One of the first questions I am usually asked by a potential client is “How much does a pool cost?”. This is a tough question to answer because a pool project is not a commodity, it has many different options and variables that need to be considered when providing a price. It’s a very real design and construction project that, usually on a smaller scale, is similar to building a home or remodeling your existing home.
In a nutshell, it is impossible to provide an accurate price on a project without drawings and specifications. However, I will do my best here to give some ranges that you can expect to pay in and around Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska.
The considerations that influence the cost of a pool pool project include, but are not limited to:
- Type of the pool.
- Size of the pool.
- Style of the pool.
- Depth of the pool.
- Options included in pool.
- Level of quality.
- Materials used in and around the pool.
- Accessibility to site for construction equipment.
- Soil conditions and groundwater.
- Scope of work.
There are three main types of pools. Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass and Concrete (aka shotcrete or gunite). It will really help the process if are able to do some homework and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pool. They all have pros and cons, so with a little research you should have an idea of which one will best fit your needs and desires. These ranges depend on many factors, but in general the vinyl liner pool will range from $25,000 to $60,000, the Fiberglass pool will range from $30,000 to $65,000 and the concrete pool will start around $35,000 to $80,000.
The size of your pool is referring to the the actual dimensions of your pool and should be based on how you plan to use the pool. Think about things like the number of people in your family, the amount of entertaining you plan to do, the size of your yard, and how much yard/landscape space you want left after the pool is built. Just keep in mind, big pools cost more than small pools.
The style or the shape of your pool should be driven by factors such as the architecture of your home, the shape of the back yard space, and your personal preferences. The more intricate the design, the higher the price.
The decision on the depth of your pool basically comes down to whether or not you want a diving board. Unless you’re getting a diving board, I recommend a maximum depth of 5′ or 6′. This depth is ideal for most pool activities, such as volleyball, swimming, and just relaxing. Anything deeper essentially makes that area of the pool unusable by most people. The deep end also adds unnecessary water volume to filter, heat, and care for.