For some people, the definition of ‘luxury’ might be owning a sports car or having an indoor cinema or state-of-the-art kitchen. But for others, a swimming pool in the garden (or indoors) might be the ultimate luxury.  

If you’re looking to buy a property, you might find one to your liking which has a swimming pool already installed, or you may intend to build a swimming pool once you’ve moved in. If you are planning to install a swimming pool at a property in the foreseeable future, here are some tips to help.


Ponder your options before you take the plunge 

Do you want to install an outdoor or indoor pool? We’ll start with looking at outdoor swimming pools.


How will it be built? 

This can depend on what type of pool you are installing. An above ground pool can be constructed by a DIY expert and there are DIY kits that can be purchased for in-ground swimming pools. However, although they are sold as DIY some knowledge of swimming pool construction is important. Most people who want a swimming pool in their garden will hire a specialist company – this is always recommended.

Check the builder’s credentials 

Building a swimming pool requires as much expertise as any other form of construction. There are many companies claiming to be experts in swimming pool construction, and some are better than others. Seek personal recommendations, obtain quotes for the work, ask the builders for references from previous clients, and ask to see examples of their previous work.   

How much will it cost? 

Above ground pools can be bought for around £2,500 and can be built by anyone good at DIY. 

The in-ground DIY kits start from around £5,000, but this does not include hiring machinery and the extra materials needed to complete the project. 

If you have your swimming pool built by professionals, there are several options open to you. 

Customised in-ground liner kits start at around £25,000. A concrete pool tiled with mosaic tiles may cost around £45,000. At the top end of the market, you can choose a pool already made from carbon ceramics delivered to your property and installed by experts. These pools can cost between £50,000 to £150,000.

Will I need planning permission? 

You will not require planning permission for an outdoor pool unless your property is in a conservation area, on green belt land, or in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, if your property is a listed building you may require planning permission. If you are not sure about your situation you should contact your local planning office for clarification.


The cost 

Prices vary between £250,000 to £500,000 for a 50m2 swimming pool in an extension of 144m2 with changing rooms and showers.

Will I need planning permission? 

Detached structures in the garden area and extension on the side or rear of a property will be allowed under permitted development rights and will not require planning permission. However, this must comply with building regulations, so it is wise to check with your local planning authority.     

Pick the right people 

When you are investing in having an indoor swimming pool built at your property, you want to make sure you hire the right people to do the job. Pick a specialist swimming pool company who will have a design team that includes specialists in planning, pool environmental experts, structural engineers and architects. You can then feel confident that your design and structural requirements will be met and within your budget. 

Of course, there are many more things to be considered before you build an indoor or outdoor swimming pool. How much will it cost to run? How will we maintain it? Will it add value to the property or might it limit your options with buyers should you decide to sell the property? 

If you’re looking for a property in the Wimbledon area and require advice and guidance, get in touch or register as a buyer

About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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