How much does a pool really cost?

Maybe you and your family have been dreaming about an outdoor space that makes you feel like you are always on vacation. A place to celebrate, relax, and make memories—a place where you can exhale stress and inhale peace, a staycation that is available year-round, and a great investment for the whole family. There is no need to take time off from work or school and no need for back-to-back vacations. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you can walk out your back door and take a two-hour or even a ten-minute block of relaxation whenever you want? Can you feel the vibes already?

So, where do you start? When making that dream become a reality, one of the first things to do is to research prices. But don’t stress out, because we have made this really easy for you!

So, How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost?

The average cost for a basic inground pool project is between $45,000 to $65,000. The lower the price the more basic the material used to build the pool.

Outdoor Elements specializes in the extravagant. We build home-resort, lifestyle-centered outdoor spaces in the $100,000 and up range—breathtaking landscape design backed by architecture education and exquisite high-end outdoor living features. Carefully selecting an award-winning and professional pool and landscape designer is important when creating the outdoor pool of your dreams.

So, let’s break it down from here. There are plenty of places within the pool building process where the price can be broken down. First, let’s dive into choosing a foundation.

How Do I Choose A Foundation For My Pool? 

When it comes to your pool project, you have a few options to choose from for your foundation. Choosing a reputable, trustworthy company will guarantee that the unseen parts of your project are as meticulously and artfully designed as everything else. The foundation material that you choose will not only determine the price of the project, but also the price of the maintenance. We recommend that you make this decision with long-term benefits of the material in mind.

Vinyl-Lined ($30,000–$50,000)

Maintenance ($1,200–$2,000 per year)

Vinyl-lined material is less expensive, but the annual cost can be higher. If you have pets that are swimmers and have sharp nails, we do not recommend vinyl, because it scratches easily. Also, there is the potential to have to replace the pool liner every ten years. But, with the help of technology, adding fungus and a UV inhibitor can make it last up to 18 years. This material is a great option if you are into “DIY” cleaning and don’t want to use cleaning chemicals often. Vinyl comes in a variety of shapes, textures, thicknesses, and colors.

Even though vinyl pools are cheaper to construct, they have grown and evolved in quality and durability. Done right, a vinyl pool can be competitive with fiberglass and concrete pools. The pool industry has invested in creating more durable and high-end vinyl pool options, giving designers opportunities to create something breathtaking for your outdoor space on a smaller budget.

Fiberglass ($30,000–$70,000)

Maintenance ($500–$1,500 per year)

Do I hear a summer job opportunity for your teenager? Even though you may need to use more cleaning chemicals on a fiberglass pool, the cost and maintenance fiberglass pools is less than vinyl and cement pools combined. These pools can be installed with salt or chlorine generators. Fiberglass is the easiest material to install, and in the majority of cases, weather is not an issue for installation.

Fiberglass does have a limited selection of designs and colors, when compared to vinyl or concrete options. However, a great designer will not see these obstacles as limitations, but as challenges to bring your dream pool to life.

Concrete ($45,000–$65,000 basic pool and up)

Maintenance ($2,500–$4,000)

Concrete pools are considered the Mona Lisa of the industry. This is the area where Outdoor Elements’ artistry and expertise soars above the competition. We tailor every aspect of design and function to any and every liking, budget, and most importantly, any vision. Every component of a concrete pool can be customized—stairs, jumping platforms, in-ground bars, fire and lighting features, waterfalls, you name it. The sky is the limit! These types of pools last up to 50 to 100 years, which is a wise, long-term investment for any property and family.

Now, let’s talk about the maintenance needed to keep this beauty at optimal levels of operation. The good news is that if any repairs are needed, they are the easiest and cheapest to fix, due to concrete pools’ durability and reliability. They will need an acid wash every three to five years, and re-plastered every 15–20 years. This all depends on the type of plaster chosen and proper maintenance of your swimming pool.

Let’s Have Some Fun with Extra Outdoor Living Features

We don’t want you to just like your outdoor living area, we want you to love it! This is where we get excited! Customizing and designing your outdoor space is our passion here at Outdoor Elements. Like we said before, our landscape design is backed with architecture education. Adding personal details molded to your tastes is what makes your dream unique. Sit down, relax, and take a look at these stunning featured designs:

  • Fire Features – Whoever said an outdoor space was only usable during the summer months wasn’t from Houston, Texas! Why not create a space you can use during the winter months, too? You can add amazing fire features that make every heart feel warm at any temperature.
  • Perimeter Overflow, Infinity Features and More  – Desiring a resort vibe in your design? We have you covered! We can create your pool with a perimeter overflow or infinity look to give your new pool a resort style feel. The horizons can inspire any soul, which is why infinity pools are such a big trend! Only we know the reason why…
  • Beach Entry and Tanning Ledges  – Tropical beaches may be far away, but the sun shines everywhere. Having a beautiful beach entry and tanning ledge will bring the Caribbean right to your backyard.
  • Swim-up Bars and Built-in Seating – The party can be held inside and out, so let’s get creative with your menu, and we will take care of the seating!
  • Deck Jets, Bubblers, and Laminar – We love that we can mold water into any shape or form. Seeing it in motion is satisfying for any soul.
  • Volleyball, Umbrella, and Drink Table Sleeves – Adding a volleyball net, umbrella, and table sleeves into your gunite shell can provide a place for fun activities, a shady place for sitting in your pool, or a place to set your drink. Your pool can also be functional and fun all at the same.

At Outdoor Elements, we are committed to providing all our clients with a superior-quality service that is built on our consummate professionalism, dependability, enthusiasms. We have a big heart for our clients, and we love to make your dreams come true. Let us build your next project. We guarantee the process will be as enjoyable and exciting as the results. Call us today, and let’s talk more about making your dreams your reality!