Swimming Pool Construction Costs in the Philippines

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A swimming pool is always a welcome addition to any home. If you have the space for it, here is the budget that you will need to cover swimming pool construction costs.

Have you always dreamed of having a swimming pool in your own home? If your home has an empty backyard and you have the budget for it, it will be easy to simply hire a contractor to get the job done.

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However, it will be beneficial for the homeowner to determine the specifics of swimming pool construction costs for two reasons: to make sure that the contractor is charging a reasonable amount, and to prepare for the cost of owning a swimming pool.

It is not cheap to own a swimming pool, but it is very much worth it. Here is a general overview of the expected swimming pool construction costs in the Philippines.

Total Swimming Pool Construction Cost

The average estimated cost for a basic swimming pool measuring eight meters long and four meters wide is about Php600,000, placing the construction cost at about Php18,750 per square meter.

The amount looks steep, but that is because of the many elements that are required in building a swimming pool.

Permits and Bonds

First of all, homeowners will need to acquire the necessary building permits, especially for families living in a subdivision or gated community. One of the worst things that could happen is for a contractor to have already started on your dream pool, only to find out that a swimming pool needs to conform to certain specifications.

Subdivisions may require construction bonds, and some contractors may need temporary facilities throughout the construction work. There may be other permits that need to be acquired and fees that need to be paid, such as with the barangay.

Estimated Cost: Php5,000 to Php10,000, depending on the home’s location

Preliminary Work

Once all the necessary permits are in hand, the preliminary work for the swimming pool may start. This involves excavating the earth and hauling the soil, to dig down to the standard depth of residential swimming pools of five feet. If the area is cemented, demolition will be needed, which is an additional cost.

Estimated Cost: PHP 40,000

Plumbing

A network of pipes and fittings will be needed, which may be sourced by the contractor. It will be cheaper to buy the needed pipes and fittings yourself, but just make sure that the materials that you are buying are the right ones.

Estimated Cost: Php25,000 to Php30,000

Filters and Pumps

The swimming pool will also need a filter, which is one of its most important components. High-quality filters will be more expensive upfront, but will last longer and will allow the homeowner to save on maintenance costs.

Blowers and hydro jets, meanwhile, are a separate cost from the filter and are optional additions to the swimming pool.

The swilling pool will also need a water pump. For a standard residential swimming pool, a 1.5 horsepower pump should be enough.

Estimated Cost:

  • Php50,000 to Php80,000 for a good-quality water filtration system
  • Php 35,000 to Php60,000 for blowers and hydro jets
  • Php42,000 to Php45,000 for the water pump

Civil Works

The civil works for the swimming pool will require several components, including four-inch concrete hollow blocks and steel bars. Contractors may charge a per-square meter cost for these, but they may be purchased by the homeowners themselves for Php12 to Php19 each for the hollow blocks and Php133 to Php140 for the steel bars, for some savings.

Other required components of the swimming pool that will incur additional costs include polyethylene sheets to damp-proof the concrete and preserve the in-lay of the pool, and water-proofing concrete.

Estimated Cost: Php300,000

Electricity

The swimming pool will need a properly fitted electric supply for the filter and the water pump.

Estimated Cost: Php7,500 to Php9,000

Finishings

The cost of the tiles of the swimming pool will range from as low as PHP 20 each to a few thousand pesos, plus the contractor’s installation fees. This will depend on the homeowners’ preference on which tiles to use.

Estimated Cost: Php50,000 to Php90,000

Swimming Pool: Complete!

The swimming pool is finally complete, ready for the hot summer days. Keep in mind that the costs will not stop here though. Maintenance costs will be required, but those will be minimal compared to the construction cost of the swimming pool.

Final word of advice: choose your contractor wisely, ideally one by recommended by family or friends. The cheapest option is rarely the best option, because in construction, you get what you pay for.

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