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3 Things To Know Before Building Your Pool

1. How much does an in-ground pool cost?

What a new in-ground pool costs is something everyone considering a new backyard pool wants to know. Natural Creations Pools can get you started on learning about pool prices right here on our site. We have included useful tips on selecting your own building materials to “build” your pool package at Seattle market prices.

Typically you call a pool builder on the phone and ask to make an appointment to speak with a pool salesman. We at NC Pools have been out to many homes only to share costs that can surprise first time buyers. As you read about how you are the one selecting each “pool package” option – thus creating your own budget. Please go on to read about meeting “your needs” in the pool-scape you begin to build on our site.

2. The Permit Process

The permitting process is the homeowner’s most over-looked “time-eater” (and expense) of purchasing a backyard swimming pool. The process is similar in most counties and can take anywhere from 8 to 16 weeks – if your property has a septic tank this can add 1 month to the process and at least $600.00 to you permitting fees. The county must physically come to your property and locate the septic tank (then go back and input the data – and so on and so on) – it is an arduous and agonizing process. There are a few ways NC Pools can make your permit process less stressful, one is to begin construction on the features of your pool that do not require permitting – like slides, fire pits and outdoor areas.

A rule of thumb; If you want to swim by summer we recommend you start your permit process in the fall – most permits are good for 2 years, so getting them early will only have positive consequences. If you are uncertain if your property can legally accept a swimming pool, you may want to go through a $350.00 “site feasibility” process – instead of finding out later that your permit process fees are non-refundable, even if your property is deemed unfit for a swimming pool. The permit fees begin at $1,500.00 and can increase due to county regulations – so, this is a good idea if you are unsure of your county’s (or homeowner association’s) regulations. Natural Creations has been in the custom pool business a long time and we have seen enough permit problems to know that the permit process is best left to people who deal with local government construction agencies: the professional. Natural Creations has teamed with The Abbott Co. for many years. The Abbott Co. is a professional permitting consultant and does all the facilitating and paperwork for our permits for the state of WA. All payments for NC Pools customer’s permits will be made directly to the Abbott Co from the customer; this will ensure the permit process will begin ASAP and all permit monies will be directed timely and properly. Natural Creations will facilitate transactions between owner and the Abbott Co, and also at that time, NC Pools will invoice for a 20% deposit on the design and contract we have agreed upon. Natural Creations uses this money to hold your place in our schedule, and to purchase equipment and materials to be used on your project. The permit process, though long and arduous, doesn’t have to be time wasted. If we get the ball rolling soon enough we can spend more time and energy on the design and construction phase of your project, let’s get started.

3. Backyard Pool Styles for All Budgets

Artistically created swimming pools do not have to come at designer prices. Our seasoned team is schooled in the latest styles and trends and can design affordable pools that are tailored to each client’s aesthetics and spending preferences. Naturally, some design features impact the price of the pool project beyond the obvious, like pool dimensions, material options or inclusion of a spa. NC Pools can explain design choices and strategy to make the most of your investment in a new pool. By learning about how family’s needs and interests for a swimming pool, we can explain options that best address them. This way, we will better understand how to effectively allocate a pool budget for the features most important to you and your family. Whether you want a simple rectangle shape with a tanning ledge and brick perimeter coping or an elaborate lagoon style pool complete with grotto and waterslide, swim-up bar and beach entry, you can enjoy a new dream backyard for a down to earth price.

Even on a simple pool project you can personalize your outdoor addition with a choice of add-on features with standard or upgraded material. For example; with a patio, you can opt for a basic exposed aggregate concrete or you can go high-end with imported premium grade travertine, milled stone or go with other options that are priced in between, liked stamped concrete. It’s all up to you! Now that you have read 1, 2 and 3 you are ready to “Build Your Own” Pool Package!

