One of the most commonly asked questions we get is, ‘well, how long is it going to take to build?’. It’s a totally legitimate question and one that every prospective pool owner needs to consider when weighing out their personal timeline for getting a pool. Most people want to have their pool ready to swim in by summer so they begin the process late winter or early spring.
We wanted to go ahead and clear the air on this topic so that we’re all on the same page for the pool building process. One of the reasons we wanted to do this is to set transparent expectations in case something doesn’t go according to plan- whether it be an issue with permitting or inclement weather!
How Long Does It Take To Build A Pool?
It is difficult to put an exact time frame on it given the number of variables out of your pool builder’s control. From obtaining permits, clearing an entry/exit route for workers, and inclement weather to navigating utility lines and other underground hazards, there’s plenty of room for the timeline to get extended. Those factors aside, it takes on average about 6-10 weeks to put a pool together from breaking ground to your first cannonball. Here’s an outline of the process:
- Design: 1-2 weeks
- Permitting: 1-3 weeks
- Excavation: 1 week
- Plumbing, electrical, and steel: 1-2 weeks
- Plastering: 1-2 weeks
- Decking, outdoor living, and landscape: 1-4 weeks
Aside from taking that first dip when your pool is finally completed, designing your pool is the most fun you’ll have through the process of building your pool. It can be a bit daunting if you’re going in blind, but the Foley team makes the process as seamless as possible- laying out all of your options without overwhelming you. We’ve even published a number of post to help you decide what style fits you best, choosing your coping and tile, and getting the color of your pool just right. This part of the process is much quicker than it used to be thanks to 3D rendering software. With it, we can show you exactly what your pool will look like in your backyard before we even break ground.
Obtaining the right permits can sometimes be a huge roadblock to the timeline of a pool build. Working with a pool builder that is unfamiliar with the city they’re building in can lead to lengthy hold-ups in the process. That’s where Foley’s 30 years of experience comes into play. Our relationships with the cities we build in create a friction-less path to obtaining the right permits to begin construction, which saves you a bottle of aspirin at the end of the day.
Excavation is typically the quickest part of the pool building process. There are a few important factors that come into play here, though. Things like ease of access, utility lines, and other factors can slow down the excavation process. Just be sure that you’re fully aware of all lines and pipes in your yard so you don’t have to suffer through anexcavation horror story like this. Once we get into the yard with a clear path this step is pretty cut and dry.
Plumbing, electrical, and steel
Once we have the pool dug we lay out the steel skeleton of the pool, dig out all necessary slots for electrical and plumbing, and prepare piping/wiring for any water features and lighting.
This part of the process is also straight forward. We fill in the steel skeleton with plaster and make sure that the surface is perfectly even throughout. Giving the plaster time to dry will take the longest here.
Decking, outdoor living, and landscape
Here’s where we get to have a bit more fun. Foley Pools offers an array of outdoor living services. You can create your backyard paradise all in one fell swoop. From outdoor bars and fire pits to grills and landscape lighting, Foley pools can put the finishing touches on your project with outdoor accommodations to help you get the most of your investment!