When people begin to shop for a backyard pool, one of the most asked questions is, “How long does it take to build a pool?” Much like the undertaking of any other large construction project, installing a custom inground pool requires several steps. From planning, budgeting, and permitting to the actual construction and finishing of the pool. 

Let’s take a look at the different stages of building a pool and how long they typically take.


Deciding on a design is the very first step of building a pool, and this entails having multiple meetings with the designer. Be sure to browse through your pool designer’s portfolio to get inspiration for your upcoming project. 3D modeling technology and online pool building wishlists have also made this process much easier. The design process can take anywhere between one to four weeks.


The next step is getting a permit for your pool, and the duration for this step in the pool building process varies depending on the town or county you’re in and how fast the officials act. It can take up to six weeks. Most townships or cities require you to acquire a residential building permit for your swimming pool. City officials, neighbors, as well as local professionals are communicated with so as to ensure the safety of the entire process. 


Although the process of excavation can get done in a day or two, it could take longer if complications occur and restrictions are placed regarding utility lines and such. Factors such as the accessibility of the backyard, weather conditions, moisture level of the soil, and even natural obstructions can all affect the time it takes to excavate a pool. 

Steel, Plumbing & Electrical

Once the pool has been dug, the next is laying the steel, routing the plumbing and electrical, and ensuring that the underworkings of the pool are set up in a manner such that they’re completely reliable. Therefore, while it can be done in about two days, this step of the pool building process could take up to two weeks based on the size of the pool and its complexity. 

Gunite Process

This is the exciting part where you actually get to see your swimming pool take shape. Based on the kind of pool you’re building, it can take anywhere between one to three weeks. A sprayed concrete pool requires the presence of a crew and time to cure.

Deck, Landscaping & Custom Features

Adding creative features comes next in this process, whether it’s coping, decorative tile, decorative lining, and so on. Adding landscaping, including lighting and water features can take a minimum of one to two weeks and a maximum of four weeks. Adding the final coating is what comes next, and once all this is done, your pool will be built and ready to go. 

When you add it all up, building a pool is a pretty lengthy process. Getting ready to start on the pool can take just about as long as actually building it. So the best thing to do is to get started as soon as possible.

Your Dallas Pool Building Experts

When it comes to your backyard, the pool building experts at The Blue Lagoons have what it takes to create a gorgeous poolscape you can enjoy with family and friends for years to come. It’s important to note that the suggested timelines above are a general guideline, but a number of factors could affect the actual building timeline. 

Contact us to learn more about the pool building process and to schedule your design consultation today. 

About the Company 

The Blue Lagoons in Dallas takes a personalized approach to designing and building your pool. During the design and construction process you have the peace of mind that you can call one of the owners directly to answer any questions that come up. Our pools are designed with a lifetime structural warranty and a focus on reducing maintenance costs for our customers.

For over 14 years, Dallas pool builder The Blue Lagoons has served the areas of Southlake, Flower Mound, Grapevine, and other cities in the DFW Metroplex. They have a unique process that ensures smooth and easy new pool construction that will result in the backyard of your dreams. 

When you work with The Blue Lagoons you work directly with the owners. This ensures every detail of your project is done meticulously and only to the highest standards. The Blue Lagoons also offers pool repairs and renovations and weekly pool service. Contact The Blue Lagoons in Dallas today for a FREE quote on your new Dallas area swimming pool.