In-Ground Swimming Pools

In-Ground Swimming Pool Builder in Lincoln, NE

Bonsall Pool and Spa of Lincoln, NE has been building high quality swimming pools since 1951. Over the decades we have built, remodeled, and installed hundreds of pools in Nebraska. Choose from a wide variety of in ground shotcrete, fiberglass,  or vinyl liner pools. Our team of pool building experts will work with you to design a custom in ground pool to fit your space perfectly.

Types of In-Ground Swimming Pools

We install and customize three main types of in-ground pools: shotcrete pools, fiberglass pools, and vinyl liner pools. Our team of pool building experts will work with you on your pool size preferences, the area where you’re aiming to install the pool and several other factors like additional pool features, lighting, heating and municipal zoning rules.

After an initial project review, our pool building team will work closely with you to recommend the type of pool best suited to your vision. Then, we’ll recommend options to achieve your specific style requests, scope of pool use, and overall budget. Finally, we’ll begin designing an in-ground pool with the options specified to match your vision of a perfect backyard.

Types of Pools – Advantages and Disadvantages

Vinyl Liner Pools


• Lowest initial cost: Vinyl liner pools have the lowest initial cost of the three types of inground pools.

• Customizable shape and size: There are very few limitations to the length, width, and depth of vinyl liner pools.

• Automatic covers: These pools can be built perfectly square for complete integration of an automatic cover.

• Vinyl liner pools are non-abrasive: The vinyl liner material is smooth to the touch.

• Easy to refinish surface: Liner replacement is relatively quick, clean, and can be completed in a day or two without any heavy equipment.


• Consider lifetime cost: The average life of a vinyl liner is around 5 years at a replacement cost of $4,000-$6,000 including labor and materials.

• Have to use care with the pool liner: While liners are fairly durable, sharp objects, pets, and patio furniture falling in the pool are all concerns.

• May not work on challenging sites: If the site has a major slope or groundwater present, a vinyl liner may not be the best choice. Liners can “float” and wrinkle from excessive rain water.

• Not a permanent structure: The structure consists of steel/polymer walls and a shotcrete floor under the liner. Done right, it is sturdy, but relies on the water inside the pool for stability. This structure won’t last forever and care must be taken when the pool is drained.

Fiberglass Pools


• Low maintenance: The gel coat surface of the fiberglass pool shell is nonporous.

• Consider lifetime cost: Most manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty against leakage.

• Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat surface of fiberglass pools is smooth to the touch.

• Built-in steps and benches: Most fiberglass pool designs have seating and steps incorporated into the shell of the pool.

• Quick installation: The shell is manufactured off-site and delivered on a trailer. Since a lot of the work is done off site, the installation time is short.


• Limited shapes and designs: Because fiberglass pools are built from a mold, the consumer is limited to the shapes and sizes offered by the fiberglass pool manufacturer.

• Limited width: Fiberglass pools are transported to the job site on roads and highways. Shipping restrictions limit the width of the fiberglass pool shell to 16′ to the outside of the pool. Most inside dimensions are about 14’ maximum.

• Repairs are challenging: Cosmetic repairs to the finish will not match the rest of the pool.

• Consider lifetime cost: The lifetime warranty usually does not cover fading or cracking of the surface. It also may not cover damage due to acts of God like groundwater from a heavy rain.

• Higher initial cost: Fiberglass pools cost more than vinyl liner pools to build.

• May not work for challenging sites: If the site has a major slope or groundwater present, it may not be the best choice.

• Automatic covers: These pools generally are not perfectly square, so complete integration of an automatic cover is more challenging and the cover may not run completely straight.

• Not a permanent structure: Installed right, it is sturdy, but relies on the water inside the pool for stability. This structure won’t last forever and extreme care must be taken when the pool is drained to prevent floating the shell or bowing the walls.

Shotcrete Pools


• Customizable size and shape: Shotcrete pools can be any size, shape, or style. There are no limitsto what can be done. 

• The best option for challenging sites: With the proper engineering, a shotcrete pool can be built on the side of a hill or virtually anywhere.

• Design freedom: Vanishing edges, beach entries, shallow lounging areas, etc. are all possible with a shotcrete pool.

• Finish materials: Shotcrete pools can be integrated into a design with more natural materials, such as tile and stone, to become a piece of landscape art. The cement finishes are available in an endless array of options and have a smooth but nonslip surface that is appealing.

