How Long Does It Take To Build a Pool in AZ?
Given the scorching weather of Arizona, it’s hardly a surprise that people would want to build a pool. Building a swimming pool is an exciting experience. It can transform your backyard into a luxurious outdoor retreat and allow you to create a fun and peaceful environment for your children and family to spend time together.
However, many people misjudge how long it takes to build a backyard pool from the original design, consultation, and finished product. Aside from focusing on the price and total cost of building a pool, failing to consider the entire building process is why so many people put off starting their pool for far too long.
Here’s a timeline of what to expect for most pool projects so you can start planning and start making your swimming pool dream a reality.
Designing the Pool: 1 Week
Designing is the first step in which you’ll meet with a professional pool designer and discuss your dream swimming pool with them. They can utilize 3D modeling software to show you how your pool will look once it’s finished. Even while technology makes the procedure go smoothly and quickly, the back-and-forth conversation between you and the professional can take some time.
All relevant details included in the design phase are things such as:
Permitting: 2 Weeks
Obtaining the necessary permits is critical since it’s required in order to successfully move through to the next phases of a pool build. A good Arizona pool builder will have a fast track to getting this done as they’ve completed hundreds of these over time and know exactly what needs to be provided for approval.
The jurisdictions in AZ can provide a permit in a matter of weeks. As a result, the permitting timeline can last a couple weeks. This timeline includes the following locations in Arizona:
Excavation: 1 Week
It usually takes one day to dig a hole for a swimming pool, but it’s a good idea to provide additional time in case something unexpected happens. For example:
- Encountering an unseen obstruction.
- Hard digs – running into rock and caliche clay
- Backlog of other people who planned their excavation before you did.
- Access restrictions – smaller the access the longer the wait typically
Gas, Plumbing, Steel, & Electrical: 5 – 8 Weeks
After trenching and installing gas lines (for hot tubs and BBQ’s) the pool builders will route the plumbing components, followed by steel rebar caging. Electrical will follow and a routine inspection. This will ensure that your swimming pool is perfectly functional and reliable for many years. Additionally, other amenities will be built during this phase of the swimming pool building.
- Lighting features
- Water features
- Hot Tubs
- & Other Hardscape amenities
These steps should take a combined 5-8 weeks, although it could take less or longer depending on the size of the pool and the number of amenities you choose.
Pool Shell: 4 – 6 Weeks
The pool builders will install the shell of the pool during this phase. Depending on concrete availability, labor, and the amount of other jobs in queue you will find this phase to be the longest wait. It is typical for the project to be dormant for 4 – 6 weeks while waiting for shotcrete.
Customer Features: 1 – 4 Weeks
Customer features will be added at the end of the pool construction process for you to personalize it and make it one-of-a-kind.
These custom features include:
- Water features
- Seating areas
- Outdoor Kitchen
- Fire Pits
- Other Amenities
Pebble Interior: 2 – 4 Weeks
Last on the list is when the builder will install the pebble interior during the final phase. A typical wait for your final step is 2 – 4 weeks. After the pebble is installed the pool will get acid washed within 24 – 36 hours. Upon completion of the acid wash, which brings out the brilliance in the surface, your household yard hose will be placed in the pool and the fill will begin! Depending on pool and hose size it should take anywhere from 12-24 hours. Keep an eye on it and do not let it overflow!
Pool Building, Design and Construction Takes Time
Pool building will take anywhere from 4 – 7 months on average. With Fair & Square Pools, you’ll have the assurance that your dream pool will be completed on an accelerated timeline, ahead of the typical industry schedules. Also, the highest quality materials will be used and the most reliable pool equipment. Fair and Square Arizona pool builders can meet or beat other companies’ bids solely because of a limited amount of overhead. The streamlined process allows more of your money to go into your yard.