Build your Pool

Welcome to build your own pool; where you are in charge of selecting your own pool and patio materials and options to complete your pool package. Click on the box next to the size and option you prefer and watch your pool package budget calculate as you go. Click on option to see images. Note: prices are in Seattle market prices

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  • Gas: Owner to pay all natural gas work directly to natural gas contractor (NC Pools has a preferred natural gas contractor)
  • Electrical: Owner to provide 60 amp service to equipment pad (NC Pools has a preferred electrical contractor)
  • These are the "hidden" construction costs that are required to build a pool
  • 3’ 6” shallow end to 5’ deep end - with multiple “break” options
    • $1000 per each additional foot of depth
  • 12” coping (Manufactured precast 12” X 24”, Brick 4 X 12 or Poured-in-place concrete)
    • Upgrade to Travertine, Milled stone or other custom coping stones
  • Waterline Tile (6”): $8.00 per lineal foot tile budget allowance
    • Upgrade to custom tile available at additional cost (owner cost and shipping)
  • 3 Exit Steps in corner of shallow end of pool (10 lineal feet)
  • Additional steps and lengths - $150 per lineal foot
  • KrystalCrete Quartz Pebble plaster - “Blue Pepper” KrystalCrete is a NCPools exclusive upgrade which lasts and resists staining longer
    • Many optional plaster upgrades available
  • NC Pools Pentair Pool Equipment Package included in base price:
    • 1 - Pentair Mastertemp 250 - 400,000 BTU Natural Heater Pool & Spa Heater
    • 1 - Pentair 200 - 400 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
    • I - Pentair Automatic In-line Chlorine/bromine Feeder
    • 1 - Pentair 300 watt Intellibrte 5 color Pool Light
    • 1 - Pentair 2.0 hp SuperFlo High Performance Single-speed Circulation Pump
    • 1 - Pentair Bermuda black wall-skimmer with vacuum suction port
      • 2 - 9” anti-vortex main drains in deep-end of pool floor
  • 3’ 6” shallow end to 6’ deep end - with multiple “break” options
    • $1000 per each additional foot of depth
  • 12” coping (Manufactured precast 12” X 24”, Brick 4 X 12 or Poured-in-place concrete)
    • Upgrade to Travertine, Milled stone or other custom coping stones
  • Waterline Tile (6”): $8.00 per lineal foot tile budget allowance
    • Upgrade to custom tile available at additional cost (owner cost and shipping)
  • 3 Exit Steps in corner of shallow end of pool (10 lineal feet)
    • Additional steps and lengths - $150 per lineal foot
  • KrystalCrete Quartz Pebble plaster - “Blue Pepper”
    • KrystalCrete is a NCPools exclusive upgrade which lasts and resists staining longer
    • Many optional plaster upgrades available
  • NC Pools Pentair Pool Equipment Package included in base price of pool:
    • 1 - Pentair Mastertemp 400 - 400,000 BTU Natural Heater Pool & Spa Heater
    • 1 - Pentair 200 - 400 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
    • I - Pentair Automatic In-line Chlorine/bromine Feeder
    • 1 - Pentair 300 watt Intellibrte 5 color Pool Light
    • 1 - Pentair 2.0 hp SuperFlo High Performance Single-speed Circulation Pump
    • 1 - Pentair Bermuda black wall-skimmer with vacuum suction port
  • 2 - 9” anti-vortex main drains in deep-end of pool floor
  • 3’ 6” shallow end to 6’ deep end - with multiple “break” options
    • $1000 per each additional foot of depth
  • 12” coping (Manufactured precast 12” X 24”, Brick 4 X 12 or Poured-in-place concrete)
    • Upgrade to Travertine, Milled stone or other custom coping stones
  • Waterline Tile (6”): $8.00 per lineal foot tile budget allowance
    • Upgrade to custom tile available at additional cost (owner cost and shipping)
  • 3 Exit Steps in corner of shallow end of pool (16 lineal feet)
    • Additional steps and lengths - $150 per lineal foot
  • KrystalCrete Quartz Pebble plaster - “Blue Pepper”
    • KrystalCrete is a NCPools exclusive upgrade which lasts and resists staining longer
    • Many optional plaster upgrades available
  • NC Pools Pentair Pool Equipment Package included in base price of pool:
    • 1 - Pentair Mastertemp 400 - 400,000 BTU Natural Heater Pool & Spa Heater
    • 1 - Pentair 200 - 400 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
