Swimming Pool Building Costs

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Swimming Pool Building Costs
Many factors affect the final costs of building a swimming pool. (swimming pool image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

Swimming pool building costs vary greatly from one swimming pool installation to the other, as well as from one part of the country to another. While it's impossible to quote exact costs on all swimming pools, certain costs must be part of your budget no matter what size and type of swimming pool you build. You can reduce some pool building costs by doing the work yourself rather than hiring a contractor.


The type of pool you choose is a key element to its building costs. An above-ground pool with steel walls and vinyl linings costs much less than an in-ground pool with elaborate landscaping. Even with in-ground pools, prices can vary. For example, a fibreglass pool costs less to construct than one made with gunite, a type of cement.

Pool Size and Shape

Pool size is another important factor in pool building costs. Obviously small pools cost less to build. Adding shape to your pool affects the costs. In other words, a larger rectangular shaped pool may cost less to build than an irregularly shaped pool with smaller dimensions. Pool depth is also a factor in building costs. Building a pool with more depth necessitates more excavation and takes more labour to build.

Excavation and Landscaping

Before you build an in-ground pool, you must dig out the space where you plan to install the pool. Even an above-ground swimming pool needs a certain amount of excavation to make the pool set level. After the pool is built, you need to landscape its edges. Whether you hire a contractor to do the work or rent the heavy equipment to do the pool-landscaping job yourself, it's a major expense.


Adding a deck to your swimming pool is part of the pool building costs. The type of decking you add can be basic poured concrete or wood decking or it can be elaborate tile or paving stones. Other frills that often affect costs of a swimming pool include infinity edges, whirlpools and waterfalls.

Safety Fence

Safety fencing around a swimming pool is a requirement. The type of fencing you add around your pool can be wood or vinyl privacy fence. A fence of vertical metal bars is another popular option. It's also possible to install removable safety fence. Follow the safety fence building codes for your municipality as you budget the costs of adding safety fence.

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