Many people think that building a pool is as simple as digging a hole, slapping some tiles on, and filling it with water. In reality, however, there’s a lot more that goes into the process of building a pool. This is why the process can take up to 12 weeks. In this article, we’ll break down the pool building process and the time frame so that you know what to expect. With that said, let’s get to it.
Pool Design: 1 to 4 weeks
The very first step to building a pool is to design one. The time required for the design will vary depending on the complexity of the overall design and the landscape itself. In a typical job with a simple design, the process may only take about one week or less, but in one where there are many complications, it can take up to 4 weeks.
Permitting: 2 to 6 weeks
To legally build a pool in your home, you’re required to have a pool permit, which is often the most time-consuming step of pool building. You need to file all the legal documents and required evidence and wait for the administrative office to respond to your request. If there’s anything wrong with the paperwork, they may reject your filing, which means that you will have to do it all over again.
The speed at which your request will be responded to also depends on the municipality that you fall under, as some may be faster than the others at answering these requests. This process will take around 2 to 6 weeks in most cases, but it can be even longer depending on the nature of the construction plan. For example, if there are any pipelines under the area you’re planning to excavate, you will have to adjust your plan accordingly until it’s deemed safe by the state’s engineers.
Excavation: 1 week
Once you have the permit and the construction plan ready, you have the authority to excavate an area in your property for a pool. This step should take around 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the complexity of the excavation project.
Plumbing and Electrical Work: 1 to 2 weeks
Once the excavation is complete, the construction team will have to lay down the steel route, plumbing pipes, and electrical wires to make a complete pool system. Everything that a pool requires, from water irrigation and lighting to automated cleaning, will be installed during this process. This step should take around 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the size and features of the pool.
Installing Gunite, Plastering, Vinyl or Fiberglass: 1 to 3 weeks
Once all the systems are set in place, the next thing the construction team will have to do is to turn the dirt hole into an actual pool. The walls of the pool will be lined with either gunite (sprayed concrete), plaster, vinyl, or fiberglass. Each of these materials offers different benefits and will require a different amount of time to install, which will affect the overall time it will take for the pool to be complete.
Deck, Landscaping, and Custom Features: 1 to 4 weeks
Once the pool itself is complete, the next thing the contractor will need to do is to build the deck and landscape around the pool. The process should take around 1 to 4 weeks depending on the number of features there are in the construction plan. After everything is ready, the pool will be filled with water. There you have it — a brand new pool, ready for use during the blazing hot summer!
If you’re planning to build a pool in your home in Melbourne, Victorian Pool Builders is your best option. Get in touch with us today and see how we can help with your construction project.