Since deciding to build, one question that keeps coming up is whether or not we are going to put in a pool. Of course, my answer is very quickly, yes! Henry, on the other hand is leaning towards no.
I truly don’t think it’s because he doesn’t like having a pool. He certainly enjoys it just as much as we do. His answer is stemming from the financial end of things. He feels like it doesn’t add any value to our home on paper. I have to say, with having a recent appraisal we found this to be true.
Even though the pool doesn’t show up as adding value to numbers on an appraisal, I think it’s a great asset to a home. I’m going to point out some of the pros of having a pool.
What better way to get exercise than in your own pool. Having a pool provides us a place right in our back yard to be able to keep us and the kids healthy. Swimming is a great way to get a low impact workout and lap swimming increases hear rate. It allows you to get aerobic activity that takes less pressure off your muscles and joints.
The kids love playing ball, riding bikes, etc, but in the middle of 95 degree summer weather, this is sometimes impossible. A pool provides a cool and fun exercise activity in the middle of the extreme heat.
For us older ones, it also offers a mental health escape. It’s so relaxing after a hard days work to jump into the pool and swim a few laps.
Having a pool offers a great place for friends and family to gather. Whether it be a cookout out by the pool or a kids birthday party, it’s always a gathering place to have fun. We have used our pool and pool area for many occasions like this in the past.
A pool area is the perfect place to have a birthday party. The kids are entertained with pool games and just swimming. There’s really no need to plan for many activities. With some food, music, and the pool itself, the entertainment takes care of itself.
We also use our current pool area for cookouts. This doesn’t necessarily mean we will swim, but the pool provides great ambiance. It’s just a great area for entertaining and relaxing.
As I have already mentioned, a pool can add great ambiance to your outdoor living area. If done correctly, it can be very aesthetically pleasing to a home and enhance the visual appearance.
With both pools we installed, we made sure that each one fit the look and feel of the home. It wasn’t just a pool, it was an escape. It was an area we could relax in and enjoy.
With landscaping, greenery, flowers, and maybe even a waterfall, a pool can be you own little escape. The pool itself is great, but what surrounds it really makes the area.
Family Memories and Fun
The last and most important part I love about having a pool is the family time and memories. If I haven’t been convincing on the other points, maybe this will hit home.
A pool for us has a been a place we have made so many memories – just us four. From water gun fights, to late night swims, I think we’ve created the most memories around a pool. Yes, these can be made anywhere, but this area has given us a special place to make them – a place that is our area to relax and have fun as a family. It keeps us entertained while laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
So even if I can’t convince Henry to go for a pool on this next house, maybe I can help someone else make the decision on whether or not to put one in!