Start Planning For An Inground Pool With This Handy Guide

Start Planning For An Inground Pool With This Handy Guide

Planning for a Pool

From Better Homes and Gardens

Once you’ve decided that you and your family are ready to take the plunge and install an inground swimming pool in your yard, you’re only just beginning the long and complicated journey.  Most people don’t realize what they are getting into when they make this decision.  Starting with the type of pool, there are also myriad other factors that need to be planned out and designed, not to mention the municipal permits, landscaping, drainage, etc.  This guide from Better Homes and Gardens will help guide you to getting over the hump, and will assist you in making a solid plan to get all of the answers and help that you will need to get started.  Included in this guide is not only the construction process, but also what costs to expect for maintenance, conditions of the yard, construction time estimates, and how to choose a contractor.

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Constructing or installing a pool may seem overwhelming with so many options and decisions. Here are the issues to consider to help you make the best choice for you and your family.

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?
Above-Ground Pools
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.
In-Ground Pools
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.
Ongoing Expenditures