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How Much Do Luxury Pool Builders Cost?

Why Build a Luxury Pool?

Adding a swimming pool can make your home the place to gather, whether for your family, your kids and their friends, or to host outdoor parties. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the industry, reports that the pool, hot tub, and spa industry experienced unprecedented growth in 2020. The organization predicts that increasingly more homeowners are looking for a “complete outdoor entertainment space” in 2021.

However, building an outdoor experience is not an endeavor you can just dive into without careful consideration. You have a lot of decisions to make, especially if you are looking at luxury pools that have all the bells and whistles.

Beyond your available space, you have to think about the type of pool, the design, and the extras that will make it a showpiece – something unique that fits your aesthetic and your lifestyle. There are so many options for luxury pools these days, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to making your ideas a reality.

Of course, cost is a consideration for most homeowners. You might dream of a backyard oasis that would make a Hollywood celebrity (or at least your neighbors) jealous, but your budget has the final say on which features and extras you add to your pool. The sky may be the limit with your imagination, but your budget likely has a ceiling, so you need to balance your vision with the reality of what you can afford.

Still, choosing luxury pool builders will help ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. We’ve put together this guide to help you create a backyard you’ll want to hang out in every day.

How Much Room Will You Need?

A big consideration when building your dream backyard is the dimensions of the pool and patio. The size of your yard is essential, but you don’t necessarily need a huge backyard to have an amazing luxury pool. Even if you have a small yard, you can still build something spectacular.

Beyond the size of the actual swimming pool, there is the decking that goes around the pool. The average swimming pool deck is anywhere from 600 to 900 square feet. Some experts recommend that you have a patio with at least a three feet perimeter around the pool to keep out debris. It’s safer for those walking around, too, and provides room for seating and lounging.

It can be difficult to get a sense of space when you’re just looking at a printed design or walking it out in your backyard. Work with a swimming pool company that can provide a 3D digital design for you so you can see how the pool will lay out in your yard, along with decking, landscaping, and other additions you may want to include, such as an outdoor kitchen, a wet bar and/or a dedicated entertainment area. You may also want a grassy area where the kids or the dogs can run around. 

Remember that your backyard is like any other room in your house; you can usually fit all kinds of amenities into the space. Just think of how you want to utilize your backyard, and then work with a pool designer who can figure out the spacing for you.

Types of Swimming Pools

You may not realize that there are many types of pools you can have built in your backyard. If you’re going for an inground pool, there are three basic types based on the materials used.

1. Concrete/Gunite

One of the most common types of pools uses steel-reinforced concrete and plaster to create a shell. The plaster-coated shell allows it to hold water.

2. Fiberglass

Fiberglass pools come as a pre-formed shell that is lowered into the excavated hole. It’s known as a “ready-made” option. Most manufacturers offer several different models and sizes. Because these types of pools are ready-made in a factory, there isn’t as much room to build a custom design.

3. Vinyl

This type of pool combines vinyl with a metal or plastic frame. It can be set above ground or inground. The supporting walls are made with plastic, steel, or aluminum. The vinyl liner then forms the shell around the walls.

Types of Luxury Pool Designs

There are many different options when it comes to luxury swimming pools. Many of these designs allow for infinite customization. 

Infinity pool

These luxury pools are custom built to offer an unobstructed view of your surroundings. The “disappearing” or “zero” edge gives the illusion of dropping over the edge of the property. 

pool with steps by mountains

Architectural pool 

This pool is designed to match the architectural style of your home. Often this is done at the same time the house is being built, but it can be done later. 

Recreational pool

A variation of the architectural pool, this design can include fun features such as water slides, shade cover, tunnels, or caves. If you have young children, this style can give you lots of fun and unique options. 

Lap pool

Narrow and measuring up to 25 meters long, this pool is primarily used for health and fitness reasons.

Freeform pool 

This type of pool has an irregular or naturalistic shape. It can have curves or flowing lines.

Lagoon-style pool 

This design is similar to a freeform pool, but it typically incorporates other elements such as a waterfall, fire feature, rock design, caves, and/or grottos.

Beach-style pool

Also called a “zero entry” pool, one end of a beach-style pool is designed more like a natural shoreline with no steps but a gradual entry to get into the water.

Lazy river pool

This type of luxury pool can stand alone or be part of a larger pool. It is designed to feel like a natural river, with jets that gently push a floater down “stream.” 

Indoor pool

This style is immediately adjacent to the house and includes at least a partial roof covering it. Indoor swimming pool contractors specialize in this type of design.

If you need inspiration, check out our gallery to get a feel for the limitless options you have for your design.

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Other Design Features

You don’t have to stop with just a pool. Your backyard is one giant space just begging to be used. You can add a variety of features to create your backyard oasis, such as: 

  • Natural rock features
  • Custom pool entry
  • Tanning shelves
  • Beach entries
  • Fire elements/fire pits
  • Luxury waterfalls
  • Heated spa

NOTE: If you have young children, it is essential to put a gate around your pool. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children 5 and under. In some states/counties, a pool gate might be required by law.

What Do Luxury Swimming Pool Builders Charge?

Knowing your budget is essential. Putting in a pool can be very costly, especially if you’re looking at luxury pool designs. The average cost of adding an inground pool is anywhere from $46,500 to $66,500 and goes up based on the level of customization you choose.

The price depends on many things, including the size, depth, materials, pool type, and add-ons like rock features, a heated spa, or a waterfall.

An above ground pool is much less costly, running from $8 to $16 per square foot or $1,800 to $5,000. However, you don’t often have as much freedom to create a custom swimming pool luxury design.

Here are some general starting prices for various types of inground pool projects:

  • Concrete/gunite = $29,000 – $60,000
  • Fiberglass = $18,000 – $65,000
  • Vinyl liner = $25,000 – $45,000
  • Lap pool = $20,000 – $70,000
  • Lagoon style = $50,000 – $100,000
  • Plunge = $14,500 – $24,500
  • Indoor = $110,000 – $220,000
  • Hot tub or spa = $8,000 – $25,000
  • Salt water pool conversion = $600 – $2,200 

If you plan to put in a deck, hot tub, outdoor lighting, safety gate, or a pool cover, add $2,000 to $10,000 more to the starting price.

Choose An Experienced Professional For Your Luxury Pool

If you have a specific vision of what you want your backyard to look like, luxury swimming pool builders are the way to go. A luxury pool is custom-built to your specifications with high-end materials and feature options that will ensure your oasis is everything you’ve dreamed of.

Contact us to find a location near you.