Considering A Pool Home In Naples, Florida?
Are you considering purchasing a home in Naples or Marco Island with a pool? If yes, then you may want to research pool types and home floor plans that enable indoor/outdoor living. The floor plan will be important depending on how you prefer to utilize the pool and outdoor area. For example, some pool owners in Florida prefer to have screen enclosures over their pool.
Pool Home Preference
My preference is to not have screen enclosures. Some of you may think, “Wait! No screen to keep the mosquitos, squirrels and snakes out of the pool area?” That’s right! There are additional maintenance issues that come along with having a screen enclosure in Florida and my preference is to have a clear view of the sky from the pool. In addition, the sun heats the pool more effectively without a screen and even if you have a screen, there’s no guarantee that bugs and other animals won’t infiltrate the pool area. I’ve seen palm rats and squirrels chew right through screens to get in to take a drink! Of course, there are good reasons to have a screened in pool. For example, if you live on a lake or have a nature preserve in your back yard then you may have more bugs than other neighborhoods. Either way, a pool is can be essential during Florida summers.
Pool Types and Home Floor Plans
Interested in access to the pool from the kitchen and master or guest bedroom? Then check out some of these floor plans below and how you gain access to the pool area. These floor plans will give you an idea of some options that exist out there today.
Something to consider when building a new pool is the construction choices. You can choose from a cement wall pool with vinyl liner, fiberglass pools, gunite pools or steel wall vinyl liner pools. In Florida, gunite (concrete and water mixed at nozzle point) and shotcrete (premixed concrete and water blown via nozzle) pools or pools with rebar framework and sprayed concrete sand mixture are the most popular for durability and longer lasting.
Pools and Home Values
How does having a pool affect the value of my home? If you live in Florida or any other tropical climate then having a pool may increase the value of your home up to 7% or more depending on the age of the pool. If selling the home, you’ll be competing with other homes in the neighborhood that don’t have pools and this can give you an added advantage against the homes without pools.
Pool Build Process
The entire process of the pool build can take anywhere from 8 weeks to several months depending on the company you use, size of pool and deck and weather. Be prepared for your front and back yard to be torn up by the heavy machinery thats are used to excavate the land. Here is a photo of what my backyard looked like when they started to dig to prep the pool for rebar and concrete.
The final result for our pool took about 6 months from start to finish. Some of the delays we had included labor delays due to COVID-19 and inspection delays. In addition to the pool design and deck design we had the option of installing a screen cage. We decided to pay for the concrete footings that would allow us to install a cage if we wanted to at a later date but currently have no enclosure and love it. If we sell the home someday then we can let buyers know there are already footings in place for a screen enclosure. This will make the whole process cheaper and easier for buyers that want to install a screened enclosure.
Naples Park Pool Completion
So how did the pool turn out? We love the shell stone deck and design of the pool. Couldn’t be happier. In addition, consider getting the Pentair mobile application to run all the pool equipment from afar as you may want to heat up the spa on your way home from work or from the comfort of your couch!contact me directly to discuss some of the best pool vendors around the Naples and Marco Island area.