How Long Does it Take to Build a Swimming Pool?

Jan 7, 2021

A backyard swimming pool is a luxurious oasis of relaxation, family fun, and backyard entertainment. While it can be costly to build a swimming pool, the construction may lead to a property value increase, but how much of your time will you need to set aside for the construction process?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Swimming Pool?

While the length of time it takes to build a swimming pool varies depending on project scope, the general timeframe for construction is between 1 and 3 weeks after design and permits are approved.

According to the website Swimming Pool, the process to build a swimming pool occurs in six phases:

  1. Design
  2. Permits
  3. Excavation
  4. Steel, plumbing, and electrical
  5. Gunite, plastering, vinyl, fiberglass
  6. Deck, landscaping, custom features

Homeowners can expect their swimming pool project to be complete in 8 to 12 weeks from start to finish.

The JM Mento landscape design team build a swimming pool in Massachusetts

What are the Pros and Cons of Building and Owning a Swimming Pool?

There are many pros and cons to consider as you prepare to build a swimming pool. For homeowners in Massachusetts and around New England, it’s important that you carefully weigh the pros and cons before making the costly upfront investment.


  • A backyard swimming pool is great for exercise and other outdoor recreation
  • A perfect way to cool off in the hot, humid New England summers
  • Great for family fun and entertainment
  • The cost to build a swimming pool today is more affordable than in previous years
  • With proper pool maintenance and care, you can easily keep the pool in pristine condition for decades.


  • Swimming pools pose serious dangers. Always makes sure children using the pool are supervised and have protective fencing with a secure lock installed. 
  • While it is possible to increase property value with swimming pool installation in some neighborhoods, other homeowners in Massachusetts may find selling their home more challenging if buyers do not want to take on the demand of owning a swimming pool.
  • A lot of maintenance is required to keep your swimming pool in great condition. Failure to keep up with this maintenance can lead to safety and health issues.
In-ground pool in backyard of a residential home on a sunny day

How Much Does Swimming Pool Installation Cost?

The cost of in-ground pool installation is dependent on a few key factors:

1. The size and shape of the pool

Nothing too surprising here – the bigger the pool, the higher the cost.

2. The type of pool (concrete/vinyl/fiberglass)

The type of pool you choose will be one of the main factors when it comes to pricing. A concrete pool is the most costly option, and the most long-lasting and durable. 

If your budget is a bit lower, many Massachusetts homeowners turn to a fiberglass pool or vinyl pool! Fiberglass is durable and easier to install, while vinyl is the most customizable option available. 

3. Ground conditions

Ground conditions and elevations may impact the cost of your in-ground pool installation in Massachusetts. If your backyard is on uneven elevation, you may need to consider a retaining wall. While this will result in higher outdoor living project costs, retaining walls is another great way to enhance your existing landscape and increase your home’s value

4. Pumps and electrical systems

Before your landscape designer and their team can break ground on your in-ground pool installation project, you may need to contact the utility company to obtain a map of your electrical systems to ensure no lines are disturbed. Both your electrical and plumbing will need to be run to the pool to complete the installation process.

5. Permits

A building permit is required to install an in-ground pool in Massachusetts, though the laws may vary town-to-town. Visit your local government website for more information regarding the required permits. 

3D AutoCAD rendering of an in-ground pool. This is phase two of the landscape design process.

What is the Average Cost to Build a Swimming Pool?

Once all of the above factors are considered, your landscape designer will provide you with an estimate for the in-ground pool installation. While each landscape design project is unique in its own right, the average cost of in-ground pool installation in 2020 ranges from $36,658 and $66,494. 

Homeowners in Massachusetts considering in-ground pool installation will also need to prepare for the maintenance that comes with owning a pool – the costs can continue to build up once the installation is complete. 

On average, Massachusetts homeowners will invest between $1,200 – $1,800 a year for the routine pool maintenance, in addition to increased utility costs and potential repairs. 

To learn more about the cost to build a swimming pool, visit the JM Mento Landscape Design Services page and schedule a free consultation today!Follow JM Mento Landscape Design on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz for project details and updates!

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