Steps to Building an In Ground Pool
The first step in building a swimming pool is making a plan. You must choose your site carefully, while remembering your budget restrictions as well as local Town Codes that are in place. These decisions that need to be well thought out before your in ground pool becomes a reality. Keep in mind that in ground pools are permanent structures and will become a focal point in or around your home for years to come. Be sure to spend the time and energy necessary to create an environment that will last a lifetime!
Step 1: Decide How You Will Use Your Pool
How will you use your swimming pool? Do you want to relax, participate in healthy exercise, or entertain friends and family? Defining the uses now will help you choose the best location for your pool and aid in deciding on the style, size, shape and accessories to be installed on the pool that meet your needs.
Step 2: Consider Financial Aspects of Pool Ownership
Potential Pool Owners will have to consider the financial aspects of pool ownership. If the pool is attractive and not highly specialized, it will be considered an asset.
Don’t forget to factor maintenance into the cost of the pool that you choose. Routine pool maintenance will include keeping the water chemically balanced and sanitary, maintaining the pool filter equipment, cleaning/vacuuming the pool, opening/closing the pool. You can contract Liverpool Pool and Spa to perform these services, or you can do some or all of them yourself.
Step 3: Determine Your Yard Size and Conditions
In addition to yard dimensions, considerations need to be made for the yard’s slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is open and level. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typically add to the overall cost and duration of the project. Consulting with Liverpool Pool and Spa will aid in determining which shape and size would best suit your needs and whether or not it would actually be possible to construct a pool in your desired location.
Step 4: Design Your Pool
Once you have determined the yard size and conditions as well as what your pool will be used for, you can begin to design your pool. When you choose to design an in ground pool you can add customized features. Be sure to remember to design the entire backyard scope: including landscaping, water features, patio area and fencing.
Step 5: Meeting with Sales Consultant
Consulting Liverpool Pool and Spa is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape would be an ideal fit for your particular yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Liverpool Pool and Spa will be responsible to have the most up to date zoning and building codes for swimming pools to aid the customer with acquiring a Building Permit. Zoning is primarily handled on a local level and typically covers such issues as fencing and barriers, set-backs and proximity to utility lines.
Step 6: Choosing a Professional Builder
It is very important when choosing a professional pool contractor to do your research. When interviewing possible builders, determine the number of years they have been in business, ensure that they are bonded and insured, visit the showroom to view examples of their work, and determine if they subcontract the work or use their own staff.
Step 7: Choose Your Equipment
By selecting the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a gorgeous pool all season long will be an absolute breeze. In addition to choosing the correct maintenance equipment that suits your needs for the pool, safety equipment is also necessary for the pool. Many specialty safety products are available on the market, including water alarms (NYS Law), safety covers and personal safety accessories.
How Pools Work
All swimming pools work in the same manner – no matter the shape or size. They all use a combination of filtration and chemical treatment to constantly clean a large volume of water. Water pumps in a continual cycle, from the pool through the filter, chemical treatment system and back to the pool again. The filter system helps keep the water in the pool free of dirt, debris and bacteria. Heaters are sometimes used to keep the water at a desired temperature.
Installation: What to Expect
The Installation Process
Before you can enjoy your beautiful new pool, you might have to endure a few weeks of inconvenience in your backyard. Once you’re past the stage of excavation and into the fun of construction and landscape design, you’ll see that it’s all well worth it. There are three key stages of pool construction:
An access road into your site will be made to begin excavation. The pool layout will be marked out prior to the dig by our Construction Coordinator so that you can protect any landscaping or trees near the excavation area as well as know the exact placement of the pool. Liverpool Pool and Spa will help the customer gather all of the necessary building permits, and then the heavy equipment will be brought in to dig the hole. Liverpool Pool and Spa will also have underground utilities checked before the digging begins (U.F.P.O).
Liverpool Pool and Spa’s Foreman and crew will set and secure the steel or composite structure of your pool with concrete footings to keep it in place. Then the bottom of the pool will be shaped and smoothed. The plumbing system will be positioned, and then the electrician will ground the pool perimeter and any necessary wiring will be installed. Liverpool Pool and Spa’s grading crew will then backfill the pool and roughly grade the pool perimeter. From start to finish, this process will take approximately 1 week, weather permitting.
Once the backfill has had time to settle (2-3 weeks approx.) the finish work can begin around the pool perimeter. Finish work can include standard concrete decking, cantilever/stampcrete decking or brick pavers up to the pool edge. Brick Pavers must be coordinated by a Landscaper. Concrete Decking can be coordinated by our concrete mason.
Cost of an In Ground Pool
One of the most common questions customers ask is “How much does it cost to build an in ground pool?” The answer to that question can vary based on the slope of the yard, type of pool, size of pool, added features, etc. There is truly no simple answer. However, the most accurate way to get an answer to that question is to get a professional quote from one of Liverpool Pool and Spa’s low pressure Sales Consultants. Here are a few aspects that make up the overall price on an inground pool:
The size of your swimming pool is the biggest factor in determining the price. The length and width of the pool determines the square footage, which determines the price of the pool. The size of the pool also determines the filter equipment and heater size to handle the volume of water in the pool, which is also a factor in determining the price.
The materials that you use around your pool will definitely affect the cost of the swimming pool. A Standard Concrete deck around the pool is a very common option around the pool. Brick Pavers are another popular option to put up to and around the pool, which typically is the most expensive. Cantilever decking and/or Stampcrete are also very popular, which is more expensive than the Standard Concrete, but much less than Brick Pavers.
Location/Yard GradeThe location and grade of the property may factor in the overall budget required to successfully build an In Ground Pool. Generally, the flatter the yard, the less requirements would be needed to build the pool. Steeply sloped yards will require planning by a landscaper to install drainage and/or retaining walls, which will increase the overall cost of the pool project.
If you are looking for a custom shape or design, you can expect to pay more for your swimming pool. See the in ground pool shapes here.
Through the design and construction process, the extras that you add to your pool really customize it. Sometimes the “extras” can cost as much as the pool. You can add features such as a hot tub, waterfalls and other water features, recreational add-ons such as a waterslide or diving board, accents such as pool lighting, deck jets, and sporting games (Basketball/Volleyball) You also don’t want to forget energy efficiency options such as solar covers, energy efficient pumps, filters, heaters, and saltwater chlorinators.
Why Liverpool Pool & Spa?
Liverpool Pool and Spa will coordinate with all other aspects of the job (Electrical work, fencing, landscaping, etc.) to make sure the entire budget is decided based on the full scope of the project before work begins.
Financing is available for the pool project. Liverpool Pool and Spa works with local banks to finance the project at great rates to those who are searching to make the backyard project as affordable as possible.
We care about our customers and take the time to educate you though the entire process. To learn more, or take the next step towards getting the your inground pool of your dreams contact us today!