Everything You Need to Know Before Building A Pool
Picture this: It’s a warm Saturday morning, you’re done with your work, and all you can think about is putting your swimsuit on, jumping in that pool, relaxing on your pool ledge, and just working on your tan. Unfortunately, you can’t do any of this. Wondering why? Simply because you didn’t plan in advance. You might have thought that building a pool was going to be quick and simple, but guess what, it’s not! So if you want to turn your dream into reality this summer you need to start the process ASAP.
Building a pool or a deck is not simple, and definitely not quick. There are a lot of steps in the process that you’ll have to follow before getting to enjoy the new features of your backyard. Don’t worry though! We’ve created this blog to help you better understand the process of building a pool, what you need to do, and how long it will take.
So what are the steps to building a pool?
Let’s start with the basics… What you need to know before buying a pool or deck.
Do I need a pool permit?
Yes, you do, it’s the first step to building a pool. You’ll have to submit the pool permit application and pay the permit fee. Of course, you can’t start building your pool without obtaining the permit.
What do I need to submit a pool permit application?
- A current survey of the property
- Engineer drawings of the pool and deck on the plot plan showing exactly where it will be located
- Depending on where you live, you might be asked to submit more documents, such as dig specifications or a setback plan.
How long does it take for my pool permit application to get approved?
Assuming that you have filed all the necessary documents and everything is in order, your application MIGHT be approved within 3 – 7 days, but it could be longer (depending on your town). If the process takes longer than expected, some of your documents may be missing, or there might be a delay on the jurisdiction’s side.
Do I need a Variance?
It depends on the setbacks of your property and the town ordinances. If you do need one, obtaining it can take an additional 4 weeks (as the meetings are only held monthly). This step to building a pool can significantly increase your timeframe, so that’s another reason to plan ahead!
Are there “wetlands” on your property?
Wetlands such as wet meadows or marshes are important for wildlife and water quality. If there are wetlands on your property, and you wish to build a pool, you might have to go through the environmental board to get approval. This process can add up to 4 weeks time to get your pool permit obtained. You can check whether there are wetlands on your property here, or alternatively, you might consider consulting a professional to be on the safe side.
Do I need plans?
Yes, you do. We will provide you with stamped engineered plans for any pool or deck you purchase from us. We’re a one-stop shop 🙂
How to choose the right pool for your property
Now that you’ve got your pool permit covered, it’s time to choose the pool that’s right for you. We promise this is the really fun part of the process. There are several things that you need to take into consideration when choosing your pool and deck, but we’ve got you covered.
Here’s what you need to think about:
What’s the size of your property?
This is by far the most important question you need to ask yourself before buying a pool. You don’t want to have a pool that’s too big or one that’s too small. You need the perfect balance between the size of your backyard, your pool, and your deck area. The standard pool sizes that you’ll usually find on the market are:
- 10′ x 20′
- 12′ x 25′
- 14 x 30′
- 14′ x 35′
- 16′ x 36′
- 16′ x 40′
How deep do you want your pool to be?
An average pool depth is 8 feet. This is also the minimum depth required if you are looking into adding a diving board. However, you can choose to build a deeper or more shallow pool based on your needs.
How many people will be using the pool?
The size of your pool will determine how many people will be able to use the pool at the same time.
For families of less than 6 members
If you have a family of 6 or less, consider going for a 14′ x 30′ pool. The smaller pools are great for relaxation and casual swimming.
For families of 6 – 8 members
We recommend that you go for a 16′ x 40′ pool. This will give all family members enough space to splash around, dive, and play games. You don’t really want to swim in an overcrowded pool!
For small backyards
If the size of your backyard is quite small but you want a pool to just relax, select a 10′ x 20′. This won’t offer you options like playing games, but you can get a lot from pools of this size given their versatile designs.
Do you prefer rectangle or freeform designs?
