Backyard Swimming Pool Construction Timeline

Backyard Swimming Pool Construction Timeline

The various building stages involved in backyard swimming pool construction can take anywhere from eight to twelve weeks or longer depending on pool size and desired features. This makes autumn an ideal time to get started on backyard swimming pool construction. Get started today to ensure your family has fun in the sun at the start of the next swimming season.

Here is a timeline for backyard swimming pool construction.


Swimming pools can be constructed in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can also be built with recessed seating areas, zero-edge designs, and swim-up bars. This brings us to the first stage of pool construction: Design. Meet with a pool designer to make your dream pool a reality. Many pool designers use state-of-the-art equipment to provide you with a real look at the finished design. Computer generated 3D models are also possible. This can take one to four weeks.

Permits and Approvals

Once the design is complete, the designer will work with city and county officials to obtain all permits required to build your custom designed inground swimming pool. Permits for electric or gas hook-ups are obtained by the person contracted to do the work. If applicable, HOAs are also contacted for permission. In total, this stage can take about two to six weeks, though it’s possible for it take longer.


Before excavation can begin, a professional locator must identify any underground utilities, marking them with either flags or paint. In Arizona, underground utility marking is required, and locators should be contacted two full working days before digging. This is the safest way to dig. If no conflicts are identified, excavation can start. This step generally takes about one week.

Internal Equipment

Laying the framework (reinforced steel rebar) and internal equipment, i.e., the plumbing and electrical, is arguably one of the most important phases of pool construction. This step includes lighting; pumps for custom features like grottos, bubblers, and waterfalls; and other vital components. All equipment is thoroughly tested to ensure maximum reliability. This process takes about two weeks.

Gunite Application

Gunite, which is a ratio of cement and sand, is known for providing superior structural strength. This is why most Arizonans prefer it over other types of pool materials. A crew applies gunite to the floor and walls of your pool using a hose attached to specialized equipment. Gunite can take about a week to cure when maintained in a moist state. The pool interior can then be coated with your choice of materials, like plaster, PebbleTec or river stones.

Hardscaping and Decking

At this point, the project is nearing completion. Traditionally, most pool decks are made of concrete, with cooling technology applied to the top. Other materials, like pavers, brick, and natural stone are also popular choices. Additional hardscaping elements include outdoor fireplaces, built-in kitchens, retaining walls, and grottos or waterfalls. Low-maintenance landscaping and LED lighting should also be considered. Completion times will vary depending on the custom features you desire.

Add Water and Chemicals

It’s finally time to add water and chemicals to your backyard swimming pool. Proper chemistry depends on the system you chose. However, both salt water and chlorine pools require chlorine and other chemicals such as sanitizers, balancers and algaecides. Monitor chemistry levels with a DIY test kit or by taking a sample of water to your local pool supply store at least once per week.

Platinum Pools & Spas is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier pool contractors. We are known for providing area residents and business owners with high-quality pools and spas for fun, fitness, relaxation, and entertaining. We are also proud to announce our professional pool and spa repair services. Contact us at (480) 888-9200 today.

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