Gone are days when swimming pools can only be found in affluent subdivisions such as Forbes Park in Makati or Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa. These days, with just a little space (preferably in the backyard!), creativity, and know-how, there are numerous ways on how you can have your very own here in the Philippines. Whether you want a long one to do laps or an above-ground type for the kids to play around in, you can browse through our collection of images and articles or even contact one of professionals for expert advice via our free consultation page!
The prices for ingrounds in the Philippines differ depending on the size. Also, we need to factor in things such as lights, salt system, solar blanket, as well as choice of tiles! For starters, a basic swimming pool will cost you around ₱400,000, and this includes excavation, plumbing, electricity, and, of course, the construction permit, which is the most important. Low on budget? You can also try building a small plunge pool, like this one from Casa Santiago 49, built by the professionals from Taller Estilo Arquitectura.
While swimming area offer lots of fun for the family, especially in the Philippines’s hot summer, accidents are also very probable. Some of the most common accidents that occur are drowning, slip injuries, electrocution, and brain injury. If you want to have one for your home but have children and pets, there are many ways, however, on how you can prevent disastrous events from happening. Covers or nets are a great idea because they don’t just help make yours stay clean, but it also keeps children or pets from falling in it while unattended. Also, make sure you have safety equipment around the backyard area, such as a life preserver, salba bida, or a rescue pole.
Okay, making it last a lifetime may be wishful thinking, but there are many ways to make yours last for more or less 25 years before you have to renovate it. Having a net or cover helps it from becoming dirty faster, but automatic cleaners are also good idea (and more convenient!). During the summer, when people are more likely to go for a swim, it’s best to have regular chlorine and pH level tests. Finally, we also advise to run a vacuum or an automated model to clean the bottom.
So, now you have your pool. What’s next? Decorating the areas around it, of course! If you have enough backyard space, having a lounge or barbecue area are always good ideas for Filipino homes. That would totally make it the perfect venue for those yearly family reunions or birthday parties! Wood patios always look great, but a cheaper option is to build a terrace or outdoor kitchen area using concrete. Add some rustic furnishings like rattan chairs and maybe a hammock and you’re ready to send the invites out for the next handaan!
Concrete and fiberglass are certainly the most common materials used. The former, of course, is the cheaper option in the Philippines. It is also the most flexible because you are able to customize your design, whether you want a free-form one or infinity. Meanwhile, if you are a little pressed for time and have a deadline for your project, the latter is the more efficient option as it is often pre-moulded and can be installed instantly onsite!