Building a swimming pool on a budget

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Building a swimming pool on a budget.

DIY Pools: These pools are a popular and cheaper way to build your very own private swimming pool. However you need to be aware of the pitfalls at the beginning, during and at the end of your pool build.

Swimming pool location

Where to locate your swimming pool?

Finding a place in your garden to build your swimming pool.

Above ground swimming pools

A hexagon shape above ground pool in Monmouth

If you like dabbling in DIY, you could start with building your own above ground pool. These come in kit form with an instruction manual and DVD on how to build your pool.

Above ground swimming pool: If you have some general knowledge of construction then building a swimming pool yourself can be relatively easy, and depending on how much experience you have you could buy and build a wooden above ground pool. These again are in kit form. This Fun-pool can be sited on level firm ground or lawn.

In ground wooden pools

Another above ground swimming pool made to look like its an in-ground pool near Monmouth

Another type of pool the Eco pool and Premier needs to be installed on a strong concrete base, laid on virgin subsoil, don’t be tempted to cut corners and install the pool straight off the subsoil without a concrete base. Now if you don’t want your wooden pool to look like an above ground pool then another way to build the pool is partially in the ground and build timber decking around the pool to make it look like an in-ground pool.


In-ground pool near completion, just outside Monmouth

swimming pool maintenance

Same in-ground pool completed.

In-ground swimming pools: Swimming pools that are installed in the ground are a different specification altogether, and very different to the wooden pool design. These in-ground swimming pools come in kits either with wall panels or without the panels. The pool kit without the panels use concrete blocks to build the walls. These pools are more complex to construct than their above ground counterparts. If you have a reasonable knowledge of construction then you should be able to build the pool yourself, but there are many factors and pitfalls to be aware of as building a swimming pool is not the same as building a BBQ, a house, or an extension, so it may be best to seek advice before and during construction from a swimming pool builder who supplied you the pool kit or look on the internet.

Exercise Swimming Pool

Exercise swimming pool

Labour: By employing outside labour to build your swimming pool you can oversee the pool build yourself. Again I would suggest you employ the services of a swimming pool installer to advice you on everything from the location of the pool, the methods of construction, what pitfalls to look out for, the pool plumbing system, advice on surrounds and landscaping through to commissioning your swimming pool. All the above options come with instruction manuals and DVDs to help you build your pool, but more help and information on building your own pool on a budget visit our website and contact us with your query.

John Cox TnISPE(Cert)

Bristol Cardiff Raglan Newport

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