FAQ: Why do my cost estimates vary so much?

By Kurtis Bednarcyk   Like cars, guitars, and movie stars, not all backyard swimming pools are created equally. From the DIY above-ground frame and liner to the monstrosities you may have seen on MTV Cribs, one can only assume that there is also quite a lengthy continuum of the cost to build as well. Even if you have already decided on your preferred construction material (we build exclusively “gunite” pools), there can be a significant price range from builder to builder. Can you swim in any old hole in the ground? Sure (and George Lazenby can play James Bond!), but the old adage is still true: You get what you…

Which Shaped Pool is Right for Your Backyard?

A well-designed pool will enhance the entire look and feel of your home. It should blend in beautifully with your landscaping and complement the shape of your yard. It should NOT feel like someone just dropped a pool into an empty patch of lawn. An inground pool can be constructed in any shape, and an oddly-shaped lot can actually lead to the creation of a unique and beautiful pool. But, how do you pick the best location and the most flattering-shaped pool for your backyard?  The examples below address these and other issues you should consider before building your own personal oasis. Please feel free to send me any questions you may…

FAQ: Should I consider companies that offer very low prices?

It is actually possible to build a pool at a low price. But you should be aware that to build a low cost pool, structural elements, craftsmanship, equipment, and design are all compromised.  Using an inexperienced builder, or poor quality construction materials can also put you and your family at risk. The old adage is still true: You get what you pay for. At Design Pool & Spa, we will work with you to determine a budget that meets your needs, and we can custom design your pool to fit your financial parameters. The end result is a beautiful and dependable custom pool that is within your budget.

FAQ: What factors affect my pool cost?

The costs involved in building a swimming pool vary from one swimming pool installation to another. Some of these factors include the type of pool you choose, the pool size and shape, the extent of the hardscape you choose to enhance the design of the pool, and the options or “frills” you select.  As the customer, you have the greatest influence on your total budget as you control the design of your pool’s additional features.

FAQ: Why do pool cost estimates vary so much?

The price of a pool is determined by much more than just the size and shape of the pool. Unfortunately, many contractors don’t include important factors that affect cost in the actual estimate they provide. This also means that you can get hit with hidden charges after construction has begun. Some important things to consider are:

  • Design expertise
  • Skilled and experienced craftsmanship
  • Quality of materials
  • Underground strength and durability
  • Time required for construction
  • Warranties
  • Worker’s compensation and liability insurance
  • Customer service

FAQ: How much work is it to maintain a pool?

How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?  In the past, pool maintenance was more of a chore. But with today’s technology and conveniences, owning a swimming pool is easier than owning a car!  Automatic pool cleaners, pre-programmed filtration and heating, as well as various sanitizing devices all make your pool simple to maintain. Your only concern will be finding more time to enjoy your pool or spa!

FAQ: How do I select the right pool builder?

When considering having a pool built in your backyard, hiring the right builder can be a challenge. Here are a few things to consider in determining the best fit: What is the company’s experience and skill level? Do they have a competent, professional team? Is the company in good standing with your local Better Business Bureau? Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with a list of reliable references? How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building pools in your area? Be sure to visit their showroom…

FAQ: How do I pick my pool design?

Each property has unique features that should be considered when your pool is being designed. So does your family! At your request, a design expert from Design Pool & Spa will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. He or she will ask you how you intend to use your pool. Is exercise important? How about family use? What about location? Where will the pool look best when viewed from your home? Our design expert may take photographs of your yard. Then they’ll prepare a custom design that fits your needs.