Step 3 - How much does it cost?
One of the first questions that comes up when people start
this process is: how much does it cost? There are a lot of
factors that can effect the total cost of a project, such as materials,
size, plantings, etc. This section will attempt to help you with
some ballpark estimates on various options. We have broken these
estimates down into three categories - The Pool (which makes up
all of the items specifically related to the pool), Must-Haves
(which are items that every project must have) and Nice-to-Haves
(which are optional extras).
Each pool installation is different. There are different
shapes, sizes and options for each part of a pool. We can still
come up with a fairly good estimate for the pool's cost.
Most pool installations include:
- The pool installation components (pool shell, concrete,
excavation, piping, etc)
- The pool system (pump, filter, piping, recirculation
- Pool heater (most commonly, a heat pump)
- Salt water chlorination system
- Pool steps and a ladder
- Underwater lighting
- Chemicals, maintenance equipment and a vacuum system
For our most popular size (approximately 16'x32'), this
package generally costs $45-50,000 + HST. For a larger pool size
(18'x36' or 20'x40'), add $4,000-$7,000. For a smaller size
(12'x24' or 14'x28'), deduct $3,000-6,000.
If you're looking at a fiberglass pool, add $15,000 -
$20,000. For concrete, add $40,000 - $50,000.
People often ask if there are ways to trim these estimates to
fit a smaller budget. The pool heater and the salt system are
generally the only items that can be removed to lower the price
and generally they are both very high on people's wish lists.
- Electrical hook up - $1,500-$2,000
- Fencing - the least expensive fencing option is chain
link and most projects will need at least 120' - $4,500+
- Permits $100-$500
- Decking - most projects will have at least a 2.5' border
of concrete around the pool - $3,500 - $4,000
- Lawn repair - building a pool requires the use of
excavation equipment, dump trucks, bobcats and concrete
trucks. This machinery can make a mess of your yard. Most
projects require some sod installation at completion -
With the smallest pool, electrical, chain link fencing, permits, a plain concrete walkway around the pool, fixing up the lawn and HST, the budget is around $60,000 with no room for contingencies.
Most projects will upgrade the fencing, add more patio space,
upgrade the decking materials and add items such as pool houses,
planting beds and more. Most of our projects have budgets in the
$90,000+ range, with many of the jobs featured in our galleries
costing over $125,000.
- Upgrade concrete walkway to stamped concrete with
cantilever edging - $2,500
- Upgrade concrete walkway to pavers - $5,000 - $7,500
- Add more patio space - Stamped concrete - $16-19/sq ft -
Pavers - $18-22/sq ft - Natural stone - $25+/sq ft
- Automatic Pool Cover - $19,000+
- Inground Solar Blanket Roller - $4,500+
- Pool Safety/Winter Cover - $1,500+
- Coast Spa - $9,000+
- Spillover spa - $12,000+
- Pool control systems - $1,000+
- Custom pool steps or tanning ledges - $2,500+
- Landscape lighting systems - $3,000+
- Rock waterfall - $3,000
- Planting beds - $10-$15/sq ft
- Trellis or pergola - $2,500+
- Firepits - $2,000+
- Outdoor kitchens - $8,000+
- Ornamental Iron Fencing - $50-60/lin ft
- Wood fencing - $35/lin ft+
- Pool house - $6,000+
- Bathroom in pool house - $5,000+
- Putting green - $5,000+
Next, we'll talk about pool types and shapes.