You can’t possibly imagine how badly my family wants a pool. But we don’t know where to start. What can I expect with new pool costs and accessories? How can I get us from the dreaming stage to the swimming stage?
Signed; Pool-less in Plainfield
Don’t despair. You have to start somewhere. As is the case with any big project, you have to break it down. While I can’t tell you exactly what your new pool will cost and what you might need in addition to the pool, I can give you some advice to help you get started. You’ll need to get in-home estimates from your local pool professionals and decide how you’d like to finance your pool. So let’s break down how you can get a little closer to that “swimming stage.”
On average here in the Midwest, a basic inground fiberglass pool or inground vinyl liner pool installed with a pump, filter, chlorinator with a simple concrete deck surround (and don’t forget, water) will typically fall somewhere between $38,000 and $40,000 without the optional accessories we’ll discuss later in the post. That said, there are many factors that will affect the overall cost of your pool.
The term pool accessories refers to everything other than the pool itself, and there are plenty of them to consider. There are cool built-in features, like tanning ledges, beach entries for freeform pools, beach entries for rectangular pools, infinity edges, wading pools, wet decks and bubblers. There are great add-on features to pump up the atmosphere and fun, like wall and step jets, waterfalls, fountains, custom lighting, diving boards, slides, pool floats and sports equipment. There are convenient ways to keep your pool covered, comfortable, clean and safe, using heaters, chillers, automatic cleaning systems, alternative water purifiers, solar blankets, winter covers and automatic pool covers. And then there’s everything that will surround and enhance your pool, such as landscaping, concrete decking, patio furniture, fencing, ledge loungers and designer handrails. It’s quite a list, isn’t it? You might not need all of those things, but you’ll need to factor in what you do want when you’re thinking about cost.
Of everything I’ve listed above, probably the biggest consideration in terms of cost is concrete decking. (And fencing, if you need it.) There are so many concrete styles, coatings, and stamping options to choose from, and you’ll probably end up wanting a little more patio than you originally thought. Remember though, it’s a one-time investment, and you want to make sure you’ll have plenty of room to party around the pool. Keep in mind that any accessory that is structural needs to be done during construction, so you’ll need to talk to your pool builder up front about that. Many of the other accessories are optional, and you can always add them in the years to come, while you’re enjoying your pool.
In future posts, we’ll go into more detail on all of these accessories. There’s so much to talk about, so stay tuned! But for now, it’s once again time to for me to grab a float and enjoy my pool.
Until next time…
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