    • I - Pentair Automatic In-line Chlorine/bromine Feeder
    • 1 - Pentair 300 watt Intellibrte 5 color Pool Light
    • 1 - Pentair 2.0 hp SuperFlo High Performance Single-speed Circulation Pump
    • 1 - Pentair Bermuda black wall-skimmer with vacuum suction port
  • 2 - 9” anti-vortex main drains in deep-end of pool floor
2-person Bench Seat/Swim out: $950.00
  • Built into pool wall
  • 5’ length X 20” wide
  • 20” water depth
Tanning Beach Shelf: $1,200.00 to custom prices
  • 12” to 15” water depth
  • Umbrella stanchion designed into beach
  • Great place for color cascade water bubblers
Jump Rock formation: $6,500 to $8,000.00 depending on height and size
  • Steps leading up on either side
  • 3’ to 5’ tall
Tanning Beach Shelf Gallery
Jump Rock Gallery
Pool Bench Shelf Gallery
Enter square footage. Cost is $16.50/square foot. Click outside the box after entering your square footage and the patio cost will be added to the total. This price is for poured-in-place stamped concrete only. All other patio materials will be a custom price. For more information, see Patio Pricing guide.
Slides are designed with custom prices due to the unknown size of structure and stairs needed to safely access and use the slide with regards to customer’s slide preferences (speed of slide, 1 or 2 people, safety walls, turns, etc.). The slide itself can be calculated at $1000 per lineal foot (1 person width). Wet-polished smooth with 3 coats of sealer. Very safe, very fun and very fast!
  • Cave structure (retaining walls and roof) over spa
  • Often a sheer descent waterfall is added to grotto roof or ceiling. Includes plumbing, valving, half-horse pump, separate cartridge filter
  • 8” - 12” tall
  • 4’ - 5’ diameter
  • Textured in “weathered stone”
  • Stain and Sealer included
  • Gas contractor to be paid by owner for Stainless steel gas Ring, Igniter system and turn- key assembly with lava chunks
  • 12” - 15” tall ($1,000 per each additional foot)
  • 4’ - 5’ diameter
  • Stain and Sealer included
  • Gas contractor to be paid by owner for Stainless steel gas Ring, Igniter system and turn- key assembly with lava chunks
  • 2’ - 3’ in length
  • 18 - 24” height
  • Textured in “weathered stone”
  • Stain and Sealer included
  • Up to 8’ in length ($850.00 each additional foot)
  • Custom designed
  • Textured in “weathered stone”
  • Stain and Sealer included
  • Electric heat coils placed in seat and backrest of couch
  • 8’ in length ($100.00 each additional foot)
  • Custom designed
  • Textured in “weathered stone”
  • Stain and Sealer included
Includes 2 fountains housed outside of vessel shooting into pool. Includes half horse pump, separate cartridge filter, plumbing and valve.
  • Waterfalls can be adjusted to created a range of waterfall effects from an almost silent, glass-like sheet of water, or a rushing mountain waterfall
  • 2-8 foot sizes
  • Includes one half-horse pump, separate cartridge filter
  • Includes all plumbing and valving
  • Ideal for sun shelves and beach entries
  • Includes 1 Pentair Whisper Flow ½ hp pump
  • Includes cartridge filter
  • Includes all plumbing and valving
  • Electrician/owner to install electrical conduit from fountain to equipment pad
  • Each BaduStream jet is a flush mounted anti-entrapment combination fitting in its own housing.
  • The BaduStream jet system offers many different packages in a wide price range, to satisfy a variety of exercise styles & budgets. The system accommodates installation in limited space and varying pool wall designs.
  • The BaduStream can be used as a single, double, or triple jet system with one or two pumps.
  • A single jet system generates a narrow and faster stream and is the most economical swimjet system.
  • With two jets, it is perfect for the recreational swimmer with an intermediate level of exercise.
  • Pentair IntelliBtite 5G Color LED
  • Electrician/owner to install electrical conduit from pool to equipment pad
  • Raised cost is to finish 20" raised spa wall in tile or rock finishes.
  • When Spa is designed and built in addition to a swimming pool there will be a $5,000.00 discount.
  • Raised cost is to finish 20" raised spa wall in tile or rock finishes.
  • When Spa is designed and built in addition to a swimming pool there will be a $5,000.00 discount.

