Often people will wait until springtime to start enquiring about getting their custom pool built. Unfortunately we have to be the ones to explain that they won’t be swimming in it this summer. It’s important to consider the below timelines and plan your custom pool build accordingly.


1. Preliminaries

Before your custom pool can even be started, we must first consider that the preliminary stage takes time. Designs need to be drawn up and engineered and then they will need to be submitted to your local council or certifier for compliance & approvals.

Some pool builders will have their clients sign a contract for their pool build and lock them into pricing without having any of the preliminary expenses included. This can blow out the budget and also timelines so be sure to do your homework and check your quotes for inclusions. In some cases, this preliminary part can take anywhere up to 6 months, depending on your individual project.

2. Time For Concrete To Cure


Once your pool has been excavated and the shell has been poured, the concrete needs to sit for 4-8 weeks in order to cure properly and ensure that the pool is structurally sound. If the concrete isn’t cured properly, it can suffer from numerous issues, including cracking, drainage problems and increased water absorption.

The process of pouring a pool is an exciting one, but it's imperative that the concrete cures properly before the interior can be completed. This is often part of the process that many people don't consider.

3. External Landscaping

digital-1_4721The custom pool building process encompasses much more than just the pool. Often people don’t consider the hard scapes needed for the surrounds of the pool. This includes tiling, paths, concrete, retaining walls etc...  This is something that needs to be factored into the budget and the timeline as this will generally need to be completed before or alongside the fencing & balustrading. 
The way you choose to finish the surrounds of your pool can help to bring your space to life. Do your research here though, certain natural stone and timbers can create a whole lot more maintenance for you when used around a pool.

4. Fencing or Balustrading

digital-1_4714When planning your pool and landscaping, it's important to also allow time for your fencing and balustrading.  These obviously can't be commenced until the pool & landscaping are completed. Fences or balustrades provide important safety features for your pool and without these in place, your custom new pool isn't going to pass compliance.

As you can see, there's much to consider in this process. Aligning yourself with a good custom pool builder will help take the guess work out of timelines. They will also be able to guide you with all your finishes, and what will be lower maintenance etc.. allowing you and your family more time to relax, swim and enjoy.