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Pool Cost Guide: Plan, Price & Purchase Your Dream Pool

Discover the cost of a fiberglass inground pool and more with this comprehensive guide. Explore size, type, features, landscaping, and annual expenses to make your backyard dream pool a reality.

Deciding to install a pool in your backyard is an exciting decision that can provide endless fun and relaxation for you and your family. However, before you get to relaxing in your finished pool, there are many factors to consider; it can be challenging to figure out the cost of installing a fiberglass inground pool. Continue reading this comprehensive guide, it will help you navigate through the process of planning, pricing, and purchasing your dream pool, breaking down each step and the associated costs. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of what goes into the price of a fiberglass inground pool and be better equipped to make an informed decision.

Step 1: What’s The Best Size for a Pool?

The size of your pool is one of the biggest factors in determining the final cost. Generally, the larger the pool, the more expensive it will be. Pool sizes typically range from small plunge pools to large lap pools. To decide on the size of your pool, consider the space in your backyard and any pool regulations, your budget, and the primary purpose of the pool (entertainment, exercise, relaxation, etc.).

For a recreational, family pool, we would recommend a large pool: 32ft long by 14ft wide and a depth of 4ft. For this we suggest the Cabo San Lucas Pool. For a relaxation pool, we would recommend a medium pool: minimum 23ft long by 10ft wide and a depth of 4ft. For this we suggest something like the Playa Del Carmen. For a plunge pool, we would recommend a small pool: minimum 11ft long by 5ft wide and a depth of 3ft. For this we suggest the Hulopoe Pool.

Cost breakdown:

  • Small (up to 26ft): $30,000 – $45,000
  • Medium (27-34ft): $55,000 – $60,000
  • Large (35ft and up): $60,000+

Step 2: What Types of Pools Are There?

There are two main types of inground pools. Fiberglass is one of the most popular choices due to its durability and low maintenance requirements. Another option is a vinyl liner pool. Which has the advantage of being completely customizable to fit your space and needs. It’s essential to research and choose the best option for your needs.

Cost breakdown:

  • Fiberglass: $65,000 – $100,000
  • Vinyl liner: $55,000 – $75,000
Hamilton Fiberglass Pool Installed by Boulder Design Landscape Construction
Fiberglass Pool

Step 3: What Features Can I Add to My Pool?

Adding special features to your pool can greatly enhance its aesthetic appeal and functionality. However, these additions can also significantly impact the overall cost. Consider the following features when planning your pool:

  • Pool lighting: $700 – $2,000
  • Saltwater system: $2,500 – $4,000
  • Water features (waterfalls, fountains): $1,000 – $10,000
  • Diving rocks: $300 – $5,000
  • Tanning platform: $1,000 – $5,000
Pool With Diving Rock

Step 4: How Much Does Landscaping a Pool Cost?

A complete dream backyard and pool area includes more than just the pool itself. Hardscaping and landscaping elements like patios, fencing, outbuildings and low maintenance plants and landscaping can create a beautiful, inviting space that complements your pool. These elements can vary widely in cost, depending on the materials used and the complexity of the design.

Cost breakdown:

  • Patio: $5 – $30 per square foot
  • Fencing: $75+ per linear foot
  • Landscaping: $50 per square foot
  • Pool Shed: $15,000
  • Gazebo: $7,500

Step 5: What are the Annual Costs With Owning a Pool?

In addition to the upfront costs of installing a pool, there are ongoing annual expenses to consider. These include pool maintenance, treatments, utility costs, and potential repairs or replacements. Be sure to factor these costs into your overall budget.

Cost breakdown:

  • Maintenance: $1,200 – $1,800 per year
  • Chemicals: $300 – $600 per year
  • Utilities: $1,000 – $3,000 per year
  • Opening / Closing: $1,000 per year
  • Repairs and replacements: $200 – $2,000 per year (depending on age/condition of pool)
Boulder Design Austin Smith

How Much Does a Pool Cost Summary

As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to the overall cost of a fiberglass inground pool. By understanding each step and the associated costs, you can make informed decisions that align with your budget and vision for your backyard oasis. While the initial investment may be substantial, a well-designed and maintained pool can provide decades of enjoyment and even increase the value of your home.

In summary, here’s a quick recap of the costs associated with a fiberglass inground pool:

  • Fiberglass pool, average size: $60,000+
  • Special features: $700 – $10,000+
  • Hardscaping & landscaping: $1,500 – $30,000+
  • Annual costs: $2,700 – $7,400+

This brings your total potential cost for building your dream backyard starting at $100,000. Have a look at our completed projects – see something you like, click on the image – as we’re proud to list our competitive prices for each job.

Keep in mind that these figures are only general estimates and can vary depending on your location, specific pool design, and personal preferences. It’s always best to get in touch with us for a free quote on your project so you know the exact figure.

Now that you have a better understanding of the costs associated with installing a pool, you can confidently move forward with the design, planning and purchasing process. Happy swimming!

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