• Automatic covers: These pools can be built perfectly square for complete integration of an automatic cover.

• Permanent installation: This is the only type of pool that is a permanent freestanding structure.


• Higher cost of installation: Because of the materials and specialty labor involved, shotcrete pools are typically the most costly to install.

• Porous surface: Water care is important to prevent staining or deterioration of the finish material.

• Longer installation time: Shotcrete pools typically take the longest to install of the three options.

Shotcrete In-Ground
Swimming Pools

A Shotcrete in-ground swimming pool is as  an excellent choice to compliment a ‘naturescape’ in your backyard. A naturescape is a pool that integrates into the landscaping and other backyard features including a manmade pond, waterfall features, custom pavers, elegant fencing, outdoor seating areas and fire pit or fire bowl features. Nothing looks better than a beautifully landscaped yard with seating areas and a fully integrated in-ground pool. 

Fiberglass In-Ground
Swimming Pools

We are proud to offer the complete catalog of Viking® Fiberglass Swimming Pools, lap pools and integrated in-ground hot tubs. You can rest assured a Viking® fiberglass pools has been tested in extreme temperatures, both cold and hot, without affecting the life of the fiberglass pool. Additionally, Viking® pools can be customized to include features like integrated steps, sun ledges, as well as integrated hot tubs. Learn more by clicking the fiberglass pool link below.

Vinyl Liner In-Ground
Swimming Pools

Our steel walled vinyl liner pools are made with the very highest quality and craftsmanship available. The vinyl liner swimming pool’s wall system is anchored with steel braces and a large shotcrete footing, a shotcrete floor, and then finished with a heavy-duty vinyl liner in a variety of colors and patterns to suit your overall vision. Additionally, these vinyl liner pools are easy to care for and very cost effective for use year after year.

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Swimming Pools We’ve Built

Our commitment to quality and high standards has made Bonsall Pool & Spa the premier swimming pool builder in Lincoln, Nebraska. Pools we have built have been showcased in Architects Tour of Homes, Parade of Homes, Pool and Spa News and Aqua Magazine. Below is a selection of pools we’ve built. Click on one to view and learn more.

Reviews & Testimonials

Every time I go there, the employees are fun, friendly and very helpful. If I have a problem, they solve it. If I have a question, they answer it completely and in a way I can understand. They make it easy for me to maintain my pool with their quality products. Every summer is great because of them ! Thanks Bonsall !!!!!

– Ally Milligan

Great service! Demonstration was great. Setup was great. Continued support is great! Absolutely no regrets! We LOVE our spa!

– John Hibberd

Our In-Ground Pool Design
and Construction Process

Each in-ground swimming pool project comes with its own set of variables. To provide you with the best possible options and outcome, our team of expert in-ground pool builders will sit down with you, your architect, or home builder to ensure your new in-ground swimming pool installation will be a success.

Below is a general breakdown of our swimming pool building process.

In-Ground Swimming Pool Design Consultation

A successful in-ground pool project always starts with a consultation with you and any other decision makers in the household. We will sit down with you to discuss your home, your property, and what goals you have for your new in-ground swimming pool. During this consultation we’ll be answering any questions you may have on the type of pool that would work best for your property, custom features, water care options, and any other accessories you’d like to be included in our pricing estimates.

Development of Budget and Pricing

After your initial meeting with our team, we will develop a budget for your review. We will take into account all of the materials and goals we’ve discussed and outline a budget for the installation, the materials, and anything else from your wish list. 

We will then provide the budget proposal for your approval.

Our team will then furnish to you a pool building proposal that itemizes your goals and provides you an estimated budget for approval.

Conceptual In-Ground pool Design

Once you have reviewed and approved the project budget, we will begin developing the conceptual design of your new in-ground pool. In this stage we review the total project requirements and site conditions that may affect the in-ground pool project. We will then render a drawing of the proposed conceptual design for your approval.

Detailed In-Ground Pool Price

After any revisions to the conceptual design, we will provide you with a detailed estimate based on the final drawing. We will then draft a written agreement outlining every detail of the project for both parties to sign. 

Breaking Ground

After the agreement is signed, we will start getting permits, ordering materials, and scheduling the construction crews. Once everything is lined up, it’s time to excavate and begin building the swimming pool.

Completion and project turnover

At the completion of the project, we will meet with you to make sure everything is completed to your satisfaction and walk through the proper care of the pool.   

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