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!
4. Important Notes
You have to fill this form to get an onsite appointment. Natural Creations Pools wants to know that you are aware of the approximate poolscape budget that you have selected.
VERY IMPORTANT- permits are running a minimum of 3-4 months. To get on the pool builders’ schedule, a 20% deposit is required to enter into engineered plans and permit intake process. This also assures you, as the client, of your pool build time frames. Often we are asked, “how soon can you start?” Expect 4-6 months from time you pay the 20% deposit.
Thank you for your interest in designing and building with Natural Creations Pools. We look forward to creating a greener, more suitable poolscape that holds family members interest year in and year out.
Travel Proximity greater than 1 hour from Issaquah will be subject to fuel surcharge and total travel time by Natural Creations pool staff.
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