What is a realistic project budget?

Advising clients on budgets is a double edge sword. Many pool builders start low then work the price up as customers become accustomed to the volume of spend required.

A starting point for a pool and landscape budget inclusive of base pool, services, pool fence and paving surround is $60k.

A workable budget is probably nudging $80k.

A realistic budget is probably $100k.

If these numbers seem confronting here is an approximate breakdown of the costs associated with building a pool and pool surround:

Fixed Charges

Pool
Fully tiled 9m x 4m pool with all the standard features as previously outlined
$55k
Glass Pool Fence
15 lineal metres
$10k
Pool Paving Surround
35 sqm finished in large format stone on concrete base
$11k
Pool Services
Including 20 amps of 240Volt power and backwash connection
$2k
Miscellaneous costs
reinstatement of lawn, plants etc.
$2k
Total $80k

Possible other charges

Sewer and Stormwater Diversions
Required where these run through the pool area
$3k
Excess Formwork Charges
Due to soil cave-ins or poor soil conditions
$0.5 – 4k
Rock Excavation
Very unlikely to hit rock
$1 – 8k
Total $4.5 – 15k