If you’re the traditional type, you might want to consider going for a rectangle design. Your pool will be sleek and well structured with sharp edges. If on the other hand, you want your pool to blend in well with your backyard, try a freeform design.
Heated or unheated pool?
It really depends on how often you’re planning to enjoy your pool. If you want to use it during the winter, it’s worth investing in a pool heater. If you’re only interested in swimming in the summer, it’s not really worth it and on the plus side, you can use that money to get a few add-ons for your deck or pool, like a spa or bubbler. Exciting, right?
Planning to chill on a tanning ledge?
Tanning ledges are our favorite pool add ons. Not only they’re a great place to relax, read a book, and socialize, but kids can also use them to splash around and play. It’s one of those things that we consider as a must-have accessory… but again, it depends on how you want to use your pool. If you’re only looking to exercise and do your morning laps, tanning ledges are not something you should consider.
Do you want a diving board?
You’ll hear a lot of different opinions around diving boards. Some people think they are not safe enough, whereas others love them. It’s really a matter of preference and space available.
Interested in spa sessions?
There are many benefits to have a spa installed in your pool. It’s a great way to relax your body whenever you feel sore, and it can also be used by people who mainly use the pool for exercise for post-workout relaxation.
Do you enjoy water features?
Features such as a waterfall, a fountain, or bubblers can really take your pool to the next level. These will make your pool look far more luxurious, and the sound of the water will also have a calming effect while you’re chilling on the tanning ledge or reading your book.
Are you interested in a saltwater system?
Saltwater pools are usually easier to maintain compared to traditional chlorine pools, and they’re also easier to clean. However, they come at a higher price.
How does a smart pool system sound?
If you’re interested in running everything related to your pool from your phone, you have the option of installing a smart, automated system.
Do you want an automatic pool cover?
Adding an automatic cover to your pool will save you a lot of time, money, and effort if you’re not planning on using your pool in the winter, or even on off-weeks.
Now that you’ve chosen your pool, let’s think about the deck.
Choose the deck material
Here you have various options:
A simple and chic option that’s also easy to clean. However, it can get hot under the sun.
An organic anti-slip material, rich in color. Similar to concrete, it can also get very hot in the sun.
A versatile material with lots of different options to satisfy everyone’s taste.
Cedar or redwood
Great material for those of you looking for a more natural look for your deck. Its stunning color makes cedar a great addition to any deck.
And lastly, outdoor deck structures
The outdoor structure that you’ll choose will complete the design of your backyard. The options are many depending on your needs. If you’re looking for a structure that provides you with shade, a pavilion or a pergola are great ideas. For those of you interested in something bigger that you can utilize all year round, it might be worth considering a pool house.
We understand that all the above might be a lot to take in, however, our experts will be able to help you and answer any questions you might have in regards to your property and your specific needs. Given the long timeframe required to complete your pool, deck, and backyard structures, you should plan ahead to be able to enjoy your outdoor space this summer!
Get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your needs in detail.
How long does it take to get your pool installed?
You can order it right away. If we have the pool in stock, then it will take approximately 3 months from the date of your order. If the pool is not currently in stock, it will take 4 – 5 months from the date of your order.
How much does it cost to order and get my pool installed?
It really depends on the type of pool that you’ll choose as well as any features you’d like to add. Usually, prices start at $47,000.
How long does it take to get a permit?
It takes on average between 3 – 7 days to get a permit. However, this could change depending on whether you need a variance or there’s a backlog of permit requests with the jurisdiction.
Do I need a permit for a new deck?
If the deck you are planning to build is higher than 30 inches from the ground, a permit is required.
Do I need a permit for a deck renovation?
A deck renovation permit is required only if you are making changes that affect the footprint of the house. If it’s a simple maintenance project, no permit is needed.
What is the difference between a deck and a patio?
A deck is above ground, and a patio is on the same level as the ground.
Do I need a permit for a patio?
It depends. You should check with your local authorities whether a permit is required.