Pool Budget

Pool and Associated Costs Overview

The best way to find out what may be possible to build in your yard and what it may cost is to have us visit. We have found, however, that many of our customers benefit from having realistic expectations before we arrive. The following outlines some basics that will help you create a wish list and prepare for budgeting before we meet.

The Pool

Naturally, the first cost we should outline is that of the Pool itself!

A typical 16′ x 32′ pool with average options (gas heater, lights, salt water) costs approximately $42,000 plus tax.

The shape does not generally affect the price. The size of the pool can affect the price by approximately $400 per foot of length or width as a general rule. Jameson pools are built using the highest quality materials and techniques. Pool Equipment options can impact the price of a pool by up to $10,000.

Pool ownership is now easier than ever!

The Patio

Just as important as the size of the patio is the material selection when it comes to cost. The minimum patio area associated with a pool is 275 sq.ft., and the average project we design has 800 sq.ft.. It is not uncommon for larger projects to have 1,200 sq.ft. or more!

Concrete materials range in price from $9 to $14 per sq.ft., with brushed concrete priced at the low end of the range and patterned concrete options priced toward the upper end.

Typical patios of popular interlocking stone cost from $20 per sq.ft., though differing product choices can result in a range anywhere from $16 to $24 per sq.ft. and beyond.

Natural stone ranges from $25 to $45 per sq.ft. When using stone products, a concrete subdeck is often required which a cost that is typically in the range of $2,500 to $3,300.

Patio coping (the material choice at the edge of the pool) will affect the price as well.

There are many other considerations for backyard projects such as retaining walls and steps for elevation changes, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, outdoor washrooms, pergolas, privacy screens, sprinklers, garden lighting, wood decks and plants to soften and complete the look.

Common Pool Costs

Pool, 16 x 32 pool with popular options   $42,000.00
300 sq.ft. of concrete deck   3,300.00
Gas hook up, pool heater located at side of house near meter   900.00
Electrical hook up to pool system   2,300.00
Remove damaged sod and replace (1,000 sq.ft. @ $2.50/sq.ft.)   2,500.00
Fence repair (4 sections removed for access and reinstalled)   600.00
Permit fees (varies by city and scale of job)   400-1,700.00
Pool Subtotal   $52,000-53,300.00

Common Project Upgrade Costs

Upgrade to 700 sq.ft. of popular interlocking stone starting from $20/sq.ft.   $14,000.00
Allowance for cuts and waste   $1,800.00
Upgrade to 100′ linear ft. of flagstone coping   4,500.00
Cabana ($3,000 to $40,000 for outdoor living room; assume average)   7,000.00
Waterfall ($2,900 to $7,000; assume average)   3,500.00
New fence (100′ pressure treated 6′, varies on style and post; assume $36/ft.)   3,600.00
Upgrades Subtotal   32,000-36,100

Common Construction Concerns

Gas and Electrical Connections

We arrange and schedule licensed tradespeople to handle these tasks. There are municipal regulations for placement of pool equipment. When the pool equipment requires underground lines the costs go up. The gas quote is usually straight forward but there are regulations as to placement of the heater as well. Electrical hook up is regulated by the ESA and an electrical permit is taken out as part of the cost. Power for cabanas can be quoted as well.

Access for Construction

Many projects require using a neighbor’s property in order to gain access. It is very important to talk to them prior to booking a project. A typical job can mean a minimum of 500 passes for a machine over the access route in various weather conditions. Considerations that can push up the project costs significantly are: the size of machines that can be brought in, tree/garden damage or removal, a/c unit or gas meter removal, steel plate protection for patios, damage to driveway and patios, damage to sprinklers, fence removal, and anything else that might get in the way or be traversed frequently during construction.

Length of Construction

This is usually the first question asked after we start digging. The typical pool is built in 3 to 5 business days. The landscaping and patios can take from one week to many weeks depending on the scale of the project. The average pool landscape project takes just 2 to 3 weeks before we are ready to fill your new pool!

Guidelines above are based on standard costs effective Spring 2018.