Nothing says luxury Florida living quite like a custom built pool in the backyard of a custom built home. Plenty of people love dreaming about a spa-like pool to complete their home. While it is a lovely addition to think about, does it work for you in reality? To help you make the best decision we’ve listed the top pros and cons to adding a pool to your new Sarasota home.


  • They cool you down in hot summers (and warm winters). If you live in a tropical location, like Florida, then a pool can be a great idea. When it seems too hot to go out and enjoy the sunny summer day, a pool is your cooling oasis.
  • They can add value to your home. While you might not be thinking about selling your custom dream home, a pool can increase your home’s value. Pools are especially valuable in warm climates. They’re a great idea if you live in a region with soaring temperatures and sunshine.
  • They create a pleasant view. Looking to dress up your backyard? If you find that the site of your custom home is less than dramatic, a pool can help. You can design your pool to incorporate landscape and natural elements in your yard.
  • They can be works of art or a fun hangout for the whole family. Who says you have to choose just one? Pools are just as customizable as your home, so build a slide, add jets, or integrate custom lighting.


  • They’re expensive to build. A custom pool can be a serious expense. They can run anywhere from $30,000 to over $100,000.
  • They come with more liability. Swimming pools can spell disaster for young children and pets. Adding one means adding a secure fence to keep out wandering kids from around the neighborhood. You might also want to add to your homeowner’s insurance to be safe.
  • They can attract wild critters. Gators love pools. So do geese, ducks, and bugs. Routine maintenance and a safe fence should keep these out, but do beware!
  • They require regular maintenance. Remember when we talked about added expenses? Once you’ve built the pool you’ll have to clean and repair it as needed.


Usually, building a pool in Longboat key, West of the Trail, Bird Key, and the surrounding areas in Florida is a great idea. When you’re ready to take the plunge, call Markley Construction for a free consultation.