New Construction Gunite Pool Quote

by Cory
(Save Money On Pool Construction eBook)

We are looking at new construction and want to install a Gunite pool. We are looking for quotes to see if this is doable.

We have done a fair amount of research and understand how widely varied the costs can be. Not sure at this point how to finance the pool or if we should just redirect and look for a home less than 10 years old that has a gunite pool, along with everything else we desire.

Hi Cory. I have received this question many times in the past so I decided to write an extensive eBook about it.

The short answer is this: Except to pay about $1000 per gallon of pool water. If you want a 20k gallon pool you'll pay about 20k.

This is just for the basic pool, 3 - 4' poured pool deck, and filter. The cost will increase when things are added such as slides, diving boards, heaters, waterfalls, water features, elevated spa, etc.. It also depends on the kind of ground you have. If much excavation and/or hard digging needs to be done you can except to pay more. Also, if any sewer or water lines, and the like, need to be rerouted. There are many variables that need to be considered and that are unique to your situation. All of that will affect the final price.

$1000 per gallon is a good rough estimate. Anything widely under that and the contractor may be trying to up-sell things you don't need. Anything widely over that and he might be trying to gouge you.

My website and eBook isn't about the actual construction of pools, per se, but to give you the information you need to build the right pool for you.


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Your Opinion About Our New Pool

by Josee
(Ontario, Canada)

We are thinking strongly on getting in inground pool. We got a quote for a 18x36 humpback kidney. It includes:

Liner, skimmer, 2 returns, salt chlorination (catridge filter), half force triStar pump, heater, 2 LED lights, 3 step ladder (6'), accessories, shock chemicals, 3' Deck, installation, rogh in for water feature.

The pool is from Canswim and the equipment is from Hayward. The quote is $37,290. We have to pay for the electricity, gas, landscaping, water, permits and fence. What do you think?

Thanks for the question Josee

As you know having a pool is great and you're contacting people to get differing options which is wonderful. An 18 X 36 pool holds between 17,000 - 26,000 gallons, depending on the depth. This is a good middle of the road pool for someone who wants a nice pool, maybe have some friends over for a swim party and a cook-out.

I would personally rethink the vinyl liner. Although they have many nice designs and custom features, to me, they're not worth the hassle.

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There are pros and cons for each kind of pool. One of my favorites is Pebble Tec. This rates between a plaster and fiberglass pool. You can get it in any shape that you want (like plaster) and is pretty good on chemicals (like fiberglass). Plaster pools are the most common, but you'll use more chemicals. And if you don't keep the hardness level up you going to get pitting.

This is when the water rips chunks of plaster from the pool walls and floor. Fiberglass is good on chemicals but your limited to sizes and shapes. There are many, but having a "custom" pool might be difficult. If possible, I'd get 2 skimmers.

A salt pool is not a chlorine free pool. You're still producing chlorine. Also, there's a slight difference in a salt pool and a regular chlorine pool.

Salt Water Swimming Pools

Chlorine Generator

Look over those pages along with the salt pool and chlorine generator categories on the pool Q&A page:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Really look over these pages. Many pool owners are unaware of the differences between a salt and chlorine pool. This is my experience with salt pools from having a pool route in Arizona for years, along with being the YMCA pool operator since 2008 (80,000 gallon salt pool).

You can't have decorative rock like Flagstone because the salt might eat away at it so be sure you getting the right decking. Hayward TriStar pumps are good. You may want to look into variable speed pumps. These kinds of pumps use less energy. You have lower speeds for normal filtering and higher speeds for back washing.

Absolutely get an oversized cartridge filter (not the pool pump, but filter). Sand and DE filters are too much trouble. Cartridges rate between sand and DE. You'll use less water because there's no back washing. Simply take out the old filter and put in clean ones. Clean the old and replace when the others get dirty. Very simple. Don't go any larger than a 1HP pump motor. Don't let them sell you on "bigger is better".

You want the right pump for the job, but going too big on the motor and the water will rush through the system too fast possibly tearing the cartridges. $37,000 for a pool this size is right in there. Be careful and get everything in writing. Here are some other pages to look over:

Cost Of Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Financing

Inground Pool Cost

Pool Landscaping Ideas

"Shock" chemicals would need a little clarification. Look over this post:

Do You Really Need All These Chemicals For A Pool Or Are They Just Trying To Get Your Money?

The biggest thing is to understand that a pool is like a living organism; each part is separate, but makes up the whole. I don't want to sound "foo-foo" but it's true. Know how each smaller part works together with the other parts and you're well on your way to having a great pool. And I'm always here to answer your questions.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Pool Build in Southern Arizona

We are looking to build a pool in southern Arizona, and would love to know a ball park price for the pool we are looking into. Some of the things we are looking for:

Gunite Pool
Pebble Tec or Pebble Sheen
15' by 30'
The shape: Greek pool
Depth of pool 3 1/2' to 5'
Cool decking
No other custom features

Thank you in advance!

The size of the pool is the largest component when dealing with the price. I've found on average you're looking at $1000 per gallon, then move up from there. According to your specs, you'll have a 14k pool so the starting price would be $14k.

Then factor in the pebble tec. You're probably looking at around $5 per internal surface foot. A pool with an internal area of 1,000 feet will have an added cost of about $5,000. Sheen would be a bit more.

Add in the decking and you might be at $22k - 24k. Then you need to factor in other expenses such as fees, landscape removal, sewer and water lines, etc..

Please remember that I've written an extensive eBook on this subject - How to Save Money On Pool Construction that can be found on my resources page.



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