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How much does it Cost to Build an Inground Pool in 2021?



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Unquestionably aspiring pool owners often get intimidated by the massive costs involved in pool construction. On average, the cost to build an inground pool has gone up roughly 30% over the last two years. Most prices around the country start at anywhere from $36,750 to $66,500. Of course, these costs vary depending on various factors. Some of these factors include the size and design of the pool. The cost of luxury pools can start at well over $100,000. So before you build an inground pool, it is best that you take time to analyze all the construction costs involved.

How much does it Cost to Build an Inground Pool?

Factors affecting inground pool costs

As mentioned earlier, the price of a pool varies based on different factors. Some of them include:

Size, type, and design

Generally, the bigger the pool, the higher the costs. Remember, a larger pool requires more materials, labor and equipment. So, you are likely to pay more for a bigger pool. Additionally, pools with complex shapes tend to be more expensive compared to pools with simpler designs. The pool type also influences the total pool construction costs. Concrete pools are the most expensive, while vinyl pools are the cheapest. 


The location of your pool usually determines the total construction costs. Building an inground pool in warmer regions is more costly compared to building a pool in winter areas. Also, it is more costly to build a pool in urban areas.

Labor and Permits

Different pool contractors charge differently when it comes to pool construction. So, always compare quotes before hiring a particular contractor. The cost of obtaining pool construction permits also varies based on your state. Nevertheless, the labor prices of building a pool range from $5,000 to $30,000.

A breakdown of pool construction costs


The cost of digging the pool area often ranges from around $400 to $1,500. Needless to say, this cost varies based on the complexity of the landscape.


Once the excavation is complete, proceed with landscaping. Expect to spend approximately $5,000 to $10,000 for a decent landscaping job.


The materials used in pool construction significantly affect the total pool construction costs. Usually, concrete and porcelain tiles are the most expensive materials you can use. However, expect to spend between $30,000 to $70,000 on pool materials.


Today, there are various pool filtration systems available. The one you choose often depends on your requirements. Pool professionals report that filtration systems cost approximately $700 to $4,000.

Heating systems

If you live in colder areas, you need to install a pool heater. A pool heater can cost up to $10,000. But on average, expect to spend $1,800 to $4,000 for a pool heater installation.

Additional features

You can use a broad spectrum of features to boost the pool’s aesthetics, functionality, and safety. When purchasing a pool cover, you may end up spending $600 to $2,200. Moreover, extra water features also increase pool construction costs by approximately 10% to 20%.

Types of Pools and their costs

At present, there are three major types of inground pools; concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. Each pool type varies in price.

Concrete pools

Building an inground concrete pool costs approximately $35,000 to $65,000. Concrete pools are the most expensive pool type. In fact, some concrete pools cost up to $100,000. It all depends on the water features and equipment you install in the pool. Nevertheless, it is essential to note that concrete pools offer the highest longevity.

Fiberglass pools

Fiberglass pools are averagely priced. They cost approximately $20,000 to $60,000. Fiberglass pools incorporate the least maintenance costs. Thus, they offer value for money. The size and design of the fiberglass pool contribute to the price variation.

Vinyl pools

Vinyl pools are the cheapest inground pools. Expect to spend roughly $20,000 to $50,000 when constructing an inground vinyl pool. However, you have to replace the liner after every 4 to 7 years.

How to save money when building an inground pool

The cost to build an inground pool is often high. Luckily, there are various ways you can use to save money during pool construction. They include:

Consider aboveground pools

 If you have a limited budget, install an aboveground pool. Aboveground pools are way cheaper compared to inground pools.

Postpone water feature installation

Generally, water features can increase pool construction costs by 20%. Therefore, if you have a tight budget, consider installing water features in the future.

Compare quotes

Before settling for a particular pool contractor, it would be best to compare quotes. Evaluating different costs offered by different contractors helps you find the most affordable option.

Consider a smaller pool

Smaller pools also serve as excellent sources of aesthetics and functionality. So, consider building a small inground pool if you have a limited budget.


The cost to build an inground pool varies based on various factors. But averagely, building an inground pool costs approximately $20,000 to $65,000. If you plan to build an inground pool, always take time to analyze all the costs involved. This way, you’ll be able to cut down the costs.

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Alise Everton has been working in the pool industry for the past decade and is an experienced press correspondent and contributor for numerous trade publications and web portals including and among others. Contact her for guest posting opportunities, press releases, and pool equipment related news.

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Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool

Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps



Cantilevered Pool Design - The Hubertus Pool is the jewel of the Alps

Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.

At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.

Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps.
Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps. Photo Credit:

The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.

Swimmers tell of experiencing an illusion that they are swimming in space. Photo Credit:

Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.

Hubertus Hotel Pool
Hubertus Hotel Pool – Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – Sorafurcia BZ, Italy

The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.

Guests enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas while relaxing in the cantilevered pool.

From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.

ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Massive supports hold up the 82 foot long cantilevered pool which has ignited social media. Photo Credit: Casalgrande Padana

Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.

Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool
Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool – Photo Credit: *noa – network of architecture

Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus

Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104

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The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life



The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

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In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square



In town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square Park

We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.

In town for the Pool & Spa Expo? Visit Thanks-giving Square – Photo Credit:

In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square

The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.

An enormous chatterfall water feature helps drown out the noise and commotion of daily city life.

The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.

The Great Fountain provides a place to reflect and meditate in the center of the city.

The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.

The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.

Mosaic tile artwork by Norman Rockwell symbolizes unity and our spiritual connection as people.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.

The beautiful chapel features 73 panels of hand-crafted stained glass. Photo Credit – Marianne Trusty


Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only

Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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