One common question we get asked is “how long will it take to build a pool?” The answer to that question depends on a number of different factors which include (but are not limited to):
- The planning process
- The time of the year
- Your local consent authority
- Other contractors
Let’s take a look at how these factors can influence your pool construction.
The planning process
Planning your new pool can be a lengthy process as there are many decisions to be made:
- What type of pool is best for you?
- What shape, size, colour?
- Where will you place the pool?
- If you’re building a new house, should the pool be installed before or after?
- What landscaping should happen before or after your pool is installed?
- What kind of pool fencing will work best for you?
It stands to reason that one of the biggest influencing factors of how long it will take before you are swimming in your new pool, is the time spent making decisions on your preferences.
The reality with swimming pools is that once they are in the ground, they are there forever, so it pays to give yourself a comfortable timeframe to ensure the right decisions are made.
The type of pool you choose
While the benefit of concrete pools is that you are not limited by shape or size, it pays to remember that concrete pools, especially if you opt for detailed and complex shapes, may take several months or more to complete.
Of course, the installation of the pool is only one aspect of the pool project. It can take most households between 3 and 6 months on average to feel satisfied that they have completed their pool landscaping. That means that your pool can be up and running while you add the finishing touches at your own pace.
The time of the year to Build A Pool
As you can imagine, when weather gets warmer more people start to think about swimming pools. In summer time, most pool builders are inundated with enquires from people who want to be swimming in their new pools as soon as possible. If you want to enjoy a lengthy first summer in your newly-built pool it’s a good idea to be talking with your pool builder at the June/July point or even earlier.
Naturally, summer weather lends itself to construction. Many people choose to renovate, build and undertake other major projects when the weather is more stable. Because of this, the demand for mid-summer pool builds does increase dramatically and spaces fill up quickly.
That’s not to say that if you enquire in November (or even December) you will miss out on swimming that season, however it does pay to get in early!
Often in January or February people make the mistake of thinking “we’ve missed out on this summer, so there’s no rush”. No mess and no disappointment at a time when you want to be enjoying your pool.
Local consent authority
Once you have completed your planning process, a development application (or complying development certificate, or permit submission) will need to be lodged. In most cases this is something that your pool builder will do for you (although separate fees may apply).
The processing time for a permit varies from town to town (4-6 weeks is not unusual). Summer is a busy time for the pool industry so processing times during peak season are typically at the high.
Most pool projects require several contractors from electricians to concreters, fencers and pavers. The availability of your contractors can also have an effect on how long it takes before you are swimming. In most cases your pool builder will have a list of preferred contractors whom they trust and work closely with.
There are elements to Build A Pool that will rely on another contractor completing their part of the project. Because of this, we suggest having a firm plan before the project commences. If each contractor knows when to show up and is aware of the scheduled, you lessen the project delayed.