NC Pools’ recommends professional Pentair products and offers this base-price spa package:

  • 1 – HRS Pentair Super Flow “circulation” pump
  • 1 - Waterway Santana 2-horse blower (the best quiet-running outdoor blower on the market
  • 1 – Pentair Bermuda Black wall skimmer with vacuum port
  • 1 - Pentair Quad filter cartridge model 100
  • 1- Pentair 2 speed HRS Whisper Flow “Jet” Pump – 6 waterway jets in spa
  • 1 - Pentair Intellibrite 5G Color LED pool light
  • 2 - 9” anti-vortex drain, frame and grate
  • KrystalCrete quartz “Blue Pepper” plaster on spa floor
  • 3 steps into spa
  • Gunite vessel
  • Same per-construction costs as pools apply
  • 1 HRS Pentair Super Flow “circulation” pump
  • 1 – Pentair Bermuda Black wall skimmer with vacuum port
  • 1 - Pentair Quad filter cartridge model 100
  • 1- Pentair 2 speed HRS Whisper Flow “Jet” Pump – 6 waterway jets in spa
  • 1 - Pentair Intellibrite 5G Color LED pool light
  • 1 – Easy Touch spa side 4-function controller
  • 2 - 9” anti-vortex drain, frame and grate
  • KrystalCrete quartz “Blue Pepper” plaster on spa floor
  • 3 steps into spa
  • Raised cost is to finish 20" raised spa wall in tile or rock finishes.
  • 1-4’ wide
  • Each additional foot $250

Vanishing edge or infinity pools’ costs can vary per pool and design – as you can see in the different examples we provide, there are many different sizes and styles of the vanishing edge and materials and catch basin materials and lengths and widths.
Note: A vanishing edge feature adds multiple design elements that must be incorporated into the construction of your swimming pool. At $20,000.00+ everyone should know what is involved in the building of a vanishing edge water effect.

  1. In a standard pool, evaporative loss is reflected in the slight lowering of its water level, but the water level in a vanishing edge pool remains constant; losses are concentrated in the “catch basin” pool, which is used to refill the swimming pool and keep it the level constant.
  2. Catch Basin – In order to catch all the water flowing over the vanishing edge, there needs to be a “catch basin” on the overflow side of the swimming pool. In a high wind area, the catch basin must be made large enough to contain the water that can be broadcast by the heavy winds. So, as your pool designer we will have to size the catch basin to meet all conditions anticipated. Each catch basin requires 2 anti-vortex main drains, 1 wall skimmer, 1 re-circulating 2hp pump, 1 make-up water system, waterproofing and 1 cartridge filter.
  3. In the picture example; materials, shapes, sizes of catch basin will all be considered when designing the pool package – the budget to be determined.
Natural Creations Pools offers to install with our preferred “CoverStar” contractor, an auto cover that compliments the pool coping and the selections in your pool package. NC Pools will excavate 2’ deep, 16” wide - at end of pool - with cover box, form the cover box the entire pool width and 2 additional to house the auto-cover mechanism. Install at 1 end a drain leading out to a hidden underground concrete vault to house auto-cover mechanism. Note: Owner/electrician to provide all electrical service.
Any tile, coping, stones or precast concrete (TBD) is $50.00 per linear foot. Any tile on auto cover dam wall is subject to selection of materials and cost to install. Many pools vary in tile selection that sometimes has bullnose or other type of requirements.
Example: 16’ width of auto-cover coping in any concrete, millstone, precast concrete or basic concrete is $50.00 per lineal foot equals $800.00. For the cost to make the individual 2 foot precast coping stairs that sit on the metal bracket that accepts that cast coping unit. Note: cost can be more when done in milled stones.
If you do not want to not use the aluminum cover lid that CoverStar offers, then other options can be selected and NC Pools will provide exact cost of auto cover finishes.
This information provided is to educate, inform of options and materials to be determined per pool package.
Thank you for spending the time exploring the possibilities NC Pools can offer. Now you have created and completed a pool-package with a price that you are prepared to move forward with. Please provide your personal information in order to setup an on-site consultation at no charge.
*From the time of on-site consultation through the permit process, it can take 60-90 days to begin construction.
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Total cost of pool quote. Pre-construction costs are automatically added-in.
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