Building a pool is an exciting venture that promises endless enjoyment and relaxation. However, before you dive into construction, it’s essential to have a thorough plan in place. Here’s your ultimate checklist to ensure a smooth pool-building process, covering everything from permits to preparations

Define Your Vision and Budget

Determine Your Pool Type: Decide whether you want an in-ground or above-ground pool. Consider size, shape, depth, and additional amenities such as a spa, waterfall, or tanning ledge.

Set a Budget: Establish a realistic budget that covers all aspects of the project, including construction, materials, labor, permits, and ongoing maintenance costs.

Research Local Regulations and Permits

Check Zoning Laws: Verify your local zoning laws to ensure that building a pool is permissible on your property.

Obtain Necessary Permits: You may want to look into specific city requirements to prevent unwanted surprises. Once the design process is complete, your builder will likely apply for all required permits, including building, electrical, and plumbing permits.  

HOA Approval: If you live in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA), plan on obtaining their approval before the build starts.

Site Preparation

Survey Your Property: Hire a professional to survey your property and identify the best location for your pool. Consider factors like sunlight, drainage, and proximity to utilities. More and more cities are now requiring a drainage survey in addition to your standard home survey. This can help you identify the best drainage plan when building your future pool. If you do not live in the city limits, this is not a requirement, but it can be helpful during the design phase. 

Utility Lines: Call your utility providers to mark any underground lines. This step is crucial to avoid damaging them during excavation. Emerald does take care of this part of the process during the pre-planning phase. Some homeowners would like to know prior to starting the process, and this is a free service the city will provide. 

Soil Testing: Conduct a soil test to determine the stability and composition of your ground. This information will help in designing a safe and durable pool structure. This is not required for all areas in the DFW area, but in some areas it is required by Emerald to ensure the highest quality pool build. 

Design and Planning

Hire a Professional: Work with a reputable pool contractor or designer to create a detailed plan. Ensure they are experienced and insured. Ask for referrals!

Choose Materials: Select high-quality materials for the pool’s construction, including tiles, coping, decking, and interior finishes.

Plan Landscaping: Consider the landscaping around your pool area, including plants, lighting, and outdoor furniture.

Safety Measures

Install Fencing: Plan a secure fence around your pool to meet local safety codes and protect children and pets.

Safety Equipment: Invest in essential safety equipment, such as pool covers, alarms, and life-saving devices.

Contract Information

Review the Contract: Carefully review the contract with your pool contractor. Ensure it includes all details, such as homeowner rights, payment schedules, and warranties.

Inspection and Approval

Schedule Inspections: Your project manager will help complete these steps during the different phases of your build. 

Final Approval: Once the pool is completed and meets all safety standards, your project manager will obtain final approval from your local building department.


Pool Maintenance Plan: Develop a maintenance plan for your pool. This plan should include regular cleaning, chemical balancing, and equipment checks. 

Enjoy Your Pool: Once everything is in place, it’s time to enjoy your new pool! Host a pool party, relax, and enjoy your backyard oasis.

Building a pool is a significant investment that requires careful planning and attention to detail. Following this comprehensive checklist, along with your designer and project manager, can ensure a smooth and successful pool-building experience. For expert guidance and quality pool construction, contact Emerald Custom Pools today. We’re here to help you turn your dream pool into a reality.

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