1. Plan EARLY. Don’t wait until April or May to begin your planning process!
  2. Decide what is important to you about owning a pool.
    • a. Exercise
    • b. Backyard aesthetics
    • c. Sports
    • d. Lap swimming
  3. Decide on the type of pool you want (vinyl, gunite/plaster, fiberglass)
  4. Select your contractor
    • This is an important decision.
    • You don’t want to pick “low bid” on something that is this big of an
      investment! Low bid often means poor quality or cheap equipment!
    • Sort through the sales hyperbole. If you’re talking to a “sales guy” versus
      talking to the person who is going to be on site during the construction
      process….proceed with caution.
    • Get referrals.
  5. Design your pool.
    • a. Size
    • b. Shape
    • c. Features
  6. Be prepared to wait while engineering and permits are processed.
    • a. Engineering and Permits take time.
    • b. Various things can affect this part of the process, such as: waterfront, soil
      analysis, and your specific county permit office.
  7. Construction is messy and takes time – don’t be alarmed and don’t be impatient.
  8. Your pool is done! You’ll enjoy many years of bringing friends and family together in
    your backyard.

FAQ

  • How much does a pool cost?

    An inground swimming pool can start around $40,000 and go up from there. Your limiting factors will be your imagination and your budget!
  • If I can’t afford an inground swimming pool, are there other options?

    Aboveground swimming pools are a great alternative to an inground swimming pools. A quality aboveground swimming pool can start around $2,000 and are designed to be consumer installed. Another great option is a Swim Spa! These wonderful vessels are smaller bodies of water so they can be heated efficiently year round and provide an excellent means of exercising in the low impact environment of water!
  • What is the difference between vinyl, fiberglass and gunite/plaster?

    Each of these vessel types provide a beautiful focal point in your backyard environment and we wouldn’t say that one type of pool is necessarily better than the other. Each type of pool has advantages and disadvantages. When we talk to a prospective swimming pool owner, we ask lots of questions to determine which type of pool might be best for them based upon their specific desires.
  • Which type of pool is best?

    As mentioned in the previous question, each type of pool will lend itself to specific circumstances better but that’s not to say that one type of pool is better than another. We are very partial to vinyl lined swimming pools. They are easy to take care of, easy to refurbish to look “new again” as they age, non-porous surface, are very customizable, economical to take care of, and resistant to staining. Gunite/plaster works well in situations where imagination and budget are BIG! Fiberglass is usually considered the “fastest” pool type to install. All swimming pools are beautiful and regardless which type of swimming pool you install in your backyard, we are here to help you.
  • Can a swimming pool be installed in any backyard?

    We wish that were true! But there are some factors that could limit the possibility of installing an inground swimming pool in your yard (for example: lot size, septic system, county regulations, etc.)
  • How long does it take to construct a swimming pool?

    The construction time will depend upon the type of pool you select and the complexity of the project. Plan well in advance to get your project completed in a timely fashion. And don’t choose a builder because they say they can install it faster! When it comes to construction, faster doesn’t mean better! From the time an excavator is on the site, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months to complete a pool project. Remember…..this is a major construction project!
  • Can you build pools all year round?

    Our building season is short. Due to the heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest, our building season is typically from March through October. We usethose winter months to plan pools with our customers to prepare for installation the following season!
  • Can swimming pools be used year round in the Pacific Northwest?

    There are just a few areas in the United States (the Sun Belt) where outdoor swimming pools can be used economically (and from a practical standpoint) year round. If you install your swimming pool indoors, then absolutely it can be used year round!
  • Can I have an automatic cover installed on my swimming pool?

    Automatic covers lend themselves best to rectangular pools or L-shaped pools. Automatic covers are very popular in the Pacific Northwest and approximately 80 percent of the swimming pools we install are equipped with an automatic cover. Although it is possible to install automatic swimming pool covers on other pool shapes, the installation can be complicated (read expensive) or it can result in “deck drag” that will prematurely damage the cover as it is dragged over a concrete deck surface. An average cost for the installation of an automatic cover during the construction process is approximately $10,000 but the SAFETY factor makes them very popular!
  • Can I have a swimming pool installed if I live on waterfront property?

    It is possible, however, many counties have gotten more rigid in their requirements. The county will require specific setbacks that your proposed swimming pool will have to meet. In addition, there are often delays for waterfront installations as it often has to go through a series of variances and public comment hearings.
  • Do I have to have a fence around my swimming pool?

    Most counties require a swimming pool to be fenced on at least three sides (a home/structure can be a fourth side if alarms are used on the doors coming into the pool area). Homeowner’s insurance companies will also often require fencing.
  • Can an automatic cover eliminate the need for a fence around my swimming pool?

    Most of the counties that we serve still require fencing around a swimming pool even when the pool is equipped with an automatic ASTM safety cover.