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Does Building a Pool Help or Hurt Your Property Value?

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Does Building a Pool Help or Hurt Your Property Value?

After building their dream house, homeowners always look for different ways to spice up their backyard area. One of the most common ways of upgrading your backyard is building a pool. Although costly, swimming pools are fantastic add-ons to your property. They offer a wide range of aesthetic and functional benefits. Not to mention, a swimming pool helps you cool down under the summer heat. At no time in the history of inground pools have swimming pools been more popular than they have become in the last two years.

Does Building a Pool Help or Hurt Your Property Value?

Nevertheless, swimming pools are very costly. They incorporate high initial and lifetime costs. And this can discourage you from installing this spectacular feature. Before building a pool in your backyard space, it is important to analyze your requirements. From there, weigh the pros and cons of constructing a swimming pool. Doing this helps you know whether building the pool is a good idea.

In case you didn’t know, swimming pools help you increase your home’s value. On average, a swimming pool can increase your home’s value by 7%. Needless to say, this percentage is not enough to help you recover all initial pool construction costs. But you are at a higher chance of obtaining higher profits when you sell your home.

First, calculate the total construction costs & payments

The first thing you need to do is calculate the initial pool construction costs. Doing this helps you know whether your pool helps or hurts your property value. Pool experts often report that building a pool costs approximately $30,000 to $90,000. Of course, this cost varies depending on various factors. In this context, let’s deal with a 600 square foot concrete pool that costs approximately $30,000. It’s also important to factor in the cost of financing if you will be getting a loan to pay for construction you should know what your pool loan payments will be ahead of time.

The maintenance costs of building a pool in your yard

Aside from the initial construction costs of building a pool, a majority of states will require you to put up safety features like covers and fences. Also, you have to install other pool equipment and water features. Keep in mind that all these pool features need maintenance and increase your electricity bills. For instance, your pool pump and heater can raise your monthly electricity bills by approximately $100. There are many other costs involved during pool maintenance that you need to put into consideration.

During the swimming pool peak season, you are likely to spend approximately $800 to keep the pool in good condition. Set aside $25 to $50 for weekly pool maintenance if you use your pool throughout the year. Unfortunately, neglecting your pool is detrimental. If you don’t take good care of your pool, you will experience common pool problems like algae and stains. Ultimately, maintaining a pool is very expensive. So, ensure you evaluate all the lifetime costs of the pool before construction. This way, you’ll be able to know whether building a pool makes sense.

A Home-Selling Obstacle or Feature?

Your pool construction costs determine the selling price of your home. Homes with swimming pools are more costly. However, they may not attract a lot of buyers. Some potential buyers may consider a swimming pool as a liability. On the other hand, some may consider pools a luxury. It all depends on the location of your home.

Although not in every instance, in this particular climate a pool improves your property’s value by 7%. However, below are some of the conditions for this to happen.

  1. If you stay in an area where most properties have pools, this is basically a first-class neighborhood.
  2. Swimming pools in warmer regions like Florida are more likely to increase your property’s value. Very few people are likely to buy pools in colder areas.
  3. A pool increases your home’s value by up to 7% if it does not consume a lot of space in your yard. If there is still space for homeowners to add other features, you attract more prospective buyers.
  4. If the pool design complements the nature of your yard, your pool is likely to increase your property’s value by up to 7%. Also, the pool has to be in good shape for it to raise your home’s value.

At the end of the day, if you’re considering building a pool, don’t look at it as an investment. Instead, focus on all the amazing benefits offered by the pool. Remember, swimming pools are excellent sources of fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. Nevertheless, you have to be ready for all the maintenance costs that come with this spectacular feature.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool

Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps

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Cantilevered Pool Design - The Hubertus Pool is the jewel of the Alps

Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.

At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.

Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps.
Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps. Photo Credit: Booking.com

The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.

Swimmers tell of experiencing an illusion that they are swimming in space. Photo Credit: Hotels.com

Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.

Hubertus Hotel Pool
Hubertus Hotel Pool – Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – Sorafurcia BZ, Italy

The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.

Guests enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas while relaxing in the cantilevered pool.

From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.

ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Massive supports hold up the 82 foot long cantilevered pool which has ignited social media. Photo Credit: Casalgrande Padana

Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.

Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool
Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool – Photo Credit: *noa – network of architecture

Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus

Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104

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The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life

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The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

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In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square

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In town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square Park

We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.

In town for the Pool & Spa Expo? Visit Thanks-giving Square – Photo Credit: Thanksgiving.org

In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square

The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.

An enormous chatterfall water feature helps drown out the noise and commotion of daily city life.

The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.

The Great Fountain provides a place to reflect and meditate in the center of the city.

The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.

The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.

Mosaic tile artwork by Norman Rockwell symbolizes unity and our spiritual connection as people.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.

The beautiful chapel features 73 panels of hand-crafted stained glass. Photo Credit – Marianne Trusty

VISITOR HOURS

Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only

Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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