What are the steps to building a pool?

If you’re here, it’s probably because you’re like us and you’ve dreamed of having a pool for a long time. There’s a reason a swimming pool is an iconic symbol for relaxation, quality time, and status. It’s the ultimate place to bring loved ones and when it comes to throwing a party, there’s no setting that can compete.

But which pool is right for you and what steps do you need to take to make your backyard dream come true? We created this Build a Pool Guide to help you through the steps of pool ownership. Here at we will walk you through every step, from designing your perfect pool, to finding a builder, to pool care, safety, and more. So, let’s get started!

Step 1

Choose a Pool Type

The first step in your journey is to decide what kind of pool is right for you. Your budget, lifestyle, landscape, available space, and personal taste will all play a part in whether an inground or above ground pool is the best fit. If you’ve already made up your mind, we will explore all the accessories and features that make your pool unique in step two.

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Step 2

Accessories and Features

In addition to thinking about bigger-picture decisions like shape, size, and depth, you’ll also need to consider the overall appearance and function you want from your new swimming pool. There are near endless possibilities to upgrade your pool from surface and decking, to fire and water features, to outdoor kitchens , lights, and more. Once you’ve selected your must-have add-ons, you’re ready to find a reputable builder.

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Step 3

Find a Builder

Finding the right contractor to build your pool requires research and vetting. Our Builder Locator can help start off your list of potential candidates. You can also ask family and friends for recommendations. From there, you will want to check reviews, talk with the builder about the pool you want, and get quotes from multiple sources. Next, we’ll explain the process of getting a building permit .

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Step 4

Get Permits

Getting a building permit for your pool is one of the easier and cheaper steps on this list, but it’s an important step in pool building for multiple reasons. Permits are there to ensure that your pool is safe and if you don’t comply, you could be looking at some major fines! After you get your permit, you can finally start building the pool of your dreams!

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Step 5

Excavate and Build

After preparing your pool plan, finding a builder you trust, and getting your documents in order, the real show begins. It’s time to start digging and so you can bring your backyard paradise to life! Here are the steps to the pool construction process:

  • Excavation – Digging the hole in the ground
  • Steel Work, Plumbing, and Electrical – Installing the power and water lines
  • Installing the Concrete, Fiberglass, or Vinyl Shell
  • Building the decking, finish, custom features, and landscaping
  • Filling the pool, adding chemicals, and mechanical start-up
  • Orientation

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