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Adding a Swimming Pool to your Home

It’s hot, it’s summer, and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about adding a swimming pool to your home! Studies show that a pool can add 7-15% more value to a San Diego home. The costs of a pool are dependent on the design and additional components included on or in the pool.

Homes with Pools San Diego

A standard pool:

Today, pool sizes are trending on the smaller scale. They average 600 square feet; many are shaped in a rectangle with 20 by 30 feet dimensions. No matter the shape, any difference to this size will impact the cost of the pool. Depending on the climate, areas with hotter temperatures will tend to have deeper pools in order to help maintain a cooler temperature in the pool. On the other hand, colder climates may have a more shallow pool to help the water become warmer during the hot season. The deeper the pool, the more expensive it will be.

It is common for pools to be made from plaster. In the past, the plaster was all white. However, nowadays there is an assortment of hues to pick from. The white plaster is the cheapest while the darker plaster is priced much higher.

The tiles used at the waterline of a swimming pool do not vary much in cost. The latest style of tile being used is glass tiles. The crevices are filled with a specific grout to avoid any problems with the temperature changing dramatically from hot to cold or vice versa.

Coping (creating the edge of a pool) has changed over the years. Older pools all had the same concrete cast that would create the coping uniformly. Now, the options are endless. The least expensive coping styles are made with a cantilever.

Across the United States, the average cost of a swimming pool is $50 per square foot. This price will change quite dramatically depending on where the swimming pool is built, what type of pool, and any custom designs. Swimming pools made from concrete or gunite and that include some custom features will vary from $20,000-$55,000. A fiberglass pool will cost anywhere from $15,000-$25,000. And vinyl-lines pools are the cheapest, ranging from $1,500-$5,000. Here are some additional features that increase the aesthetics of the swimming pool but will augment the price:

  • Lighting
  • Water fall
  • Spa
  • Rocks
  • Slide
  • Beach
  • Salt water

Although San Diegans may not have to suffer through high humidity, the heat of the summer still calls for a comfortable pool to relax in. In the state of California, if a pool is well maintained, the value of your home can increase 7-15%. Adding a pool to your home tends to take the status from single family home to a “must see home for entertaining!”.

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