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Do you need an architect to build a swimming pool in the UK?

For a lot of swimming pool projects, an architect will be the starting point. In this blog, we will explain whether you need an architect or not for your swimming pool installation.  

Do you need an architect for an outside pool?  

For an outside swimming pool, it is unlikely that you would need to hire an architect. However, you will need drawings and structural drawings as part of the building warrant application process. You don’t need an architect for structural drawings.  

Will you need an architect to install an indoor swimming pool?  

You should hire an architect to install an indoor swimming pool. They will usually involve the construction of an extension or new build. However, architects are a crucial part of any construction project and they have the necessary skills needed to help you with anything. In our opinion, an architect will help the entire process, which will result in a smoother building process and less stress.  

Benefits of hiring an architect for your pool  

Architects will be able to help you with:  

  • Drawings and design 
  • Planning permission 
  • Structural analysis  
  • Building warrants  
  • Help you save money when the construction begins  
  • Outlining building schedule  
  • Onsite supervision of the construction  
  • Liaising with contractors  

How close to the boundary can you build?  

When installing a swimming pool, you need to make sure that you are following protocols and laws. The pool can be at least 1m from the boundary line. And the landscape between the boundary line and the pool to enhance the overall appearance of the space.  

Can you build a swimming pool without planning permission?  

Homeowners with large enough garden space can build an outdoor pool under permitted development rights. Swimming pools are covered by class e for householders and can be built without planning permission as long as you stay within the regulations.  

How much does it cost to install a swimming pool?  

The lowest price for a professionally installed outdoor pool starts at around £15,000, but for this price, you’ll probably get a small pool. However, an average-sized pool would cost around £40,000 or so.  

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Swimming Pools: Things You Need To Know

There are 3 types of in ground swimming pools  

  • Concrete  
  • Vinyl-lined 
  • Fiberglass 

Concreate pools 

Concrete swimming pools take longer to install than most. Generally, it takes between 3-12 weeks. However concrete pools are the strongest and most durable. Unlike other types of pools, existing concrete pools can be remodelled, enlarged and updated. 

Vinyl pools 

Vinyl pools are made from a performed flexible liner that fits into the evacuated hole. It’s secured to a reinforced frame made of steel, aluminium or non-corrosive polymer. The majority of vinyl pools are rectangular. Its takes about 1-3 weeks to construct this pool. When wanting a vinyl pool, you must be aware that pool toys, pets and sharp objects can puncture the liner, needing it to be replaced. 

Fiberglass pools 

Fiberglass pools are factory moulded into one giant bowl, which is set into the evacuated hole by a crane. Pools made from fiberglass can be installed much faster than other pools. It can take as little as 3 days. Fiberglass pools are extremely durable and stain resistant. However, fiberglass pools come in fewer sizes and shapes meaning you may not be able to have one if you have a small or uniquely shaped back garden. 

Frequently asked questions about  

What is the most efficient way to heat pools? 

If you want an energy efficient way to heat your pool, you should consider using a pump pool heater in mild climates. Solar water heaters are cost competitive with other types of water heaters and have low annual operating costs. 

Which is better a heat pump or gas heater for pools? 

Heat pump heaters cost more than gas pool heaters. Gas pump heaters typically have lower annual operating costs because of their higher efficiencies. However, with decent maintenance heat pump heaters last longer than gas pool heaters. 

Is a heated swimming pool worth it? 

Pool heaters have potential to be an incredibly worthwhile investment if you want to use your pool all year round. 

What is a conventional boiler? 

Conventional boilers provide both heating and hot water with the use of a cold-water tank and hot water cylinder. 

Do solar rings work to heat a pool? 

Most solar-rings can absorb up the top 50% of the sun’s energy to heat water in your swimming pool. 

How efficient are pool heaters? 

Pool heaters can operate between 80-90% efficiency. 

When should I start heating my pool? 

Using the heater only when the water clips below a certain point keeps the energy consumption down. For the average person, a pool that is at 78 degrees or higher is comfortable. 

Cheaper ways to heat your swimming pool 

  • Use of solar cover 
  • Pool heat pump 
  • Solar sun rings 
  • Combine a solar cover and heat pump 
  • Liquid solar pool cover 
  • Black hose trick 
  • Windproof pool enclosure  

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