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Planning a Swimming Pool

A swimming pool can transform your backyard and your lifestyle. And with a bit of careful planning, you'll be able to create a functional, visually appealing space that makes the most of your outdoor living area.

These are the main factors you should consider when planning and designing your swimming pool:

Location & Orientation

How will the sun, shade and wind affect your swimming pool? To help heat retention, choose a spot that gets plenty of sun, isn't obstructed by buildings or large trees, and has some wind protection. Nearby trees and other plants can be a source of leaves and insects, so it's best to install your pool away from vegetation.

Council approval

Any swimming pool that contains more than 300mm of water and uses a water filter needs to have council approval before it can be installed. Once you've decided on the pool design and location, you'll need to submit plans and specifications to your local council. Your pool supplier should be able to help you with your application.


Across New Zealand, pool safety regulations require that every swimming pool is surrounded by a childproof safety fence. You can choose from several types of fences, but you need to make sure that it meets relevant New Zealand Standard safety requirements. It's also a good idea to choose a pool location that's easy to supervise.

Pool Size & Style

The type of pool you select will depend on a number of factors, including the size and layout of your backyard, how many people will use it, how, and how often you plan to use it. If you intend to do laps, you'll generally need a longer and deeper pool.

Aesthetic Features

Whether you choose to make your pool the focal point of your backyard or create a harmonious outdoor environment, you should consider the aesthetic aspects of your overall design. The house architecture, garden design, lighting, water features and waterfalls will all impact your choice of pool design.

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