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Building a pool: what does it cost?

More and more people are realizing how nice it is to have a pool in your own garden. Instead of having to worry about any access restrictions or long journeys, you can simply take a vacation in your own garden. Surely many more people would opt for a private swimming pool in the garden if it weren't for the problem of cost. Of course, you can also put a pool in the garden for less than € 1,000. However, this then becomes little more than a large paddling pool for the children and is hardly suitable for bathing or even swimming.

If, on the other hand, you want a swimming pool that deserves its name, you have to reckon with several thousand euros. However, the cost shouldn't keep you from fulfilling your dream and building your own pool. On the one hand, there are financing options. On the other hand, you can save by various measures when building a pool. In addition, a swimming pool in the garden increases the value of your property considerably. In a relatively short time, the costs for building the pool are recouped. You can find out what specific costs you expect when building a pool here.

Cost factors when building a pool

The cost of a swimming pool varies a lot. The most important factors include:

  • Type of pool
  • size
  • material
  • Costs for accessories
  • operating cost
  • Different types of pools

Of the prefabricated pools, plastic frame pools and steel wall pools are the cheapest variants. You hardly need any preparatory work in the garden. You can build the pool yourself and the costs for accessories and maintenance remain within limits. However, these swimming pools only last a few years and are not winter-proof.
Other pool types such as GRP pools or swimming pools made of polystyrene, foil, concrete or even stainless steel are much more expensive. This is because they must be built into the ground. This increases the effort and thus the costs considerably, because extensive construction work is necessary to complete the pool, which is not included in the costs for the pool.

The size

Size is a key factor in cost. The bigger the pool, the more the pool costs. On the other hand, the pool must be of sufficient size for you to be able to swim. A standard pool for the garden has dimensions of 8 x 4 m. In terms of depth, experts recommend a maximum of 1.5 for the pool. In practice this results in a depth of about 1.35 - 1.40 m, which is deep enough to swim, but at the same time shallow enough for adults to stand in the water and chat or play ball.

The material

In addition to the size, the material determines to a large extent how expensive it will be to build the swimming pool. Of the prefabricated pools, the steel wall pool probably offers the best value for money. The steel wall is stable, the pool can be relatively large and there is no major effort involved in building it. A styrofoam pool is almost as cheap as a steel wall pool. You can mostly build it yourself, because the styrofoam stones can be easily processed by hand. The bottom and walls of the pool are made of styrofoam stones, which are lined with a special foil that does not let water through.
A GRP swimming pool, on the other hand, is supplied as a finished pool that is embedded in the construction pit. This considerably reduces the construction effort. However, the GRP pool is more expensive and difficult to transport.
A classic pool with a concrete or plastered brick basin is even more expensive. If you have the manual skills and time, you can build a swimming pool like this yourself.
A basin made of stainless steel represents the best of the best. The basin is usually manufactured individually according to the customer's specifications and transported to the installation site in one piece. This variant is very expensive. On the other hand, a stainless steel basin has an almost unlimited lifespan.

Costs for accessories

When building a swimming pool in the garden, you don't just have to consider the cost of the pool. You will also need accessories to operate the swimming pool. These include:

  • Filter system & circulation pump
  • Pool heating
  • Pool cover
  • Security fence
  • Pool vacuums & skimmers
  • Stairs or ladder to get in and out
  • Underwater lighting

These things are usually not included when you order a pool, but must be ordered separately.

operating cost

The one-off costs for building the pool are not enough. Your swimming pool also incurs ongoing operating costs. These are, for example, costs for electricity (pump, heating) and water, but also for chemicals, repairs and spare parts. Depending on the size of the pool and the intensity of use, the costs are very different. The larger the swimming pool, the higher the operating costs. Even with a small pool, you have to reckon with around € 700 per year in operating costs.

The construction costs

One major cost item has not yet been mentioned: the construction costs. You can only set up a small prefabricated pool on the ground or on the lawn in the garden. For all other pools, pool construction is an extensive project that requires considerable effort and costs. In practice it looks something like this:


For the installation of the pool, the ground must be excavated in order to create the construction pit. How much that costs depends on how much soil has to be moved and how it is made. Loose, sandy soil can be excavated better than stony soil. In addition, there are the costs for removal. Usually the soil has to be disposed of in a landfill. That costs additional money. For an average swimming pool you can calculate around 500 € for the excavation when building the pool. Construction companies do the job in a day.


The next step in pool construction is the construction of the foundation. The ground must be leveled and a layer of gravel and crushed stone poured on top of which the concrete slab is poured. Reinforcement and backing may be required. The costs per square meter are between € 15 and € 54. For a standard-size swimming pool, you can expect around € 1,000.


In the last phase of the pool construction, the walls are concreted. You have to plan in another € 1,000 for this. In the case of a prefabricated pool, the walls must be backfilled with concrete to give them the necessary stability.

