Planning

Poolscape Budgeting

Poolscape Budgeting

For projects that include a pool, most clients invest between 15% and 30% of their house value. Poolscape budgets typically start around $80,000 to $145,000 for a basic setup that includes a pool, decking, and utilities.

For clients wanting additional features and patio space, budgets can range from $150,000 to over $350,000. 

Breaking Down the Many Costs of a Pool Project

Pool projects require a large investment and most are surprised to learn that a basic setup typically costs in the $80,000-$145,000 range. Scroll through this guide to help make sense of these costs.

Large pool is surrounded by a paver patio with 4 lounge chairs nearby under an umbrella as an oasis in this backyard

Typical Range: $40,000 - $70,000

Pool Structure

At Outdoor Dreams, we offer both fiberglass and gunite pools, typically ranging in size from about 400 to 800 square feet. All of our pools come standard with a row of frost-proof tile, an underwater light, two drains, and a salt-water filtration system. All gunite pools come with a standard, white plaster finish.

Large backyard pool  with a hot tub sits in the backyard and surrounded with a paver patio

Finish Upgrades

Gunite pools come with a standard white plaster finish. For homeowners that want to alter the color of the water and finish of the surface, there are various upgrades to consider. Finish upgrades can typically cost in the range of $5,000 - $10,000.

Outdoor sitting area is beside the pool with two water fountains shooting into the pool. Tall narrow bushes and hydrangeas are used as landscaping features to create a beautiful backyard space

Equipment Upgrades

Whether you're looking to heat your pool, include automation or add fountains/bubblers, there are numerous popular upgrade options to consider. Equipment upgrades can range between $5,000 - $15,000, including the utilities that are required for many features.

This square hot tub sits to the left of the pool and directly beside it with a water feature that spills from the hot tub into the pool

Typical Budget Range: $25,000 - $40,000

Hot Tub/Swim Spa

These luxury structures require their own equipment, finishes and utility connections. Additionally, when raised (like the one in the featured picture), hot tub structures require a decorative finish, often stone veneer and coping, around the perimeter.

Additional Poolscape Budgets

Scroll through these sample budgets to get a better understanding of the investment required for larger poolscape projects.

Backyard pool with a swan float sit in the background of the sitting area covered by a pergola
Typical Budget Range: $135,000 - $200,000

Pool Structure

Natural Stone Coping

Fence (or Auto Cover)

Pool Decking

Expanded Patio for Lounge & Dining

Pergola

Landscaping

Irrigation

Low-Voltage Lighting

Utilities: Gas and Electrical for the pool & pergola

Site Work, Grading & Drainage

Sod Finish

Beautiful pool is enclosed with stone tile pavers and lounge chairs
Typical Budget Range: $215,000 - $285,000

Pool Structure

Automatic Cover

Hot Tub - Swim Spa

Natural Stone Coping

Pool Decking & Expansive Patio

Retaining Walls

Landscaping

Irrigation

Low-Voltage Lighting

Utilities: Gas and Electrical

Site Work, Grading & Drainage

Sod Finish

Optional Equipment and Finish Upgrades

A total outdoor dream is set up with a kitchen covered by a pergola which is near the fireplace and pool
Typical Budget Range: $250,000 - $350,000

Pool Structure

Natural Stone Coping

Automatic Cover

Optional Equipment & Finish Upgrades

Water Feature

Pool Decking & Lounge

Additional 2-Room Patio

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Kitchen

Grill, Appliances & Cabinetry

Pergola

Utilities: Gas and Electrical for the Pool, Kitchen and Pergola

Sitting Walls

TV and Audio Package

Landscaping

Irrigation

Low Voltage Lighting

Grading & Drainage

Sod Finish

backyard bi-level paver deck with kitchen shaded by the pergola on upper level and the pool and lounge area on the lower level
Typical budget range: $275,000 - $400,000

Pool Structure

Automatic Cover

Natural Stone Coping

Hot Tub - Swim Spa

Pool Utilities: Gas & Electrical

Optional Pool Finish & Equipment Upgrades

Pool Decking & Expansive Patio

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Kitchen

Grill, Appliances and Cabinetry

Kitchen Utilities: Gas, Plumbing & Electrical

Pergola

Expansive Landscaping

Irrigation

Low-Voltage Lighting

Site Work, Grading & Drainage

Sod Finish

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