How much does it cost to build a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is a great asset to your property, enhancing its value and giving hours of enjoyment to you and your family. If you are seriously thinking of adding a swimming pool to your garden, then you will want to do your homework first. In this article we’ll take a look at how much various pool types cost to be installed and any other expenses that may be involved during installation. Running costs such as maintenance and chemicals will be covered in another article.

So here’s the rundown on how much it costs to build a swimming pool.

How much does it cost to build a swimming pool?

Above-ground Outdoor Pool

This is the cheapest option for a home swimming pool. Made up of a pre-purchased kit, it can be assembled by any competent DIY enthusiast. A 24×12ft pool will typically cost around £5,000.

Self build In-ground Pools

These pools are available in kits and require good building knowledge to install them. Machinery hire and building tools will also be needed. The kits typically start at around £10,000.

Outdoor Pools

Outdoor pools need to be installed by professionals, so make sure you get a quote on how much it will cost. One of the most popular pool type is the mid-price ranged customised in-ground liner kit, costing around £45,000. Luxury mosaic tiled pools are more expensive, with prices starting at around £75,000.

Indoor Pools

Indoor pools carry extra expenses as you will have to either convert an existing room/building or construct a new house extension to house the pool. You will also need to have a dehumidifier or an environmental control system fitted. Prices for the pool and accompanying environmental systems (not including the building work) start from £80,000.

Extra costs

If you want an indoor pool, you may need planning permission to build or alter the building it will be housed in. If you are installing an outside pool, you may need to factor in the cost of a heating system if you want to use it outside the summer months. You should also discuss with the company who is fitting your pool, how much the ground-works will cost (i.e. digging out the earth required to install the pool). Many companies may not quote this due to complications such as soil-type and drainage, but it is worth discussing with them all the same.