Planning for a Pool
Things to Consider:
- How much pool can I afford?
- Is my yard suited to a pool?
- What zoning restrictions do I face?
- Who should install my pool and how long will it take?
- What should I know about safety and insurance?
Because these pools are installed rather than built they are more economical than in-ground pools to purchase.
The most basic above-ground pools, requiring no filtration equipment — also called splasher pools — will run as little as a few hundred dollars to $1000 for more substantial models.
Larger, more elaborate above-ground pools with filtration equipment will cost between $1,000-$8,000, excluding extras like decking, landscaping and accessories.
Design and construction costs make in-ground pools more expensive to build. In-ground pools with minimal patio surrounding and basic fencing start around $20,000. More elaborate designs will run between $40,000 to $100,000+. Choice of pool design and building materials, patio materials, landscaping, lighting and extra features such as spas or fountains determine the cost.
Besides determining the best fit for your yard’s dimensions consider your yard’s slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level, however, new technology makes it possible to install a pool in virtually any yard. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typcially add to the overall cost and duration of the project.
Pool size is primarily a personal choice. Some prefer to eliminate grass entirely and fill the space with pool and patio while others want to include yard in the new landscape. Be sure you and your contractor have the most up-to-date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas, and ask your contractor how the permit process is handled.
Zoning is primarily handled on a local level and typically covers such issues as fencingand barriers, pool depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utility lines. Other issues may also be covered.
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