How Much Does a Pool Really Cost?
A lot of people are keen on the idea of building a pool for their home, and for many good reasons. It’s great for kids, it can help you stay in shape, and it opens up a whole new world of house parties. However this begs the important question, how much will you be looking at paying to install one?
There are two main styles of pool that most people buy for their homes – in ground and above-ground. Above ground pools are usually built in a circular shape and are generally cheaper than in ground pools; the downsides include that they lack versatility, they’re much smaller, they don’t last very long, and the fact that you have to climb up to get into them can be a little disconcerting.
For these reasons and more, a lot of people decide to construct in-ground pools instead. However, the cost of these can be a little difficult to determine, and are based on a lot of differing characteristics. At Pleasure Pools, we get many questions about cost from our clients, so we’ve put together an overview of the various costs associated with building an in-ground pool and the various features that impact the price.
As a general ball-park figure, you should expect an in ground pool to cost between $25,000 and $50,000. Another good way to make a rough estimate is that every square foot of the pool will cost about $50, before adding any extra features, and basing your estimate on an average neighborhood in an average South Louisiana city. So if a pool is 10 ft. by 20 ft., it costs $10,000 before any further modification.
The best way to really tell exactly what the cost will be, is to get a quote from a professional builder like Pleasure Pools, because we’ll be able to tell you what kind of surcharges you may receive for building in your neighborhood. We can also tell you whether there are any site concerns, such as soil quality, weather, or other factors you may not have considered.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look to the variables that should also be considered which will affect the price. There are many to consider when building a pool, and they will all impact the price. The list provided here is by no means complete, but does cover the most popular pool variations.
Size and Depth
The first considerations for your pool are, of course, size and depth. We already gave a basic quote above for size, and that should remain relatively true (with some give or take) for depths from around four to six feet.
However, if you’re trying to get a pool much deeper than that (ten to twelve feet or deeper) then you’ll see an increase in price and work time, because the foundation of the pool will need to be dug deeper as well.
Also, most quotes are given for a standard rectangular shape. Commissioning a pool with an abnormal shape will, naturally, increase the price.
Pumps and filters are often included in the base cost of a pool but sometimes they’re left out, and you’ll definitely want to budget for them unless you like swimming in a scummy pool. Of course, we will give you all the options that will work for your vision, and help you decide which is the best for your budget.
Materials will also change the price of a pool quite a bit. Gunite is by far the best material to make a pool from, but it’s also the most expensive. Pools can be made from vinyl and fiberglass, as well, but they’re not as ideal even if they cost less to build up front.
Coping is the tile or brick trim around the top of the pool. In addition to looking nice, it separates the pool from the decking. Standard coping won’t add much to the cost, but a more decorative type can ramp up the price a bit.
Decking is typically standard concrete, but it can also be made of different types of paving for more durability in harsh weather or for decoration. Obviously, the fancier it is, the more it will cost.
Finally, there are all manner of extra features that can be added such as lights, heaters, water features, ornamentation, diving boards, and many other things to amp up your poolside style.
Although buying a pool can seem very intimidating, we at Pleasure Pools would love to help you find the perfect pool for your budget! We’ve been designing and building pools in South Louisiana for many years, and have the experience to get you the pool you want, at the price you want. Come by our showroom for the answers to all your questions. You may even discover some things you never knew!