If you’ve carefully weighed the pros and cons of installing a backyard water park (see Part 1 & 2) and you think there are more benefits than drawbacks for you, it’s finally time to get started. After talking it over with your family, you can decide which specific features you want to include. Here are some great ideas for you to consider. Be sure to thoroughly check out each one.
Make sure you have enough room in your budget as well as your yard for each feature you decide to add. If you can’t afford the whole water park in one season, you don’t have to put all the items in at once. You could start with the ones that are most important to you and then add more each season as you are financially able to do so.
Start with the Center of Attraction: the Main Pool
The first item of importance for your water park will be the pool. Depending on the size of your backyard as well as the amount of money you choose to invest, you could either go with one large pool or a series of different pools scattered throughout the yard. There are several different types of pools, and each one comes at a different price point.
Fiberglass pools are typically the most expensive to install. Their advantage is that they tend to be low maintenance. The gel coat on their interior surface is slip resistant and algae resistant. There’s also no liner to replace. On the downside, they do have definite limits when it comes to size and design. If you have a large, sprawling, or unconventional design in mind, you probably don’t want to go with fiberglass.
A less initially expensive option would be a vinyl liner pool. These liners are algae resistant and offer flexibility when it comes to size and shape. In spite of this initial savings, however, you’ll need to replace the liner in the not-so-distant future, which will be an added expense to keep in mind.
If you’re looking for flexibility when it comes to size and style, your ideal choice may be concrete. Concrete can be constructed in practically any shape or size. Because it has a porous surface, it won’t be as algae resistant as the other two options. This means it will require more time for maintenance and it will cost more for extra chemicals. Concrete pools also take longer to install than the other two options, as well as require resurfacing and renovations. In spite of these drawbacks, they’re a very popular choice for backyard water parks because of the design versatility they have to offer.
Pool Shape and Size
Depending on your personal taste and the size of your yard, you’ll want to plan out exactly how you’d like your main pool to look. Do you want an oblong pool, kidney-shaped pool, square or rectangular pool? Much of your decision will come down to the amount of space you have available. Remember to leave enough room in your yard for extra features besides the main pool if you want your space to mimic the appearance of a water park.
Once you have your main pool’s construction material, size, shape, and location figured out, you’ll be able to plan the rest of your mini water park around this central feature. In our next article we’ll move on from the main pool to some of the other exciting features you may choose to add to your backyard water park.
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