The construction of a DIY swimming pool is certainly not a simple task, however you can do it yourself if you know what to plan for. In order to build a pool, you need to have a vision of the purpose of the swimming bowl. Think about the location where it will be installed and choose the right equipment.
Having a new swimming pool installed by someone else can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Most Installations, for just an average size pool, no fancy design, can start around $25,000 Dollars or more. Adding a rock waterfall backdrop or other fun design will cost you a small fortune.
Whether you’re giving thought to constructing your own DIY Pool or consider hiring a pool company, the following Steps are important. The more you understand about the process, materials and equipment needed the more you will save. If you have a clear vision and understand the process you will be in charge of your project and finances.
Determine The Function Of Your Pool
- What kind of pool design are you thinking about? Will it be for kids, adults or a little bit of fun for every age?
- Do you like to exercise and sim or do you like to relax and just cool off?
- What is the location of your future pool and size of site?
- Do you prefer in ground or above ground pool, or an inflatable pool you can take down if needed?
- What climate are you living in? Would you benefit more from an inside or outdoors pool design? How many months of the year are you able to use the pool if constructed in the open? Indoor pools are more expensive, however you can used them all year round.
- What bowl size and shape do you prefer?
- Do you have access to the construction size for heavy equipment and trucks?
- What do you do with excess dirt from digging out a hole if you install an in ground pool?
- What kind of pool equipment such as type of pool filtration system, skimmer or overflow system will you have?
- Do you want extras such as solar pool blankets, gas pool heaters and control panels?
- How are you connecting your electricity needs for pool equipment?
Now that you know what all is involved in planning for a pool, you may decide to give it a try yourself or maybe start by getting some quotes from some local pool installation companies.
One more tip. Don't forget to think about shaded areas. Especially in climates like Texas, where I live, it get's baking hot in the summer and shade is a must. Here is a cheap way to add shade quickly to any area in your backyard.
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“Do it yourself inground pool guide
1. Choose the design of your pool
You should consider such details as shape, color and dimensions before you start building. Just remember that the more advanced the design the more expensive the overall cost will be.
2. Authorize your pool
Get all the paperwork done in the very beginning. This could save you a lot of money in the future, as, for example, in certain areas pool are taxed and by not authorizing your construction, you will get in trouble.
3. Dig out the area
If you can afford to rent an excavator, this will save you a vast amount of time. You can do it manually too, with a shovel or a backhoe. Consider the cabling that may lay under the soil, so you don’t leave your neighborhood without electricity.
4. Level the ground
The bottom of the pit and sidewalls should be carefully graded. This will make future steps easier for you.
It’s time to start constructing the walls with a metal armature and wood rebar. Just remember to always check the level of any part you’re building. You won’t have time for this after all the work is done.
6. The plumbing
Begin plumbing the pool. This time you will have to call a professional, because if you don’t have a license, it is illegal to do any plumbing by yourself.
You will undoubtedly have to install a filtration system, and you may also want to install heaters or pool illumination. In any case, this is the time when you should run the power to your pool. Consider calling a professional.
8. The floor
The floor is one of the easiest parts as you can simply pour in concrete, but for the sidewalls you may need to use guncrete technology. Grade the flood once it’s done.
9. The walls
Start building the walls. It’s possible to rely on guncrete technology at this stage, or else you can construct the walls by pouring in concrete. Or you can make them out of cinder blocks. Decide what suits you best.
10. Walls – the last part of the pool
Any inground pool needs a moisture barrier, so that water won’t leak anywhere. There are several types, but the most popular are tile cover, plaster cover, plastic liner and sprayed plastic.
11. Fill the outside
Fill the area behind the pool walls. Various materials are available for this task. Consider the air humidity and average temperature of your swimming season. Or simply contact a professional to know for sure.
12. The final step – fill your pool with water
Depending on the plumbing you installed, you can fill it from city water supplies or you can contact a pool company to solve this issue.
With these 12 simple but labor-intensive steps, you can build your own inground pool.
Fiberglass inground pool installation
Fiberglass pools are very beneficial for any pool owner. Durable, easy to maintain and energy efficient, they are among the most popular kinds of pools these days. Fiberglass pools offer advantages that other types of pool can’t. They are resistant to stains, never need repainting, are not prone to algae growth and are much stronger that concrete.
Fiberglass pool installation has been covered in this article, but let’s remember the most important part here. The most important thing is to always check, recheck and even triple check the level of the pool. Give yourself plenty of time for this task! Reset the pool over and over again until you are certain that the level is even.” -simplepooltips
Get an idea about different shapes and sizes from this illustration here.
Now you know about the swimming pool construction process for making your own swimming pool. For inground swimming pool construction you still need professionals for plumbing and electricity, above ground swimming pool installation is simpler. Both have pros and cons. Learn all you can and be informed about your options. It will save you time and money if you understand what all a pool installation entails.