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New Construction – What to Expect

Pool Construction

What to Expect

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Design & Engineering

One of our expert designers will meet with you to design a pool that will be tailored to fit in your backyard based on your wants, needs and budget. We will then provide you with a design and a complete bid for your acceptance. With a contract in hand, we will obtain all necessary engineering from a qualified structural engineer. We will then submit for permits from the local jurisdiction. Once the building permit is obtained, the construction kicks off in high gear.

Layout & Excavation

This is one of the most exciting phases of swimming pool construction, excavation. Excavation is the digging and forming of the swimming pool. The very first thing the excavation crews do is the pre-grade. Pre-grade is the clearing of the pool site and the grading of the area for the swimming pool. This allows the crew to paint on the ground the final shape of your pool and at the same time the crew will stake the perimeter of the pool and add forms for the structure of the pool. The typical time needed to dig a pool depends on various factors. These factors include: access, soil conditions, and overall size and depth of the pool. Most pools these days are dug in a week.

Rough Plumbing & Electrical

Once the pool is dug, it’s time to move on to the rough plumbing and electrical. This is where all the trenches will be dug for all the pipes and conduits necessary to operate your pool. Sometimes, the rough plumbing & electrical will be broken down in a couple of parts, otherwise all trenching and installation of the pipes and conduits will be done at the same time. This includes installation of the suction and return lines, water-feature lines, fill lines, gas lines for swimming pool heater and future barbecues and fire pits, and the electrical service line. In most cases this will take up to 10 days to complete, and may be done either before, during or after steel.


The steel phase is the addition of rebar formed in the ultimate shape of the pool. Our crew will “tie” the steel using bailing wire in a grid pattern determined by the structural engineer. This will normally take a 3 days to tie the steel depending on the size, shape and any raised walls or bond beams.

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Up until this time, your backyard will look like one big disaster area, with trenches running here and there and a big hole in your yard with a crisscross pattern of rebar running through. Shotcrete is the application of the concrete to the pool surface, it makes the shell of your pool. The crews will arrive and via a hose will apply the concrete in the end, the pool will have a close to finished look.

Change Orders & Materials

Any time you change what you want for the project, including materials and finishes, the project may be delayed and additional costs may be incurred.

Tile & Rock

After the installation of the Gunite or shotcrete, the waterline tile and any rock or boulders will be installed on your pool. The tile is necessary to provide an easy surface to keep clean at the waterline. For pools with the contemporary look or classic style, tile is incorporated into the design and is applied not only to the water line, but also to any raise walls or water-features.


(Concrete, Pavers, Trex, Tile, Stone, etc.) With the tile installed, the next addition to your swimming pool project is the decking. For most swimming pool owners, the deck of choice is concrete. Other options being, grass or landscaping, tile, stone, pavers and natural or synthetic wood products. The installation of decking takes a minimum of a couple of days for forming and finishing, or it can require multiple days and weeks depending on the surface. The deck crew will also be responsible for installing the equipment pad, where all the pumps, filters, heaters and other equipment necessary to operate your pool will be located.

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Equipment Set

At equipment set, we will return to install all the equipment. The lights will be installed, control panels will be hooked-up, all pumps, heater and filter will be mounted to the equipment pad and plumbed.


Plaster provides the waterproofing surface for your pool. Typically, this can be done in a day. After the swimming pool finish has been applied, now is the time to start filling your pool.

Construction Clean-Up and Start-Up

Once the bulk of the construction is complete, all excess and left over materials will be removed from the pool site. All empty boxes will be hauled to the dumps, and finally, your backyard will be ready to be enjoyed and not looking like a disaster zone. The last item left to do is to start up the pool. The startup process assures all equipment is operating and the swimming pool has all of the necessary chemicals to prevent algae and other problems.