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 an in-ground 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:
Fully tiled 9m x 4m pool with all the standard features as previously outlined
|Glass Pool Fence
15 lineal metres
|Pool Paving Surround
35 sqm finished in large format stone on concrete base
Including 20 amps of 240-volt power and backwash connection
Reinstatement of lawn, plants etc.
Possible other charges
|Sewer and Stormwater Diversions
Required where these run through the pool area
|Excess Formwork Charges
Due to soil cave-ins or poor soil conditions
|$0.5 – 4k|
Very unlikely to hit rock
|$1 – 8k|
|Total||$4.5 – 15k|