Pool Building Cost on HIREtrades

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How Much Does Pool Building Cost?

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Pool Building Cost

The pool building cost varies depending on different factors such as style, size, and materials used.

For budget type pools like fibreglass pools or above-ground vinyl can go about $10,000 to $25,000. On the other hand, pool building costs for a large in-ground pool or a natural pool can go about $60,000, depending on the factors mentioned above.

The most popular types of pool include fibreglass, vinyl-liner, and concrete. These are different materials that can be used for building swimming pools hence prices will vary.

Swimming pools made with fiberglass will cost about $25,000 to $35,000. Concrete swimming pools around $30,000 to $A100,000, while vinyl-liners cost around $10,000 to $50,000.

Read further to know more about each pool type.

How Much Does Pool Builder Charge?

A swimming pool builder may cost around $70 per hour on average. However, for complex swimming pool projects, it can cost more. Generally, pool builder cost varies depending on the state.

In places like New South Wales, pool builder costs are approximately $70 per hour which is among the cheapest States.

On the other hand, in the state of Victoria, the cost is about $75.00 per hour and in Queensland, it is about $88.00 per hour.

Pool building charges also vary because some can take care of important aspects in building a swimming pool. This may include acquiring council approval and compliance with building standards and regulations.

Hence, if you are planning to build a swimming pool, ensure that your pool builder is licensed and can provide you with a quote that will carry out the whole pool building cost, with no scope gap or hidden extras.

Additionally, they can also take care of important aspects in building your swimming pool so there are no hassles or problems when the construction starts.

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How Much Does a Pool Cost?

Pool building costs depend on the type of pool you want to be installed. Different types include:

Fibreglass pools

Fibreglass pools are premade which is why they are cheaper. They can cost from $10,500 to $65,000. A limitation is that they have limited design options, but are more cost-effective.

Fully above ground or partial ground fibreglass pools are cheaper than other types.

Above Ground Pool

Above ground pools are cheaper than inground pools. However, they come with additional costs. It can cost around $2,000 to $7,000 depending on the shell you will use.

For example, above ground pools that use resin shells or vinyl liners may cost around $3,500 to $6,500. Additionally, it will increase when excavation is required or other works like timber decking or pouring of concrete foundations etc.

Plunge pools

For small-sized areas, plunge pools are the perfect type of pool installation. They cost around $8,000 to $15,000 depending on the size and materials used.

If decking is needed, you can expect to pay an additional $1,500 to $5,500. They can be installed in an in-ground pool or above ground pool format.

Plunge pools are becoming popular nowadays because of their compactness and versatility. They add an attractive aspect to your backyard plus they can be used for aquatic exercises or just for relaxing.

Inground concrete pools

Inground swimming pools cost more than the usual type of pools because they require excavation services. Inground concrete pools can cost around $25,000 to as much as $100,000.

While inground swimming pools can be more expensive, they can offer a wide choice of additional fixtures and aesthetic features that can make your home more attractive.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Building a Pool

Different factors can affect the cost of building a swimming pool. Here are some for consideration:

Pool Size

Pool size is the most common factor that affects the pool building cost. As the size of your pool increases, so does the expense as more materials are required.

A bigger pool also requires more labour and time for the project to be finished. Hence, this can also add to your pool building cost.

Inground or above ground

Another important factor is whether the pool installation is inground or above ground. Inground pool can be more expensive because of excavation and soil removal. However, they are more permanent than above ground pool installations.

Although, there are instances where an above ground pool installation can also be expensive. This may be due to the site layout or place it will be installed.

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Pool location

When considering the pool positioning is best to consult professional pool builders for advice on the degree of difficulty. If the site or location is difficult to access, it may not only cause delays but additional costs as well.

Remember that pool installation also requires machinery to get into the site. Access is sometimes overlooked and must be considered.


With different designs and materials for swimming pools, the choice that you make will affect the cost. For example, fibreglass pools in sandy soil with easy access will be cheaper than a concrete pool in rocky ground with restricted access.

Other costs and safety measures

If you decide to have a swimming pool, safety measures must be in place especially when you have kids at home. Generally, pool fencing with kid-proof locks and self-closing gates are required and you must check with your local authority for approval to build and other regulatory requirements.

When installing an inground swimming pool, paving around the pool will need to be factored while a deck may be required for above ground pools. These requirements will need to form part of your cost plan.

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