Cost to build a pool

How much does it cost to build a Pool in Brisbane

The average cost to get a pool built in Brisbane is between $40,000 and $80,000. Obviously the cost of your swimming pool depends heavily on a number of factors.

What contributes to the cost of a pool?

At Eco Pools we consider the “Cost” of a Pool to not only include the actual Swimming Pool itself, but also all the other aspects needed to create a safe and enjoyable area in your yard.

What is the sixe of your swimming pool?

The size of your swimming pool

  • The length & Width of the Pool will obviously have a big impact on your overall costs, from the amount of Spoil to be Excavated & Removed, right through to the Finished Interior.

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  • However, due to most Contractors having minimum charges, there can actually be not a lot of difference between a 5 x 3m Pool and a 7x3m Pool.
  • A 9m Pool or a 10m Pool? This is where there can be a large “jump” in the costs of the Pool, as at around these lengths the actual Engineering requirements change throughout the whole Pool. From a useability point of view, a 10 metre Pool won’t be of much more use than a 9m Pool, so spend your money on other aspects of your Pool (or even just keep it in your pocket!).

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How much side access do you need to build a pool?

Access to where the pool will be built

  • Excavation and removal of Spoil is always a key component of your costs
  • It is normally based on a Provisional Sum –

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  • Items to be taken into account should be both Access and also Soil Conditions (e.g. Rock, Sand etc)
  • Tipping Fees – Within the Industry these are not normally included in the Provisional Sum, and are dependent on whether a Free Site is available or if a Paid Site is required.
  • Ideal situation is to be able to use an 8 Tonne Excavator with a direct load into 10m Tippers, unfortunately this is a very rare scenario. Basically the smaller the access, the smaller the machinery, the larger the costs.
  • Basic measurements – 8 Tonne excavator 2400mm access needed
  • 3 Tonne Excavator 1600mm access needed
  • 1.5 Tonne excavator 1000mm access needed
  • Most sites require a Bobcat/Positrack to transfer the spoil from the Pool area to the Tippers, narrow/tricky access can slow this process down and as we all know, time is money.

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Is your Pool Site Level Yard Flat or Sloped?

pool Site Levels

  • Is your Yard Flat or Sloped?
  • Normally the most cost effective way to build a Pool is to Excavate and use the “Earth” to Steel and Spay Concrete against.

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    However, many sites are sloped and may need Form Working in the areas where it is above existing ground level. Even though you have a saving on actual Excavation Costs, it is normally more expensive to “Form” a Pool, and of course the costs increase with any Paving or Decking etc around the Pool

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How do you build a boundary fence pool compliant?

Pool fencing

  • Are you going to use glass fencing or Aluminium Fencing (or a combination of both)?
  • What actual length of fencing will you require?

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  • Remember, any metal object that is closer than 1250mm to the Pool Water, will need to be earthed.

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How do you build a boundary fence pool compliant?

Pool Boundary Fencing

  • Proximity to Fencing – If the Waterline of the Pool is closer than 1500mm to the Boundary fence, then the Fence needs to be at least 1800mm in height and “Splash Proof” (this means no gaps or cracks in the Fence).

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  • Alterations to existing Fencing to meet Pool safety regulations may be required.
  • There are two options to meet these Safety Regulations, and we refer to them as either the Non-climbable Option (stopping the child from climbing the Fence from next door) or the Non-climb downable Option (having a sheer drop on your side of the Fence).

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What type of Interior pool tiles are you wanting?

Pool tiles, Interior and surrounding landscaping

  • Type of Coping & Body Tiles around the Pool are important to decide on early in the process. Both Size (400x400mm, 600x600mm) of the Paver along with the Quantity needed, will impact on costs.

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  • Any Paving external to the Coping of the Pool should be laid on a Concrete Slab. While this will increase your costs as opposed to just “Sanding” Pavers in, your paved area will stand the test of time.
  • Will you have a Waterline Tile? Apart from the Aesthetics, it is good building practice to run a Waterline Tile around the Interior Wall of the Pool (we would normally base this on a full sheet of tiles at 300mm deep). By running this tile band you will help prevent a “High Tide” Line (some refer to it as a “scum line”) forming, this is where debris and fading from the Sun occurs on your Interior Product.
  • What type of Pool Interior are you wanting? This will vary from the standard Pebble all the way through to a Fully Tiled Pool.

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How far will the electricity and plumbing need to be brought in?

Pool Electricity and plumbing

  • How far will the electricity and plumbing need to be brought in? Pool Filtration Units are normally best placed on their dedicated Power feed from the Switch Box, and depending on where this is, will influence your actual Pool costs.

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  • Underground services such as Storm Water & Sewer, both Council and/or Private Infrastructure need to be taken into account. Relaxations may be needed if building close to Councils Infrastructure, where your own pipes may be moved.
  • Brisbane City Council requires the backwash run to StormWater, where most other Councils require it to be run to Sewer.

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Are you planning to have a extra spa?

Pool Builder Extras

  • Are you planning to have a spa? While Spas do create an environment where you can “Swim all year round”, they are an expensive item to build correctly. Normally you would use a Gas Heater on a Spa, which allows you to Heat the Spa rapidly (normally in around an Hour and a Half), so the costs of Gas Plumbing would also be needed to be included in your overall costs.

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  • Will there be any water features? Normally built using “Besser” Blocks, with Steel Reinforcing and Core Filling with Concrete. The wall then needs finishes, which could mean using some form of Cladding (Stackstone, Tile) in conjunction with Rendering remaining Surfaces.
  • Pool Heating – Heat Pumps or Solar heating
  • Pool Covers & Rollers

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