So you’ve decided to build an inground swimming pool in your backyard.
Of course, you want to be able to swim in your new pool as soon as possible, and have a construction zone in your backyard for as short as possible. Depending on the type of pool you’d like to install and the scope of the project, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.
In this article, we’ll look at the different stages of the construction process—from obtaining a building permit to excavation, laying the electrical and plumbing systems, and installing the actual pool.
Pre- Installation: Design and Planning & Permits
The very first step of building a pool is planning the design. At this point, you will be looking at inground swimming pool plans and discussing your vision with your designer, who will be able to make sensible material suggestions and provide different layout options to give your new pool shape and form. The designer will present you a design concept and work with you through the process.
Adhering to your area’s building code is one of the primary requirements you need to consider when installing a pool. In addition to a building permit, you also need to obtain a pool enclosure permit, which grants you permission to set up/build a fence around your swimming pool. There are also specific backyard pool regulations that your project must abide by in order to obtain these permits—for example, the material used for building the fence can’t conduct electricity. Permit approval times are subject to local areas and time of submission (Summer time will be peak period).
Excavation, Pool Installation, Plumbing and Electrical : 3-5 days
Once your contractor has all the necessary permits, they can schedule and carry out the required excavation. While this is typically a quick process, there are a number of factors that may affect duration, such as ease of access and the need to work around utility lines. On average, excavation takes roughly takes a day.
The type of pool you choose will largely impact the duration of the installation process. For Fiberglass pools, a prefabricated shell will be shipped directly to your home where it can be installed very quickly if the conditions are right. Once the pool is installed plumbing and electric systems are installed. Please note: any additional features such as lighting and water features may be required as well, which may extend the process by a few days.
Issues can arise during the planning stages as well as during the construction process (eg. bad weather) adding extra time to the process. While a good contractor will be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate of how long it will take to build your in ground swimming pool, some delays are impossible to anticipate altogether.
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