Cost of a concrete in ground pool in the North East PA area built by a local pool builder

Cost of a concrete in ground pool in the NorthEast PA area built by a local pool builder

One of the most popular questions we receive is:

How much does a concrete in ground pool cost to build in Lehigh or Bucks County?

And the answer to that question isn’t easy.  Some builders quote out their pools “stripped down” so although  the upfront price is low, you have to spend $15,000 or more on other items required to complete your pool such as:

  • Permits
  • Grading Plan
  • Engineering
  • Water delivery
  • Electrician and electrical hook up
  • Gas hook up
  • Fence
  • Decking
  • Rock extraction
  • Covers (which other builders often charge $7,000 for as an extra item)
  • Chemicals

We have always felt that it is best to be upfront about pool costs and show you the TRUE cost of building a pool with all of the items you will need to complete the project. We also include EVERYTHING needed to complete your pool with no hidden surprises like bills for water, electricians, or engineering grading plans.

That being said, you can build a small concrete pool with some basic amenities for around $75,000-$80,000 or fully loaded pools with swim up bars, waterslides, spas and waterfalls for well over $200,000. And everywhere in between!

The important thing to remember when getting a price from a builder is to make sure that they include EVERYTHING you need to build the pool and that they as the builder will be responsible for all the extra items you need.  The builder should include the electrical work, the water delivery, the rock extraction, the grading plan etc. Dealing with those items can be a major headache in your custom pool building project.   So ensure that your builder will handle ALL of those items for you.

In summary, building a concrete in ground pool correctly will cost as low as $55,000 and as much as you can possibly dream.

Note:  There are ways to build a concrete pool for a few thousand less than what we just specified, but it usually involves using cheaper, more crack prone wet mix shotcrete, thinner rebar, non brand name quartz finishes, or lower end, energy hogging equipment instead of the world’s best, Pentair.    We don’t recommend trying to get the price down by lowering the construction standards.

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Tony Caciolo

Tony Caciolo is the President of Monogram Custom Homes and pools and has completed over 1500 projects in Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks County

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