Do you plan to have a sweet swimming pool in your backyard? Or maybe rock a mini-water park for business?
Before plunging ahead, let’s toe-dip on how and where to start building a pool in the Philippines. Here are some splashes of guidelines and tips on how to go about it.
Let’s dive right into it!
Why Have a Pool?
We say, why not! There’s nothing like POOL that spells F-U-N !. Let’s roll a rundown of other reasons:
In this age of Netflix, bulging tummies, and technology take-over, a pool is an oasis to detoxify and unwind. It beckons you to come herewith, milord – feel the sun and have some outdoor lounging. Life is certainly brighter and more positive from a lounge chair, sun hat and all.
A regular swim is good for your health and physique. It is one of the best and refreshing ways to exercise and lose weight while looking super cool. Not to mention the benefits of regulated breathing that comes with this practice, especially for people suffering from asthma.
A swimming pool encourages family bonding, parties, and get-together. It is a focal place inviting everyone to create waves of memories. Plus, there goes the effortless way of herding the kids to have a proper dose of Vitamin D while being raised as strong swimmers.
Whether it’s for your family home or for your vacation house doubling as a business, a swimming pool is an investment that adds value to your property.
All-in-all, ladies and gents, life is cool by the pool.
Steps of on Building a Swimming Pool
Step 1: Rules and Guidelines
First thing – Check out your subdivision or barangay rules and guidelines for any restrictions. Hold your horses and your digging shovels just yet, amigo.
Double-check considerations like:
- Setbacks from your property line you’re allowed to build
- Water supply (You’ll have pool pumps which might affect the supply of your neighbors.)
- Drainage tapping (Can your subdivision or barangay’s sewer pipes handle your pool’s wastewater when you drain?)
Step 2: List the things you would like for your pool.
Listing and compiling reference pictures (like a mood board) will help you narrow down your tons of wants.
- Will you have it In-groundtype (they’ll dig up so your pool is below the line of your pavement) or Above-ground type (the pool basin is constructed above your pavement)?
- How will you use your pool? This will generally dictate the shape, measurement, and depth.
- Lapping pools usually are long, narrow, and rectangular in shape, typically 12meters long x 1.8 to 3meters wide with a recommended depth of 3.5 feet
- A recreational pool or a small-scale water park is best for family fun. This usually comes with water features like bridges, mushrooms, slides, and the likes
- Maybe you just fancy wading or lounging around. If so, dipping or plunge pool is for you. It is typically small and deep. Measurement could range from 2.4×2.4meters to 2.4×4.8meters, with a depth range of 4-8 feet.
- Infinity pools (the kind where the water overflows at the edge, so it gives the illusion that it goes on or plunges yonder beyond) are best if your area has a vast landscape or great view of a mountain or body of water.
- Natural pools are lagoon styled are usually free-form and rustic in style.
- Then there’s the spool. It’s a combination of spa and pool.
- In what color would you like it? The following considerations affect the color of your pool water:
- the finish pool material (plaster, stone wash-outs, or tile)
- the deck or pavement, and landscaping surrounding the pool
- the amount of sunlight the pool gets
- how deep the pool is (the deeper the pool, the darker the pool water color could look)
Step 3: Next is to have a rough plan for your pool and surrounding space.
Overwhelmed? You can always hire an architect to help you with this.
Here are some points you need to consider:
- Plan where to place your pool. (Bearing in mind the village rules you got from Step 1, of course). Aside from the pool itself, allot space for the other requirements such as:
- Lounging, pavement, or deck area around the pool (Do you fancy some lounging chairs? Maybe some palm landscaping or warm wooden decks?)
- Pump House (Don’t worry about the details yet. Your architect and specialist pool contractor will guide you on the minimum space required and needed minimum distance from your pool)
- Storage Room to keep the chemicals and equipment for maintenance
Tip: You can even have your pump house and storage room specially designed so it won’t be a standing eyesore, e.g. like a minimalist lighted cube meant to blend in with the landscape
- Consider also if you’ll need an outdoor shower area (for washing off dirt and sand, especially if your area is by the beach)
- What kind of pool structure you’ll go for?
- There’s the Traditional Concrete Pool Type (It’s done by having the wet cement mixture thrown by a machine (shotcrete) to the hollow block wall and floor of your pool to form a solid compacted concrete basin)
- Another option is the Modular Pool System which involves ready-made reinforced fiberglass panels fitted as walls of the pool then combined with concrete floor
- And there’s the ready-made Pre-fabricated Fiberglass Basin
Step 4: Source out and set meetings with at least 3 pool contractor specialists.
Arm yourself with your hopes, dreams and information gathered from the previous steps. It would be a good diving board to start the discussion.
What to talk through with the pool specialist guys:
- What is their expertise? Is traditional concrete type methodology their specialty or the pre-fabricated modular system?
- Show them the proposed area for the pool. Actual site conditions will be inspected (like the softness of the soil). It will determine their recommendation for methodology and package cost proposal.
- Probe on their previous completed projects and request for reference clients you can check on.
- What maintenance and aftersales services do they offer?
- Request for a quotation. Pool specialist will offer you their price packages with detailed scopes such as the materials and equipment that they would use.
- Don’t be shy to ask for details like the brand of pumps and filters, the maintenance it requires, and the package that is most suitable for your budget, design requirements, and your site.
A general breakdown of work are:
- The structure and general finish of the pool
- The filtration and pumping equipment
- The plumbing system (water supply and drainage)
- The electrical work (underwater lights etc.)
- Additional work such as landscaping and hardscaping (general term for outdoor elements like pavement, decks, benches, etc.)
If you hired an architect, they could assist you in this stage of getting and reviewing proposals from the pool contractors.
