In-Ground Pools: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Process

Matt Tabor

/ 8 min read

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If you’re considering installing an in-ground pool, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the process. Don’t worry; we’re here to break it down for you step-by-step and provide clarity on what to expect from your pool installation journey.

From initial consultation and design phase, to construction, hardscaping, landscaping, and even climate considerations for winterization – Earthform has got it all covered.

Curious about the timeline of your project? We’ve got that too! Throughout this article, we’ll also share some real-life client testimonials so you can hear firsthand experiences of others who have gone through this process. Also checkout our previous post covering our proven process. 

Remember, knowledge is power – especially when it comes to big projects like installing an in-ground pool.

So sit back, relax and let’s dive into the world of in-ground pools together.

Initial Consultation and Design Phase

First off, you’ll sit down with our design coordinator to discuss your vision and expectations, shaping the initial blueprint of your dream in-ground pool. This is commonly referred to as the initial consultation phase. It’s essential because it allows you to express what you’re looking for in an inground pool, whether that’s a simple layout or something more intricate.

Your design coordinator will take this information and start working with our designer to draft an initial design based on your preferences.

In the following stage of the design phase, Earthform will work closely with you to customize each detail of your new inground pool. We’ll present you with options for, vinyl pool liner colours, shapes, sizes, and additional features like a slide, diving boards or waterfalls. You’ll also discuss the more practical elements such as the location within your property and any potential landscaping changes that might be necessary. This part of the process serves two main purposes: ensuring that every aspect aligns with your original vision while also meeting any applicable regulations or restrictions.

The last part of this stage is finalizing everything discussed during this step-by-step breakdown of creating an in-ground pool. Once satisfied with all aspects of the proposed plan, both parties will sign off on it before moving forward to construction stages. Remember though; patience is key here! Don’t rush through this stage because once everything’s signed off on—it’s much harder (and often costlier) to make significant changes later down the line.

So take your time during this initial consultation and design phase – after all, it’s about making sure everything is perfect for when you finally get to dive in!

Construction and Installation

Once your design is finalized, you’ll be eager to see your dream turned into reality, and this happens during the construction and installation phase. This part of the process will transform your backyard from its current state into a luxurious oasis with an inground swimming pool as the centerpiece.

It involves several steps including excavation, frame setting, plumbing installation, and concrete pouring. Each step is crucial in shaping your pool to match the agreed-upon design.

The first stage in the construction and installation phase is excavating or digging up your backyard to create space for the pool. This involves:

1. Marking out the exact shape and location of where your inground swimming pool will be installed.

2. Using heavy machinery such as backhoes to dig up soil according to the depth specified in your design plan.

3. Hauling away excess dirt and leveling off remaining soil to prepare for frame setting.

Up next is panel setting which includes installing putting in place the polymer panels that makeup the pools structure, securing them with concrete and backfilling with stone. Polymer panels have superior durability which is why we choose them for our pool construction. Earthform’s quality inground pools are built to last.

The third stage involves installing necessary plumbing systems including pipes for water circulation, filtration, heating if required, as well as any additional features like spas or waterfalls that were included in your design plan.

As we wrap up this section on construction and installation of an inground swimming pool, remember that precision at each step ensures longevity of use without major issues down the line. After all stages are complete including landscaping around it – not covered here but equally important – you’ll have a gorgeous new addition to enjoy in your backyard! A place perfect for relaxation, exercise, or entertaining friends and family whenever you please!

Hardscaping and Landscaping

After your dream pool is installed, it’s time to spruce up the surrounding area with some stunning landscaping and hardscaping. These two elements aren’t just about beautification; they also contribute to the functionality and safety of your swimming pool area.

Landscaping involves planting grass, flowers, trees, and other plants around your pool to provide shade, privacy, and a natural aesthetic. Hardscaping refers to the installation of non-living features like patios, walkways, or decks made from concrete, stone, or wood. Earthform prides itself in delivering a turnkey experience, and this is where we set ourselves apart. We don’t just handle one aspect of your project, we manage it all from start to finish. 

Landscaping for an inground pool should be carefully planned out. Consider installing plant types that won’t shed too much debris into your pool water. For example, evergreen shrubs are ideal as they remain intact all year round. Remember that certain plants can also attract unwanted insects near your swimming area, so choose wisely!

As part of hardscaping, consider creating a patio or decking area using materials that complement your home’s style and the pool itself.

