Building An Inground Pool

Building An Inground Pool

Building An Inground Pool

6 Steps to the Perfect Inground Pool

From Popular Mechanics

So you want to start the process of purchasing an inground pool, but you have no idea where to start?  How about a comprehensive, step-by-step guide from Popular Mechanics?  This is a great start to the process from a very trusted source.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

There’s nothing like installing a concrete swimming pool to one-up your neighbor’s aboveground version. But planning your dream pool can be harder than it first seems. Consider your options and obligations before breaking ground, and inground pool construction will proceed swimmingly.

I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face the day I asked for an inground swimming pool. I must have been 10 or 11 years old, and he looked at me as if I’d asked for a helipad or another brother. “Go outside and run around the house,” he barked. Not even close to the response I was hoping for.

Back then, aboveground swimming pools were popular, but “dug-in” pools were rather rare. In fact, there was only one in our entire neighborhood. Times sure have changed: According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, there are about 5 million existing inground pools in the U.S., and 175,000 to 200,000 new pools are built each year.

About two years ago I decided to take the plunge, so to speak, and began calling pool contractors to get approximate construction costs. Next, I spoke with the bank to discuss financing options.

When the contractor came out to inspect the proposed pool site, he walked around the backyard, stopping occasionally to kick at the dirt and shake his head. Not a good sign. “Well, we could put the pool here,” he said with little enthusiasm, “but it ain’t going to be easy.”

Apparently there’s a vein of rock roughly the size of Mount Rushmore running through my yard. There was no way to dig the pool without blasting first. I immediately called two pool owners who live nearby and discovered that they both had to blast to get their pools in. As I was bemoaning the expense of dynamite, one neighbor casually mentioned the high cost of fencing. I had completely forgotten that you’re required by law to install a protective barrier around an inground pool.

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