Pool Buyers Guide

So… you are considering a new concrete swimming pool?

We have put together some commonly asked questions to assist you, if you are unable to find the answer here just drop us an email or phone us for more information.

What size pool can you have?

The average pool size today has become smaller due to the reduced land sizes, other factors that control size are boundary setbacks, storm water and sewer pipes or easements, building distance to house walls, land levels and access.

Cityscapes can design and build pools to suit any lot size with sizes varying from but not limited to 4x3m, 6x3m, 7×3.5 with average family pool sizes being 6x3m, 7×3.5m, 8x4m.

Do I need Council Permission to build a pool?

In most instances swimming pools are approved through Private Certifiers (CDC) however special approvals are sometimes required when building near sewer pipes, above ground or in special zoned areas. Cityscapes Pools takes care of all approval processes.

Do I need my neighbour’s permission or approval to build a pool?

Generally, with CDC (Complying Development) we are not required to notify neighbours, however, in some instances this is required if a boundary fence alteration has required a Relaxation Application.

We do however suggest at least advising your neighbours of the pending construction of your new swimming pool as a courtesy as communication with neighbours always helps.

How much does an average pool cost to build?

To honestly answer this question, a pool will vary in price subject to size, site conditions, location, access, selected inclusions, features, and finishes.

The important thing to keep in mind when obtaining quotes is that each company you contact provides a totally open and honest picture of all the associated costs with realistic pricing for items such as the supply of pool coping, fencing, electrical connections etc so you have a true budget not a deflated budget that may cost you extra during construction.

We suggest you work to a budget when speaking with a designer so that you can obtain the best value for money there is little point in dreaming high on added items if the budget is not able to afford them, many items like heating and extended landscaping can be added later to save money up front.

What is the warranty on a concrete swimming pool?

All structural works are covered under a 6-year warranty provided through QBCC

Cityscapes Pools have been in business since 1993 and have an unblemished record of building all types and sizes of concrete pool and landscapes throughout Brisbane, for this reason you can be assured of the same quality for your new family swimming pool as we build our pools right the first time. We back our pools, We warrant our pools and We Honour our commitment to build the best pools.

We are established members of the Master Builders Association of Queensland.

How long does it take to build my pool?

The actual building time will depend on the size of the project, the amount of associated landscaping if applicable, weather conditions, site conditions and accessibility and the range of accessories you may have selected.

An average guide is the whole process from contract to swimming may vary between 3-6 months.

The stages are:

  1. Design and contract stage including Engineering. (2-3 weeks)
  2. Council or CDC approval (2 weeks DCD- Allow up to 30 days for Council/Relaxation)
  3. Surveyors set out of your new pool prior to excavation.
  4. Pool construction (8-12 weeks depending on project size and inclusions).

Why select concrete over Fibreglass?

This is the age-old question, basically although concrete will usually (however not always) be more expensive, there are far more advantages for choosing a concrete swimming pool.

  1. Flexibility in design to suit your family’s needs in size, shape, depths, and finishes.
  2. Ability to build to all site levels, soil types and conditions, accessibility of installation.
  3. Visual appearance and perceived value for money spent.
  4. Ability to create individual designs.
  5. Range of finishes, including tiles, coloured glass bead, waterline tiles.
  6. Longevity of construction.
  7. Ability to build in or above ground on practically any site.

What is the best equipment for my pool?

The type of equipment selected for your pool can depend on the volume, access to sewer or storm water system, distance from the pool and your personal choice on chlorination.

Your designer should advise you which system will suit your requirements.

Cityscapes Pools offers all the alternative systems including sand and cartridge filters, various pumps to suit your project as well as a choice of liquid chlorine, traditional Salt water and the genuine Magna Pool (Mineral Water Pools).

Do I need a Surveyor?

Due to recent regulation surrounding pools located on a property boundary or on vacant properties (New House Builds) it has become compulsory that the pool is set out on site by a registered surveyor to ensure accuracy of location and levels.

When do I need to select my tiles or pavers for my pool?

As there is a large selection of pool coping pavers and tiles available on the market and they come in various sizes and thicknesses it is important that you have all products selected prior to the pool construction so that concrete sizes and heights can be set to suit the products selected. Cityscapes Pools requires the selection to be made prior to contract so that designs can be adjusted if necessary.

Why do you want a swimming pool?

The main reason people buy a swimming pool is to enjoy family time relaxing and entertaining the family at home rather than going to a sandy crowded hot open beach as it’s more convenient to just step out your back door and enjoy the benefits of your own pool.

The reasons will vary from the pool being just for the family to cool off in summer, to entertaining at home or exercise and these requirements will have a bearing on whether we would design your dream pool.

Is my property suitable to build a pool?

Various factors are to be considered to answer this question such as access for excavation equipment, soil types, site levels, existing easements such as storm water and sewer pipes  plus individual design requirements, all these factors control building costs.

Cityscapes Pools will arrange an obligation free site inspection and analysis and provide you with advice on the suitability of your property for your new swimming pool construction.

Where would be the best location on my property to build a new pool?

The factors that should be considered to answer this question are:-

  • Check on local building codes and regulations.
  • Locate existing services.
  • Consider shade factors from existing trees or structures on site.
  • Consider fencing regulations.
  • How will users enter and exit the pool area?
  • Select a position considering the visual appearance and view from the house from both a safety supervision and presentation advantage.
  • Look at the impact on existing or proposed associated landscaping and entertaining areas.
  • Consider the best location for the pool equipment and ease of access.

How can you be assured your pool will be easy to maintain?

There is no such thing as a totally maintenance free pool however you can reduce maintenance with careful planning.

  • Make sure you pool is designed with energy efficient equipment
  • Install variable speed pool pumps.
  • Install automatic time-controlled filters, pumps, and water sanitisation system,
  • Use only an energy efficient heating system.
  • Ensure the design caters for an adequate water circulation system for the size and volume of the pool.
  • Locate the pool in an area of the yard not prone to large leaf fall or extensive cross wind.
  • Install adequate cleaners designed to suit the site-specific site conditions.
  • Engage a local service company to check on your pool if you are planning a long vacation period.

Who should I select to build my new swimming pool?

The best way to select a pool builder who is committed to providing quality and good design is to ask friends or work colleagues who have had pools built for referrals as they will have experienced both the quotation and building process and would be well suited to suggest both who and who not to contact.

The second is to follow up on local blogs and or research in your local area as there are many websites available where past buyers vent their frustrations with bad experiences.

Ask for suggestions and or recommendations on your local community group websites.

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