Q? What is the process for getting a swimming pool quote?
Our consultant will arrange to meet with you to discuss your ideas and look at any plans you may have, perhaps make a visit to the proposed site. We talk about lifestyle requirements, what you want to use the pool for and what you envisage for the finished project. We will then send you a written quotation comprising a base construction price for the pool and a list of additional equipment options that you can select to make owning and operating you pool simple and straightforward.
Q? What about pool design? Do I need to have plans already?
Good design for a pool is about creating a balance between the project looking great, and also being functional. We can assist you with ideas and advice for your swimming pool design, or we can work with an existing plan if you have already engaged an architect or landscape designer.
Q? How long does it take to build a swimming pool?
It generally takes about 3 months to complete the actual construction phase; however this depends on the level of difficulty involved with the project. Prior to construction we need to obtain a building permit which takes approximately 4 - 8 weeks and encompasses completion of engineering design, issuing of insurance etc. If the local council determines that a town planning permit is also required then this administration timeframe can double.
Q? How close can I build to a property boundary or existing building?
There is no simple answer to this. We are not allowed to excavate within the angle of repose if it will affect the support of an existing building. Angle of repose is the maximum slope or angle at which soil remains stable without falling or sliding. Depending heavily on soil conditions we can usually excavate to within a metre, and in some situations we can go right up to the boundary, but this generally involves underpinning or some other form of foundation works to protect the neighbouring property from being undermined.
Q? Do I need a swimming pool fence?
Swimming pool and spa owners are required by law to have a pool fence or safety barrier around their pool. Government standards and regulations stipulate how the fence should be designed and constructed, and also how to maintain the fence in accordance with Australian Standards 1926.1. Pool fences must by non-climbable by young children and need to include self-latching gates.
Q? What else should I budget for?
Some other items you need to consider when budgeting for your pool are:
- Pool coping
- Pool fencing
- Paving / decking
- Licensed plumbing and electrical connections
- Supply and delivery of water to fill the pool
These items are generally not included because they require specially licensed tradesmen.