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How Much Do Inground Pools Cost?

Imagine having your own heated, inground pool that you can enjoy nearly year-round. If suiting up and walking into your own backyard for a swim any time of day is something you dream about, this article is for you. Finding an answer to your question, “How much do inground pools cost,” can be difficult. Many sellers of “luxury” products hesitate to attach a price tag. Though this may be part of the reason, it’s not the only one. Custom gunite (concrete) pool pricing depends on a number of variables, because it’s really a design and construction project, not a product that’s delivered or worn out of the store. In this article, you will learn about five variables that can dictate the cost of installing an inground pool in your own backyard.

Five factors that determine the cost of an inground gunite pool installation

The beauty of a custom gunite pool is that it can reflect your style and needs and be uniquely your own. Anytime something is designed and custom built, the costs will vary along with the customizations. Here are the five primary factors:

1. Bigger pools cost more

5 cute boys and girls of varied ages jumping into a backyard pool in front of a wooden fence while holding hands.

This may seem obvious, but breaking down the cost of pool construction begins with the size of the pool. The quantity of materials and the labor costs increase with the size of the swimming pool. As an example, a 16’ x 32’ rectangular pool will cost more than twice as much as a 14’ x 20’ pool according to Michael Dean of Pool Research.

3. Custom Shapes

curved pool with connected spa in backyard with palm trees in behind houseCustom shapes can be a great way to make the most of your available space and add a touch of class. An experienced pool designer can create almost any shape and can make suggestions based on your yard and needs. Commonly requested custom shapes include:

  • Round
  • Kidney
  • Star
  • Cross

Custom pool shapes are pricier due to the additional engineering and labor required to create them. However, depending on the shape, size and landscaping of your yard and your style, the extra price might be totally worth it.

4. Custom Pool Features

Custom shaped pool in backyard of two-story house. Retaining wall includes waterfall into pool and tiki bar on top.

Just like when you look at options for a new car, there are add-ons that can be must-haves. If you’re going to build a pool, you want it to be uniquely you and have all the features you need or that would simply bring you more joy as you swim, soak, or entertain.

Inground swimming pool features include:

  • Separate spa
  • Spa within the pool’s footprint
  • Fountains or other waterfalls
  • Additional entry points
  • Handrails
  • Tile or other material upgrades
  • Built-in LED lighting
  • Built-in Seating
  • Built-in Sound System
  • Vanishing pool
  • Water treatment system
  • Heat pump
  • Additional patio (hardscaping)
  • Retaining walls
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing
  • Pool Cover

4. Excavation and Access Challenges

The size and scope of the pool are the biggest factors when all things are equal. However, when it comes to digging a pool-sized hole in your backyard, that cost can vary depending on the ground you’re excavating. Poor soil conditions, high water tables, and sloping terrain can all be challenges that require more work. As a matter of fact, some sites may be unsuitable for an inground pool if these factors are not easily mitigated.

How easily the pool construction crew and equipment can get to the installation site can also be a factor, whether it’s a steep, narrow driveway or a small backyard gate. If you have a level backyard with easy access and no soil issues, your installation costs will be lower.

5. Local Market Pricing

Material and labor prices will vary by region and will fluctuate with the local economy. The local market price in Northern California may contrast greatly from that in Texas or Hawaii, for instance. In addition, the abundance or lack of pool builders in your area can also impact your price. Lastly, the cost of the permit to build the pool will vary by local jurisdiction.

Estimated Cost of an Inground Swimming Pool

Discovering the cost of your own inground pool involves unraveling key factors like size, custom shapes, features, excavation challenges, and local market pricing. The price can range significantly, based on myriad variables. A basic, small, rectangular pool with no frills and an easy installation can start at $50,000, while a fancier, bigger pool with custom materials and features can run as high as $500,000. Only an estimate from an expert pool builder can tell you the true cost of your dream pool.

Choose Lux Pools in the SF Bay Area

With so many custom options to choose from, only you know what you need from your pool and what you want it to look like. You can discuss all of the variables with the experts at Lux Pools. From the convenience of daily swims to the added property value and the therapeutic benefits of water, there are myriad reasons why a custom inground pool is worth considering.

Learn more about the benefits of installing a custom inground pool.

Ready to turn your California dream of a beautiful inground pool into reality?  If you’re in the Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, or anywhere in Sonoma County, Marin County, Lake County, Solano County, or Napa County, reach out to Lux Pools today for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate! Don’t miss out—take the first step towards creating your own aquatic haven!

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