If you're choosing to have a lap pool installed, then you'll want to make sure the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. One or two lane lap pools are moderately sized, so they are a popular option for smaller properties. However, you need to consider more than just the area that will be taken up by the pool when planning an installation.
Having building work carried out in a small property brings many unique challenges, so it's best to be as prepared as possible. You'll need to consider the logistics of fitting all the equipment and materials needed for the installation into your home or garden. Here's how you can prepare as thoroughly as possible and avoid any nasty surprises.
Decide on the pool size
To allow for comfortable swimming, a lap pool should be at least 8 feet wide and 45 feet long. This is the absolute minimum, and you may prefer a pool that allows you more room to move freely. Decide on the right size by assessing your needs and measuring the area where the pool will go. Remember to leave enough room to get in and out comfortably.
The more floor space there is around the pool, the better, particularly if you're planning on an indoor installation. You should contact your contractor to confirm how much space they will need to work in. Different contractors will use different installation methods, so some may need less space than others. Don't be afraid to shop around and get a few different quotes.
Create a floor plan
Once you've made sure that there's enough room for the installation in the area where the pool will be, you'll need to consider the route to the area. Is there enough room for your contractor to easily transport all of the necessary materials and equipment? You should keep an eye out for narrow corridors or doorways, as these can be a potential barrier.
Making a floor plan of your house will help you to decide on the best route to the installation area. For an outdoor installation, you can keep mess to a minimum by making sure that there's an outdoor route to your garden. If this isn't possible, then asking neighbors with adjacent land to allow you to pass through while the work is carried out may be an option.
Ask for advice
If you're feeling a little overwhelmed and aren't sure whether you even have enough room for a lap pool installation, ask an experienced contractor for help. They'll be able to look around your home and scout out the best areas for a pool, and you can be reassured that they'll also consider the space needed for the installation process. You might be surprised—even the smallest of properties can often house a fully-functional lap pool.