a fully informed decision during the planning process.

Inground pools come in three main materials: vinyl, concrete, and fiberglass. Each of them comes with their own unique advantages, as well as some potential drawbacks.

For instance, vinyl-lined pools are more affordable up front, but the liners must be replaced every 10 years or so. Concrete pools, on the other hand, are more expensive but offer almost free rein when it comes to shapes and sizes.


A kidney-shaped swimming pool with water is surrounded by a wooden deck and white railing, set against a backdrop of green trees.

The list of fun and convenient potential additions to your pool is nearly endless. Perhaps you want to add a slide for the kids (or yourself), some diving rocks, a staircase, a tanning ledge, unique jets, or a waterfall — maybe even all of the above. This is a fun aspect of pool planning, but it requires careful research, so make sure to look into all of your options.

Pool Deck or Patio

What will you surround your pool with? There are plenty of options, and they all have great advantages, but there may be one that’s most advantageous to you in particular.

Maybe you’ll want to go semi-inground and then surround your pool with an elevated deck, or maybe you’d rather go full inground with some beautiful masonry to elevate the area’s aesthetics. It’s all up to you and your family.

There’s plenty more to think about when it comes to your pool area, too. You can add some beautiful landscaping and comfortable furniture to improve both the form and function of the area, and you can bring in some storage for added convenience.

Make sure to look into all of your options so that your pool is truly complete by the time it’s ready for swimming.

Get Started on Your Pool Planning This Winter

If you need help planning out your new pool this winter, reach out to Performance Pools today. We can get you started and then guide you through the entire process!