Installing a swimming pool is no small feat and takes considerable planning, funding, and work to get fully operational. Once done, though a swimming pool is a life luxury, it will benefit you every day. The main things you should consider when planning your swimming pool to be built is planning permission, budget planning, maintaining the pool once you’re done, and ensuring the build is safe for everyone involved.
What are the options?
The two main options are to build an indoor pool or an outdoor pool. An indoor pool will be seen as an asset to a house and can increase its value significantly. The issue is the sufficiency of space to accommodate it, as well as the extra cost of building the area around it. An outdoor pool can be more easily built in a garden, but the maintenance can be higher as it needs to be able to withstand the weather depending on where you live. Some people may also see it as an eyesore depending on their personal preference, and may prefer to have additional garden space over the pool.
How much does a swimming pool cost?
The more cost-effective of the two is the above-the-ground outdoor pool, which can be installed for just a few thousand dollars and can be done by yourself if you have the DIY skills needed. These don’t need to be dug into the ground, and are the easiest to dismantle if needed. Next is an in-ground swimming pool, which is dug into your garden. These start between $5000-$10,000 and get more expensive depending on the size of the build. These take more skill and knowledge to build. Time needs to be taken to make sure things like the pool panels are all installed correctly.
Next, you get to more high-end outdoor pools which are custom-built by a professional. These start at around $35,000, and if you want a custom-built, it may get as high as $60,000. You’ll want to go to a specialized company to get the best job possible, and these will start to mimic the pools you see in leisure centers and other outdoor pools available for commercial use. These use special materials to reduce the maintenance time needed.
Indoor pools can range greatly depending on how far you want to take your build. A starting cost of around $100,000 is standard, and the top end of this is as far as your imagination can take you. The additional cost comes from the need to house the pool, which is essentially an extension project on its own.
You don’t generally need planning permission for an outdoor pool unless you’re building on specific states. If you’re building an indoor pool, you may need a planning permission depending on the size of the extension you need to house the pool. Always make sure to check with your local council or authority to make sure your project is within the guidelines.