Picture it: Poolside, 2020s… You’re lounging. The kids are smiling. You’re dipping your toes in and sipping an ice-cold lemonade. You’re hosting backyard parties. You’re enjoying serenity. 

You’re avoiding the crankiness that 90°+ inflicts on everyone else because you’re aboard a giant pink flamingo floatie with no cares in the world. 

Ready to take the plunge? Before you jump in, you need to answer a big question. How much does it cost to install a pool?  

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool?

G&G Custom Homes 2020 Home-a-Rama: the addition of a pool makes this stunning home even more welcoming. 

How much does it cost to install a pool? The short answer is: it depends. We understand that this is the most frustrating answer in the world to homeowners, but it is the most honest! The cost of the pool depends on a variety of factors, including the material from which it is made and size. So, let’s dive in and look at some numbers. 

Note: Costs are averages only. The G&G team is happy to discuss your project particulars to give you a more accurate estimate.  

"You’re avoiding the crankiness that 90°+ inflicts on everyone else because you’re aboard a giant pink flamingo floatie with no cares in the world."

The average cost to install a pool is $35,000. The bare minimum is $20,000 – and, of course, with add-ons (e.g. waterfalls, custom lighting, etc.) – you could pay up to $195,000. As mentioned, two of the biggest factors influencing price are material and size. 

Top pool materials are: 

  • Concrete: this is the most expensive option, but if your priorities are durability and customization, it is also the best one. You will need to use more pool chemicals to prohibit algae growth, and maintenance is a bit more extensive (and expensive). 
  • Fiberglass: a mid-range choice, fiberglass offers great durability and is much lower maintenance than concrete. 
  • Vinyl: vinyl is a budget-oriented choice. It is quick to install but you sacrifice in terms of customizability and durability. You’ll have to replace vinyl liners every 10 years (or even more frequently).  

Size matters too; bigger pools are, obviously, more expensive to install. Let’s look at a side-by-side comparison (*all prices are average estimates only): 


Size  Concrete Fiberglass Vinyl 
10 x 20 $26,000 $23,400 $18,200 
12 x 20 $31,200 $28,080 $21,840 
15 x 30 $58,500 $52,650 $40,950 
20 x 40 $104,000 $93,600 $72,800 
30 x 50 $195,000 $175,500 $136,500 


If you want custom upgrades, like water features, lighting, decking, or landscaping, you can expect to pay an additional $2,000 – $30,000. 

Don’t Forget to Factor in Related Costs

There are other costs associated with your pool other than construction. Some of these may be fixed, one-time costs, others may vary from year to year. These other costs to keep in mind may include: 

  • Fencing 
  • Increased utility use 
  • Routine maintenance and repairs 
  • Opening and closing costs 
  • Permits from your municipality or city 
  • Homeowners insurance premium increases 

Now, will you “recoup” any of these costs when it comes to the value of your home? Again, it depends and can vary based on the local market, area comps, and the overall value of your home. An inground pool can add 5-7% to your value. 

See You Poolside

Pools are aspirational to many of us, and the promise of fun, fitness, relaxation, and beauty is hard to resist. G&G Custom Homes can help make this dream a reality and maximize your enjoyment – and pride – in your forever home.

Contact G&G today to discuss your options for adding a pool to your new custom home.