Other costs

There are additional costs involved in building a swimming pool. Depending on the size of the project, you have to hire an architect to build the pool, construction plans have to be drawn up and permits obtained. If you opt for a prefabricated pool, installing it in the garden is not enough. The transport of a GRP or stainless steel pool is complex. Before installation, the electrical connections and the water supply must be completed.

Sample calculation for the installation of a GRP pool

In the example chosen, the average cost of building a swimming pool with dimensions of 5 x 3 x 1.2 m is taken as a basis. The costs are distributed as follows:

  • GRP pool including delivery: approx. € 7,500
  • Excavation including disposal: € 5,500
  • Foundation: 600 €
  • Concrete work: € 1,100

That adds up to € 14,700. But that's not the total cost of building the pool. You still have to calculate the costs for installing the supply lines and accessories. The water for the first filling also costs money.

The pool construction is not yet completed with the installation of the pool. Most pool owners also beautify the area around the swimming pool. The edge of the pool is surrounded by a surface made of plates that are used for sunbathing and relaxing. Perhaps there is also a roof as a stand for a bar or a music system.

6 tips for saving money when building a swimming pool

When you build a pool, you have a number of options for saving. If you use them all consistently, you can get a considerable discount.

1. Compare prices

It pays to compare prices regardless of whether you are building the pool yourself or buying it ready-made. This allows you to buy material, finished parts and accessories much cheaper without having to compromise on quality.

2. Buy products online

The best thing to do is to buy the products you need for building in a well-known online shop. There you have the largest selection with affordable prices. In addition, you do not have to drive for miles and the order will be delivered to you in the garden. It couldn't be more convenient or better!

3. Order the complete set

This point is particularly true if you buy a pool with a prefabricated pool (GRP or stainless steel). Many online shops offer complete sets that already contain the most important accessories such as circulation pumps, sand filters, lighting and stairs or ladders. Not only does this save you money, but you can be sure that the parts are suitable for the pool.

4. Go for your own contribution

This saves you the most on building. Try to build as much as you can on your own. Seek assistance from friends, neighbors, or coworkers. In return, you organize a pool party for all helpers as soon as the pool is filled with water. Even afterwards, you can invite the helpers to swim from time to time.

5. Hire specialists

Even the best handyman can't do it all alone. Specialists have to be commissioned for some work. Research online for companies with good references and get 2 or 3 non-binding cost estimates for you. This is part of the service in solid companies and gives you an idea of ​​the costs. A written cost estimate may also be exceeded by a maximum of 20 percent.

6. Fill the pool

Of course, when the pool is ready, it must be filled with water. You can also save here. Under no circumstances should you take water from the drinking water pipe. It takes a long time and is very expensive. You better talk to the public utility company. They either deliver the water in a tanker or allow you to take it from the nearest hydrant. It's cheaper and much faster.

The most common types of pools

There are many different ways to create a pool. Here is an overview of the different types of pools:

  • Quick-up pool with inflatable ring
  • Frame pool with plastic pool
  • Steel wall pool
  • Styrofoam pool
  • GRP or polyester basin
  • Concrete pools or masonry pools
  • Stainless steel basin

Each of the different types has its advantages and disadvantages. A quick-up pool is cheap, but holds little water and is not suitable for swimming. A steel wall pool, on the other hand, holds significantly more water and, depending on the version, is even suitable for swimming. However, it is not very permanent. Other pool types are permanent, but considerably more expensive.

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How do you finance the pool construction?

That depends on what the total cost of the project is. If it is just a relatively simple above ground pool that you put on the lawn in the garden, a normal consumer loan is suitable. Many retailers also offer purchase in installments.
If, on the other hand, you are planning a larger pool with a masonry or prefabricated pool, financing through your home loan is an option. Talk to the bank that financed the construction or purchase of your property. Since the swimming pool adds significantly to the value of your property, there should be no problem getting the loan approved.

It is better not to calculate the loan too tightly, but rather add 10 percent for unforeseen expenses. Many banks allow the early repayment of a loan without penalties.

What should you look out for when building a pool?

Think carefully about who you will entrust the work to. Get in contact with well-known companies. It's best to get some testimonials and talk to other pool owners. The Internet is a good research tool. There it is often sufficient to enter the phrase "Experiences with ..." followed by the name of the company to get to forums where consumers can share their experiences. Ask the company of your choice for a written estimate. This means that you know what costs to expect. By law, a written cost estimate may only be exceeded by a maximum of 20 percent.

Plan your pool carefully!

Many people dream of being able to swim in their own pool in their garden. If it's about more than just a paddling pool, it's a big project, but quite feasible. In order for the pool construction to succeed, you have to plan and prepare the project carefully. For a standard pool measuring 8 x 4 x 1.5 m you have to calculate well over € 10,000. However, that should keep you from doing so. The costs can, for example, be reduced by doing your own work. In addition, it shouldn't be a problem to get funding for the pool from the bank. The money for building the pool is well invested. This not only increases the recreational value of your garden considerably, it also increases the value of the property. A pool in the garden is an investment in the future. Do not hesitate, start building your pool!

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