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Building the oasis: Breaking down the timeline of pool construction from start to finish

Transforming your backyard into a refreshing oasis with a glistening pool sounds like a dream, but navigating the pool construction process may feel daunting. Fear not! We’re here to break down the pool construction timeline from the initial spark of inspiration to the final refreshing dip.

Dynamic Pool Designs is a leading pool builder on the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast areas, which means we’re well-versed in the process of building a pool. We’ll walk you through the overall pool construction process and all the factors that impact the pool construction timeline.

How long does it take to build a pool?

The time it takes to build a pool can vary depending on several factors, but generally, for a custom concrete pool expect a timeframe of 12 to 16 weeks from start to finish in NSW with the approval time frame reduced for Gold Coast approvals, fibreglass and plungie pools, 8 to 12 weeks

This includes everything from initial planning and approvals to excavation, installation, and finishing touches. Dynamic Pool Designs works efficiently to streamline this process, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way.

It’s important to remember that this is just an estimate. You will get an exact timeline once you’ve planned your project scope of works. The pool construction timeline includes different parts that need to be considered separately, from construction to materials and other factors. 

Delving into the construction timeline

Building a pool is a journey, and each step plays a crucial role in achieving your dream backyard. Here’s a breakdown of the important stages when it comes to the overall construction of the pool and how they impact the timeline:

  • Site selection and planning: This initial phase involves an on-site visit to choose the perfect spot in your yard, considering factors like sun exposure, access, and existing structures. Your input and preferences are crucial in this stage as we’re building your dream pool.
  • Permits and approvals: Obtaining the necessary permits ensures your pool meets safety regulations and local building codes. We can guide you through this process, which can be time-consuming depending on your location and local council regulations.
  • Excavation and foundation: This is when construction gets real. We’re digging up your yard and laying the foundation for your pool. The timeline of the excavation process will vary depending on your pool’s size and design and individual soil type requirements.
  • Formwork, Steel, Plumbing and electrical installation: Once excavated, the groundwork will be laid for the essential elements, such formwork, steel, plumbing pipes and power, 
  • Pool shell: Depending on your pool material (concrete, fibreglass, precast), this stage involves installing the pool’s core structure. Concrete usually takes the longest to set, but we’ll discuss this further below.
  • Finishing touches: From adding the perfect pool coping (the material that caps the top rim of the pool, like a border) or feature tiles to installing beautiful tiles surrounding areas, this stage is where your pool comes to life and integrates seamlessly with your backyard landscape. Dynamic Pool Designs offers a variety of high-quality finishes to create a cohesive and stylish pool area.

How materials impact the pool construction timeline

As we’ve covered above, the material you choose for your swimming pool construction will impact the timeline. Here’s a breakdown of how each of the most common pool construction materials can impact the overall timeline:

  • Concrete pools: Offering the most design flexibility, concrete can be poured into any shape to create your dream pool. However, the curing process, essential for ensuring the strength and longevity of your pool, takes about 28 days and can be impacted by the specific mix and weather conditions.
  • Fibreglass pools: Known for their durability and smooth finishes, fibreglass pools can typically be installed in shorter timeframes, often ranging from two to four weeks. However, it’s important to remember that this is an estimate, and the actual installation time can vary depending on the size and complexity of your pool, weather conditions, and site preparation needs.

Overall build time factors

There are several other factors that impact the overall pool construction timeline beyond the steps involved in construction and the material you select. Here is a breakdown of these elements:

  • Weather conditions: Unforeseen weather events can significantly impact your pool construction timeline. Whether heavy rain floods the site or high winds create dangerous conditions, the weather can wreak havoc on your pool construction timeline. 
  • Permitting process: The time it takes to obtain permits can vary depending on your location and the complexity of your project. When you work with Dynamic Pool Designs, we guide you through this process, ensuring your pool meets all safety regulations and local building codes. We will handle the paperwork and communicate with the relevant authorities, making this part of the process as smooth as possible for you.
  • Project complexity: The complexity of your pool design can impact the construction time. A simple rectangular pool will be faster to build than a design with waterfalls, custom features, or extensive landscaping. Dynamic Pool Designs’ experienced team is equipped to handle projects of varying complexities. We offer a range of pool options and can work with you to bring your dream pool to life, no matter how simple or intricate the design.
  • Pool builder availability: Scheduling with a reputable pool builder might influence the timeline. We work diligently to maintain efficient scheduling and keep your project on track. We have a team of skilled and experienced builders, and we will ensure that the right people are available at the right time to work on your project.

Learn more about Dynamic Pool Designs to see how building a pool and backyard oasis with us can work.

How to decrease the pool construction timeline

Several other factors impact the overall pool construction timeline beyond the steps involved in construction and the material you select. However, you can do some things to help prevent as many issues as possible and keep your pool construction on track. These can include:

  • Choosing a reputable pool builder: As you start building your backyard oasis, selecting a reputable and licensed pool builder is paramount. A reliable and experienced builder like Dynamic Pool Designs will have efficient processes to keep your project on track. They can also guide you through the permitting process and ensure your pool meets all safety regulations and local building codes.
  • Make clear decisions early on: The sooner you finalise design choices, like size, shape, and features, the faster the project can progress. Dynamic Pool Designs offers 3D pool design consultations to help you visualise your dream pool and make informed decisions. Your prompt and clear decisions can significantly contribute to decreasing the construction timeline.
  • Obtain financing beforehand: Securing financing upfront eliminates delays in material purchases and project commencement. 

Building a pool is an investment that adds value to your property and creates lasting memories for your family. By understanding the construction timeline, factors influencing it, and proactive planning strategies, you can confidently embark on this exciting journey with Dynamic Pool Designs.

Ready to Transform Your Backyard?

Contact us for more information on Plungie Pools or how we can find the perfect pool design for your needs. Our experienced team can help you navigate the entire process, from design and material selection to permitting and construction. Browse our pool design gallery for inspiration, and explore our variety of pool options, including plunge pools, to find the perfect fit for your backyard.


Do I need to choose a specific type of pool material?

Yes, there are several pool materials to consider, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. This variety empowers you to choose the best fit for your needs and budget.  Concrete offers maximum design flexibility but has a longer curing time. Fiberglass pools are known for their durability and smooth finishes. In contrast, vinyl liner pools are cost-effective and offer different design choices.

How long does it take for pool concrete to set?

Concrete curing time is typically around 28 days, depending on the mix and weather conditions. This curing process is essential for ensuring the strength and longevity of your concrete pool.

What time of year is the cheapest to build a pool?

Building a pool during the off-season (typically autumn and winter) offers lower construction costs due to less demand for pool builders. This can be a great way to save money while you wait for the warm weather to return.

Who do you hire to build a pool?

Hiring a reputable and licensed pool builder is crucial for a successful pool construction project. A reliable and experienced builder will have efficient processes to keep your project on track. They can guide you through the permitting process, ensure your pool meets all safety regulations and local building codes, and bring your dream pool to life.

How long does it typically take to get a pool permit?

The permitting process can vary depending on your location. Your pool builder can provide guidance on the expected timeframe in your area.

What if I have a unique pool design in mind?

Don’t hesitate to share your vision! Reputable pool builders can work with you to create a custom pool design that reflects your style and preferences.

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