Things to consider when planning a swimming pool:
How and where you place your pool can hugely influence end costs. Take advantage of planning your pool at a finished height and place it that best suits your site.
There are always compromises to be made. Privacy, sunlight, interaction with the house and usability are all factors. A landscaper made the comment that every step further away from your house decreases your pool usage by 5%.
Durability and simplicity are paramount for a good pool. Different pool lighting can add ambience.
You will need to employ an engineer to structurally design your pool. We can provide and recommend an Engineer whom we have a strong working relationship with. You would provide him with a legal description of your site. If you include a site plan with the design, you will not need separate site plans to present to Council for the consents required (ie resource consent).
The bottom or depth of the pool floor dictates how you will use it and we have strong opinions on this. Also using our preferred engineer and our suggested design locations have at times saved owners several thousand to tens of thousands by taking practical design approaches.
Taking into account all of this advice, you should now have enough information to get a firm quote and be well on your way to your new pool!