There is more to a garden pool than just being a regular pool placed in a garden. In fact, garden pools are one of the most common pools in the Philippines, because, apart from the fact that Filipinos love us some gardens, we also enjoy a little dip in the water when the temperature rises. Combining the two, garden pools are born. And, are they glorious! This type of pool can take on any style, size, or form, but the most common would have to be small, plunge pool-sized ones that are cheaper and easier to build, especially in the country, where pools were once thought of as a luxury reserved to only the privileged. If you are interested in having one for your home, here is everything you need to know, from its planning to construction:
First things first, you need a construction/building permit. Any form of change, construction or renovation made in a property requires this as mandated by the National Building Code of the Philippines to ensure that safety and quality are met. You can get all the application forms and requirements from your city or municipality’s Office of the Building Official. You can take some of the papers to your architect and engineer for them to sign and confirm that they have checked the standards of your renovation. Once the application is approved, you then have to make your payment at the treasurer’s office and wait for final approval, which approximately takes 10 business days.
The answer is a resounding yes. The size and quality of the land on which you are planning to build the garden pool is key to a successful result! For starters, you have to make sure that you have enough space to carry out the prerequisite excavations dedicated to recirculation and water filter systems. Also, since you are building your pool in the garden area, make sure that you avoid building it too close to vegetation, especially trees that have the tendency to grow really big such as Mango, Balete, or Narra, as the roots can cause foundation damage when they grow.
The cost of building a pool in the Philippines depends on the size, style, and materials you want to use for your garden project. If you are planning to build a plunge pool, then the cost would naturally be lower than normal-sized pool, one that is Olympic sized, or the more luxurious infinity pool, which we often see in resorts and villas. Adding up the fees for permits, excavation, bedding, plumbing, electrical work, as well as manpower, building one for your home can set you back at around 500,000 pesos or 18 thousand pesos per square meters.
Gone are the days when swimming pools are only for the privileged. These days, anyone can build their own pool in their garden or backyard, with just a little know-how, a lot of research, and very careful planning. A good option for people on a budget can be mini pools or aboveground pools. While inground pools are the most common and more efficient, abovegrounds are gaining popularity because not only are they inexpensive, but they are also portable and easy to transport; some of them can even be inflatable or built with PVC.
There are many avenues to take if you are looking for inspiration for your home project. Aside from the numerous magazines and books dedicated to this topic, you can also go online and find the exact details you need for your design, or simply go on homify! We offer thousands and thousands of photos related to home and design, which you can peruse and save using our ideabook feature. It’s very easy. You can check our pools section if you want to see some of the most beautiful ones from all over the world! Apart from that, you also get the chance to write to our professionals, from pool specialists to landscape architects, based in the Philippines or other parts of the world, via our free consultation page.