In-Ground Concrete Swimming Pool Cost

The average cost of building an in-ground gunite concrete swimming pool is $29,600.

How much does it cost to build an in-ground gunite concrete swimming pool?

In-ground concrete pools are constructed onsite. They are built-up from an excavated hole using concrete reinforcing bar, mesh, and form-work. Gunite is a certain type of concrete typically used in swimming pool construction. Gunite-concrete is typically blown into place under pressure to create the pool structure. Standard finish is smoothed and painted.

The cost of an average in-ground Gunite-concrete swimming pool varies by location, shape, size, and decorative quality of the finish and surroundings.

The typical 12' x 24' rectangular (288 sq.ft. of water surface area) concrete pool will cost around $72 per square foot. Typical extras raise that cost to about $103 per square foot

Cost breakdown

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Pool: completely supplied and installed.$71.91per sq.ft.288$20,710
Vinyl 1 cover: electrically motorized into storage.$3,773per unit1$3,770
Perimeter sidewalk: concrete 2" thick x 3' wide.$1.74per foot86$150
Privacy fence 2: vinyl 1 6' tall with two gates.$33.51per foot104$3,480
Pool and Extras Material Cost$97.63per sq.ft.288$28,110
+ Extras Labor Cost$5.37per sq.ft.288$1,550
Total Cost$103per sq.ft.288$29,660

The Total Cost shown above includes the five-man pool installation crew that will be on the job a total of 400 man-hours, or about two-weeks. The DIY purchaser might consider providing the Extras Labor that counts on about 40 man-hours of labor skilled at concrete, fence, electrical, and mechanical installations.

The typical example is a rectangular swimming pool that is 12' wide x 24' long with variable depth from 3' minimum to 5' or 6' maximum. The pool has an internal surface area of 618 square feet and water surface area of 288 square feet.

The pool installation is complete with equipment, transport, excavation and removal, pool material, all labor, and a smooth-painted finish. Also included is all pool equipment to be installed including piping, valves, pump 3 and control, filter, ladder, and one lamp.

Also included are the extras of a perimeter sidewalk with small equipment pad, an electrically operated vinyl 1 pool cover, and a perimeter privacy and safety fence with two self-closing lockable gates.

Not included is any special site preparation cost or the water heating system.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Concrete pool shapes are highly customizable limited only by builder skill.
  • Decorative effects in the concrete surface such as an embossed tile appearance have an average cost addition of $1.70 per internal square foot ($1,051 in this example).
  • A kidney shaped pool of similar footprint 4 to the example will cost very little more, however more complex shapes and other features like waterfalls or fountains will raise the cost of the pool accordingly.
  • The perimeter privacy fence 2 extra could be replaced with a lower cost alternative costing about $3.33 per pool square foot less.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • In addition to the pool size, other factors that must be considered are the shape and structure of the pool; the type, thickness and style of the liner; the kind of filter and pump 3; and the suitability of the space where the pool will be located.
  • When considering a DIY project bear in mind that warranty terms will likely be quite lower if the installation is not done by a professional. 
  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.
  • While specialist providers may deliver excellent and rapid results it may be wise to consult a registered engineer especially if the design is complex or large.  
  • This construction may require approval from local administrative authority.
  • Fencing requirements will vary locally with approved minimum height between 4.5' and 5'. Common safety options are self-closing gates and child-proof latches.
  • Removable fence 5: many styles of swimming pool fencing are easily removable for seasonal storage, but this would mean that the installation of a sturdy and reliable pool cover would be required once the fence is down. If a removable surround is selected the homeowner will also have to consider the following requirements:
    • Lock in deck features that create a simple and reliable way to install the fencing in only a few minutes' time.
    • Patio caps 6 which cover the lock in mechanisms into which the sturdy poles are inserted.
    • Tear proof mesh fencing that will not rip if a child or animal climb on it.
  • Accessories: In addition to the pumps 3, ladders, and filters already mentioned, all kinds of pools will need cleaning tools and brushes, vacuum assemblies, covers, and chemicals. Many will also need handrails 7, thermometers and even heaters. These costs start at roughly $400, and can easily reach well into the thousands.
  • Chemicals - between the chlorine 8, pH testing strips, and other materials, the average pool owner spends roughly $80 per month for above-ground swimming pools and $95 per month for in-ground swimming pools.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Privacy fence: A barrier or railing, typically composed of solid material, used to form a blockade around a yard, field, or other expanse of land to prevent encroachments from the outside
3 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means
4 Footprint: The entire area of ground covered by a building, including the exterior walls and porch or patio areas
5 Removable fence: A non-permanent barrier or railing, made of removable panels, used to enclose a pool, garden area, patio, or other outdoor space
6 Patio caps: A cover used to block off the hollow tube or pipe components of patio furniture, fences, and children's toys in order to prevent wasp nests and damage from dirt, water, and other elements
7 Handrails: A long bar designed for a person to hold onto, giving them support. They are usually found on the sides of staircases, and can also be found in bathrooms, for example, to help persons with disabilities
8 Chlorine: A chemical added to the water in a swimming pool to kill bacteria and microorganisms that can make people sick

Cost to build an in-ground gunite concrete swimming pool varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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