How to Build a Swimming Pool
A swimming pool in any back yard creates a great way to spend time with family or friends and get in fun exercises. Swimming pool construction may sound like an epic task but when taken step-by-step, it’s actually not that hard. Here are steps describing the swimming pool construction process. Some other construction processes can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_methods_for_private_pools.
Step 1: Design the pool
You’ll start by creating a design for the pool that you are looking forward to build. Will the pool be square? Will it be Round? How deep do you want it to be? What color do pick for the pool? These are the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself before starting the project. Note that the more complex the design, the higher the budget will be. Urban Swimming Pool Builders custom design all of their pools based on your property. Check out their site for some designs.
Step 2: Get a permit
Apply for a permit from the relevant authority in your local city and get a contractor lined up. You may also have to consult and apply with the home owner’s association in your area, since not all neighborhoods agree to the idea of building a swimming pool. If your contractor is experienced and qualified he/she may be in a position to do these things for you. It’s good to keep in mind that in specific areas, pools are normally taxed extra and failing to do so may get you into serious trouble. It’s therefore advisable to register your pool with the authority so as to avoid tax evasion charges.
Step 3: Excavate the area
Rent the essential equipment required for construction (at least a backhoe) and start digging the area where you want the pool to be constructed. It is important at this point to have the permit from the local authority with you, to avoid the risk of running into utility lines that you don’t know about.
Step 4: Grade the ground.
After excavating the area, you should even out the ground along what will be the new bottom of your pool. This will make it easier to build the walls and put in the floor of the pool. There are several ways to grade the ground of a pool but if you want a sloping floor, you should find someone with experience to do this for you.
Step 5: Frame the walls
With the hole now excavated and the land well-graded, it’s time to start putting in the walls. You should start by framing the walls of the pool with metal and wood rebar. Ensure that the walls are even and also in line with each other.
Step 6: Put in the plumbing
Get an approved plumber to help you in adding the required plumbing for your pool. This is the time to create a filtration and supply system which will meet the codes for your local area. Hire a plumber with pool experience to ensure that your pool is not ruined.
Step 7: Install the electricity
Hire an electrician to run power to the pool if needed for filtration system or lighting. This is another time where you must get a professional to avoid the risk of water and wiring coming into contact.
Step 8: Pour the floor
With plumbing and electricity in place, you can now start building the walls and the floor of your pool. Get the cement truck and pour the floor, grade it and smooth it. Ensure that you pay much attention to angle of the floor in case the pool has a depth variation. See them here: http://urbanswimmingpools.com.au/concrete-pools/ – these are all concrete swimming pools.
Step 9: Build the walls
With the floor of the pool in place you can now build the walls. The walls are often made from poured concrete or cinder block. It is important to discuss the type of wall you want with your contractor. The walls are normally constructed with their tops even and at a good level to the surrounding ground.
Step 10: Finish the walls
Swimming pool construction requires some type of moisture barrier to prevent water from leeching out. They come in different options so it’s important to talk to your contractor and decide what’s good for your pool.
The most common options include the following:
• Plastic liner
• Sprayed plastic coating
• Plaster coating
• Real tile covering
Step 11: Fill in the outside
Fill in the area behind the walls of your pool.
Step 12: Fill the pool
With your pool complete, you can now fill it up with water. Depending on how the pool was plumbed, you can have a water supply company come and fill it up or use your own water supply.