When planning both landscaping and hardscaping designs for your inground swimming pool installation project, remember to account for safety measures as well – such as fencing or barriers required by local laws or recommended for households with children or pets. Also, consider adding lighting fixtures in strategic locations around the swimming area for nighttime use. Your design consultant will walk you through each of these aspects. We install lights and fences of many shapes and sizes to suit your unique vision.

The end result will not only be a beautiful outdoor oasis but a safe one too! So go ahead, let this final step transform your backyard into something truly spectacular!

Climate Considerations and Winterization

You’re not quite done with your swimming pool project until you’ve considered the local climate and how to winterize your pool.

For instance, if you live in a region with harsh winters like Prince Edward Island, it’s crucial to properly close down your pool to prevent freeze damage. If you’re lucky enough to own a hot tub as well, keep in mind that it will also require special attention during the colder months.

Next, let’s talk about how best to adapt your swimming facilities according to the climate.

In warmer regions where freezing isn’t an issue, you may not need as much preparation for winterization but it’s still important to maintain water chemistry and regularly clean filters. On the other hand, if you reside in cooler climates where temperatures dip below freezing regularly, consider investing in a high-quality cover and heater system for both your pool and hot tub. This might stretch your budget initially but will save significantly on repair costs due to potential freeze damage.

Now while we’re on this subject of winterization process, ensure that all necessary steps are followed meticulously.

Drain water from pumps, heaters, and filters before covering them up for protection against harsh weather conditions. Also, be sure to balance chemicals in both your pool and hot tub pre-winterization; high levels of chlorine could potentially damage vinyl liners over time causing expensive repairs or replacements down the line. Sound complicated? The good news is that Earthform will handle all of this for you, each year we can both open and close your pool, ensuring all best practices are followed. 

So remember, folks – taking care of these vital elements now will ensure they remain intact and ready for use when summer rolls around again!

Project Timeline and Scheduling

Let’s dive into the essentials of planning out your project timeline and scheduling for building that dream swimming oasis in your backyard. Building an in-ground pool isn’t a weekend project—it requires attention to detail, careful coordination of various elements, and patience. You’ll need to consider the time required for obtaining permits, designing the pool, excavation, construction, inspections, landscaping, and finally filling up the pool.

Each of these steps can vary in length depending on factors such as local regulations, weather conditions, or even unexpected issues with your property’s soil or layout.

Obtaining necessary permits is typically your first step, and this could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks depending on your local council’s processes.

Once you have secured permissions, the design phase kicks off, which generally takes one to four weeks. This includes deciding on the shape, size, and style of your pool along with the placement within your yard.

Once your scheduled start date comes around, Earthform will start the excavation process, which usually lasts around a week, followed by wall panel installation and concreting stages—taking about two to three weeks if weather conditions permit.

Plumbing work follows this stage, taking approximately one week before moving onto coping and tile installation—another week or so’s work.

The construction phase concludes with equipment set-up final touches, which adds another couple of weeks.

Then there’s landscaping, which can be as quick as a couple of days if you’re just laying grass or can extend over several weeks if intricate designs are involved like decking or patio installations.

So all up, we’re looking at an overall timeline spanning between eight to twelve weeks from start (permits and design) through finish (filled pool). Of course, remember every project will have its own unique variables affecting duration, but having this rough guide should provide some clarity when planning out your backyard oasis adventure!

Client Testimonial

While the technicalities can seem overwhelming, hearing from satisfied clients breathes life into the blueprint. One of our valued customers had this to share about their experience:

‘Earthform did a fantastic job of our pool installation, pool landscaping and patio stone work from start to finish. They worked well with us to make a design that we loved and the construction was second to none. The workmanship was top quality because of the knowledgeable people who work for the company and I wouldn’t want anyone else to have installed our pool. The workers were always on site first thing in the morning and available to answer any questions or concerns. Follow-up to address any concerns post construction has been icing on the cake!’

Their testimonial underscores an essential aspect often overlooked amidst planning details – your satisfaction as a client is paramount throughout this process; it’s not just about constructing a pool but creating an enjoyable experience along with it. And, as they mentioned, Earthform’s follow-up to questions and concerns is second to none, once we finish your project, our relationship has just begun, we are with you every step of the way to support you and your beautiful new backyard, we’ve even got a frequently asked questions page to help answer any questions you may have!