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What to Expect When Building a Pool

By Botanical Decorators
January 21, 2014

So you decided to create your own private backyard oasis—and you plan on building a swimming pool to bring your landscape design to life. But what can you expect from such a major landscaping project?

The journey from here can be a long one, but with the right planning and competent contractors, it can also be very rewarding.

Building a Pool

The process of digging up your backyard and pouring concrete, then filling it with water, seems easy enough to understand. However, there are a lot of “behind-the-scenes” points that need to be considered in order to keep your stress levels down and for the project to be successful.

We’ve compiled some tips to help you stay prepared:

  • First, add three weeks to the timeline your contractor gives you. Something always comes up that causes a delay.
  • Each local municipality is different, but it seems like each year there are new regulations and permitting red tape to cut through. Permits and engineering fees can add $3,000- $7,000(on average) to the cost of the project and can take up to three months for approvals.
  • Be prepared for a mess! The construction equipment will need to move from the driveway to the backyard, and grass will often get torn up in the process. Also, take precautions to protect your driveway. Digging the hole for the pool generates a very large amount of soil that will need to be hauled away or graded out on site. Hauling the soil out is expensive. It is important to have a strong understanding of the topography in the project area so that the proper cut and fill calculations are made.
  • The construction process will stop and go; there are a lot of variables to building a pool and many hands are required to put it all together.

The typical progression of a pool construction job will be as follows:

  1. Site preparations and erosion control fencing
  2. Excavation
  3. Plumbing lines
  4. Electrical lines
  5. Gravel and steel rebar
  6. Gunite shell
  7. Filter equipment
  8. Gas and electrical connections
  9. Plaster and water fill

The Patios, Landscaping & Finishing Touches

No pool is complete without the proper landscaping. Be sure that your pool design includes patios, landscaping, and lighting. Omitting this step will produce a landscape that appears disjointed and, ultimately, ends up over budget because the finishing touches were left out of the initial estimates. Think about furniture and seating, the orientation of the sun, and accessibility when making your decisions for this surrounding area.

Choose accessories such as colorful planters with seasonal flowers for a tropical look. A bar, sno-cone machine cart, towel rack, and storage can also add character to your pool oasis, while improving functionality.

And don’t forget about your fencing! Heights and design styles may vary slightly in each county, so be sure to check the regulations. Or just ask one of our landscape designers during your consultation!

Now that everything is complete, you can schedule your next party, sit back, and enjoy the views your new backyard oasis has to offer. But make sure to keep your pool chemistry in balance! This will help your plaster finish last longer and protect your mechanical pumps from corrosion.

Pool Design and Construction in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Be sure to hire a qualified landscape team for a hassle-free project; if you pick the wrong firm it can be very costly! But we understand that the selection process can seem confusing, so take your time and think it through carefully. If you’re unsure what to look for, check out these tips for choosing a landscape designer—and if you live in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., area just call us! Botanical Decorators has a reputation as an award-winning landscape design firm with extensive experience in pool design and construction and can help bring your vision for a backyard oasis to life. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!


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