Designs & Blueprints
OWNER BUILDER POOL PROJECTS MADE EASY
POOL DESIGN PACKAGES
Three pool plan packages to meet your specific needs.
If you want to build your own pool, Designs by POOLAID is here to help. We create your renderings and pool plans with all your pool and spa and landscaping design needs in mind.
The three different pool plan packages below are designed to get you ready, so you can start building your swimming pool and unique poolside area now.
Contact us for your pool design planning needs.
ABOUT DESIGNS BY POOLAID
After a combined 50+ years of custom pool building throughout the Mid-West and South-West United States, our founders believe it is time to share their extensive knowledge and experience with homeowners who are looking to undertake the, sometimes daunting, task of owner/builder pool construction.
With our help, you will be able to build the pool of your dreams with confidence, knowing that the creative guesswork and technical aspects of your project have been taken care of by the professional pool builders and designers at Designs by PoolAid. You’ll have a pool designed specifically for your needs and wants and an opportunity to lower your cost as an owner/builder.
It is our mission at Designs by PoolAid to assist homeowners in creating the swimming pool of their dreams through creativity, affordability, and a proven process.
WHY CHOOSE POOLAID?
Design by POOLAID has years of experience in swimming design, pool blueprints and pool layout plans. Our design team creates your pool plans based on your needs, preferences, and budget.
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Check out some of our completed projects followed by 3d renderings to give you a glimpse of what’s possible.
Concepts & Inpirations
The design process for creating an ideal backyard oasis involves a thoughtful exploration of concepts and inspiration. As you navigate through the possibilities, consider pool shapes that fit your lifestyle and your backyard dimensions seamlessly. Whether you lean towards the sleek lines of a modern rectangle or the organic curves of a freeform design, choosing a pool shape that complements both your aesthetic taste and the spatial constraints of your backyard ensures a harmonious integration into your outdoor living space.
With professional blueprints from DESIGNS BY POOLAID, you’ll have the foundation you need to finish your pool project. You’ll also get a task list of everything you’ll need to do to complete your project. With your DIY pool plans and our checklist, you’ll know exactly what to do next!
Our goal is to draw you the design for your pool of your dreams. You’ll get a set of pool engineering plans of the final design, project specs, and a project binder to keep your subcontractor quotes, permits, HOA application, and other paperwork.
You also get access to our team of designers, our design library, and a video library to help you through the design phase. You’ll also get a fly over video and 2D renderings of your project to help you visualize your dream backyard.
We have designed many water features, fire features, bench setups, jet configurations, and many other luxury features for our clients. These extra design features can make your pool uniquely your own!
Before you think your idea is too wild, ask us if we can design it. You’d be surprised at some of the features we’ve done!
With your purchase, you get one revision of your plans. Revisions past the first will add on additional costs. We can speak with you about these costs if you feel it’s necessary.
We recommend taking your time with your first set of drawings to get the design right. Then, if a permit or HOA problem comes up, you can use your included revision to tweak your design to meet the legal requirements.
The rules for permits can change dramatically from state to state and even city to city, and every HOA is unique. Part of your responsibility as an owner-builder is pulling permits and getting HOA approvals for your project. By getting your pool blueprints first, you’re much more likely to get approvals. We value our customers and always strive to guide them throughout the ground establishment process.
All of our pool designs use shotcrete for the foundation. We do not do designs for fiberglass pools or vinyl pools. Shotcrete is simply concrete sprayed onto a surface covered in a reinforcing structure.
Diving boards are one of the few special features we cannot add to your pool design. Insurance companies see diving boards as an enormous opportunity for liability. Your premiums will go up significantly if you have one.
Plus, your pool will have to be dug far deeper than the usual pool so divers won’t hit their head on the concrete. Digging deeper brings its own set of dangers and expenses. You’ll need to add and treat far more water, plus size your plumbing and electrical to handle that much water. There is also a greater risk for drowning.
Trust us, a diving board is a feature you don’t want!
Designs By Pool Aid does not do designs for remodeling existing pools.
We do not have a minimum size, but there is a point where the space is too small to swim properly. We can design spa features that are perfect for small yards. These are great for relaxation and socializing.
An owner-builder is someone who owns property and takes the lead on a construction project. They perform the role of the general contractor and oversee the work of general contractors. You do not need any construction experience to be an owner-builder!
Successful owner-builders have strong organizational and communication skills. They have to hire subcontractors, take care of any legalities like permits and HOA approvals, schedule the work, balance budgets, and handle any issues that arise. The buck stops with you!
This is a tough question to answer because all markets are different and there are so many differences between pools. We recommend speaking with a realtor about this issue. But there are a few things we’ve noticed.
Depending on where you live, a pool can be an attractive feature or a huge turnoff for a potential buyer. It can truly be a make-or-break feature. Pools are extremely popular in the southern regions of the United States to help deal with the hot weather. A home without a pool is much harder to sell in these areas.
Being an owner-builder can save you a lot of money on your pool project, and you’ll get full control on the design (within the limits of code) and how the job is done. Most owner-builders want to save money by cutting out the general contractor.
If you do your research first and you have professional pool blueprints, you’ll have an excellent shot at getting your pool installed for far less than by hiring a pool contractor.
Owner-builders are required to follow the same rules as general contractors. Your state or city may have specific requirements you’ll need to follow to get an owner-builder permit. For outdoor structures like pools, the code rules are largely the same throughout the country and you likely won’t need to attend classes.
That depends on your credit and your lender, but by getting swimming pool blueprints and specifications on your project first, you can show your lender the scope of the project and help them estimate costs. Professional drawings also show lenders you’re taking your construction job seriously.
Never hire a subcontractor that isn’t licensed and insured. You will want to get the insurance information of any subcontractor first to verify before hiring them. If a subcontractor ruins your project, you’ll need that information!
You should also speak with your homeowner’s insurance company to see if there are coverage options for owner-builders. You’ll have to pay more, but you’ll pay a lot more if something goes wrong and you don’t have coverage.
The best way to find subcontractors is to get a recommendation from someone who has used them. Another way is the internet, search engines and reviews will be very helpful. We recommend you always hire insured, licensed and bonded subcontractors.
The rules for building a pool near a house can vary depending on where you live. However, the national standard requires swimming pools to be three feet away from your house’s exterior walls and 10 feet away from a neighbor’s house. Make sure to create pool engineering plans before building one.
There are a few factors to consider when designing a swimming pool. These include the size and type of the pool, the materials used for construction, the location of the pool, and the pool’s intended use. Other important considerations for pool blueprints include the pool’s depth, the type of filtration and sanitation system to be used, and any safety features that may be needed.
Rectangular-shaped pools are the most affordable because of their simple pool design plans and straight angles. Building one also doesn’t require as much expertise compared to curved and freeform pools. Because pool builders spend less time and use less equipment to build this type of pool, they won’t charge you as much as other swimming pool designs and plans.
With DESIGNS BY POOLAID you can create different types of pool plans. We’ll make it easier for you to design your swimming pool by streamlining various factors like the size and shape of the pool, the location, and any additional features or accessories you want to include.
Our system will ensure that the swimming pool design you produce is feasible and meets all necessary safety and building code requirements.
It is generally cheaper to build a pool yourself since you won’t be paying for labor and other fees. DESIGNS BY POOL AID can help you save money while turning your pool plan design into reality. Our system provides a wide selection of easy-to-follow blueprints to help you build your dream pool. Our swimming pool plans also have clear instructions that will walk you through the all steps of building a swimming pool in your backyard.
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