Step 5: Pre-construction Work Preparation
Once the contract is finalized with your chosen contractor, double-check this checklist of deliverables as preparation for the construction.
- Signed and sealed detailed drawings or blueprints for permit and construction, usually part of the deliverables of the contractor
- Actual samples of the finishes that would be used must be submitted for your stamp of approval (like the tiles, pavers, lights, etc.)
- Schedule of construction including when to purchase/deliver materials that you might have chosen to supply (called Owner-supplied materials or OSM) must be given by the Project Manager
- Get the contact details of the Contractor’s Project Manager. He or she will be your new best bud.
- Arrangement of a temporary facility for the workers (where the construction materials will be stored and where the workers will sleep if they are arranged to stay-in)
Step 6: Procure Subdivision, Barangay, and Municipal Permit
This scope can be included with the contractor, should you opt to lessen the headache of the legwork involved.
Step 7: Construction Time!
A regular site visit and close communication with the project manager is a must to assure that everything goes according to plan.
Don’t forget to get hard copies of weekly accomplishment reports. Everything is best carried out in black and white, especially when it comes to billings.
Step 8: Completion and Turn-over
Before you do an epic cannonball jump into your sparkling new pool, check this out first:
- Request for the As-built Plans (overall blueprint plan on how your pool was made) and Operational Manual (showing schematics on installed parts and how they are connected)
- Request for a demonstration on Maintenance, Cleaning, and Chemical handling
- Confirm warranty periods on pools structure, material finishes (like the tiles, pavers, etc.), and equipment (like the filters, pumps, etc.)
Step 9: Breathe out and enjoy!
You can now do your epic cannonball jump. A sensible, mellow dipping will also do.
Where can I hire a swimming pool contractor?
Here are some swimming pool specialist contacts you can tap:
Ace Pools, Inc.
Address: G/F Nassons Bldg. 8467 West Service Road, Paranaque City
Contact: (+632) 215 7984 | (+632) 551 8094
Address: 8893 Sampaloc Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City
Contact: (+632) 8890 7471 | (+632) 8890 7469 | (+632) 8899 5664
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Fb: NFS Swimming Pool
PoolWorld Philippines, Inc.
Address: Ground Floor IPark Building, Masiwa Road, Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact: (+32) 495 2367 | (+632) 995 085 4084
Address: 71-C Lupo Diaz St.
Bo. Obrero, Davao City
Contact: (+632) 918 911 2745 | (+632) 922 813 0916 | (+632) 977 815 5384
Avalon Pools | EPG Construction Inc
Address: 13 Central Avenue, Culiat, Quezon City
Contact: (+02) 924 0769 | (+02) 921 6477
What is the Cost of Building a Swimming Pool in the Philippines?
Getting a permit from a subdivision can run from P 5,000 to P10,000 depending on your Home Owner’s Association rules. Municipal permit can run from P20,000 to P45,000.
Traditional concrete pool construction packages cost around P50,000.00 to 60,000.00 per sqm.
Modular or Pre-fabricated Fiberglass Pool System prices depend on its shape and measurements. Check-out this supplier’s website to get an idea of how much it would cost: https://poolworld.ph/fibreglass-pool
It’s still best to get a proper cost-detailed estimate with a contractor since cost packages will also vary depending on your chosen filtration and pump equipment.
Have a good discussion with your pool specialist so you can balance what you require for your pool while staying within your budget.
How can I be sure that a contractor is reliable?
Spare yourself from a stressful, wet, and wild experience during your pool construction. You deserve an expert.
The idea is to form a squad goal with your pool specialist contractor that would last beyond the construction period. With their guidance on proper maintenance, your pool baby will be well taken care of.
The ever- advantage of hiring a reliable contractor is the peace of mind that they will not vanish in the middle of the construction. That’s a thousand percent hurtful than a belly flop.
Here are some signs that you are dealing with the right one:
- Provided a copy of their business/mayor’s permits and license (DTI or SEC Registration), VAT Registration, and bank reference details
- Visited and inspected the actual site and give proper, knowledgeable recommendations to suit your budget and design requirements
- Able to give past project clients as a reference
What Are the Options for Pool Material Finishes?
Here’s a quick dish-out of the usuals:
- Plaster Finish
- Smooth, classic look especially if you’re going for the Mediterranean ambiance (Imagine Santorini, Greece)
- Could require a lot of maintenance
- Could last 7-10 years, a bit on the short lifespan side
- Aggregate (Pebble, Gemstones, Glass beads, Natural Stones like Marble and Colored Quartz ) Wash-out Finish
- Created by mixing cement-based, pigmented plaster with aggregates
- It is applied by hand, polished or exposed using a power washer
- A longer lifespan compared to a plaster finish, could last 30 years with proper care
- Tile or Mosaic Finish
- Can come as Ceramic, Porcelain, Natural Stone or Glass
- Best finish option maintenance-wise (could last for a long, long time & easier to clean)
- Wide-range of color possibilities
- Most expensive option
How can I make my Swimming Pool Safe?
- Install a removable pool fence as a safety barrier
- Install a pool alarm that would alert when there is unauthorized access to the swimming pool, especially needed when you have kids going about
- Install pool safety net or cover that is strong enough to hold the weight of 2 adults and a child
- Always lock the storage room where chemicals and cleaning materials are kept
- Have the do’s and don’ts reminders by the pool with emergency contact numbers
Instant Fun! Just Add Water
Ready now to take the deep dive and build your dream pool? Hope the above guidelines and swimming puns served you righteously.
With the right planning and hiring the right team, building your dream pool will go swimmingly well! Til next time, stay cool!