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What Is the Average Size and Cost of Residential Inground Swimming Pools?

What’s the average size of a residential in-ground swimming pool? What should you look to spend to install one? To answer these questions, we first need to answer what is “average” since there are so many factors and variations that would change our answer. The “average” inground pool size and cost are incredibly subjective depending on the space available and your budget. However, most pool experts would agree that the average size of a rectangular pool is between 10-20 feet for smaller inground pools and 20-40 feet for bigger ones, with an average cost between $28,000 and $55,000 This is a pretty big range so let’s take a look at what “average” might mean in different contexts. 

What Exactly Is “Average”?

Average can mean a lot of things especially when it comes to what the average cost of a residential swimming pool is. This heavily depends on what it is exactly that you want out of your contractor. More often than not contractors will give you a sample book that you’re able to choose from. The more water features, the deeper the pool, etc. the more it will cost. Don’t even get us started on the different pool shapes you can choose from. If you can dream it, we can build it. 

Another determining factor in pool cost is the location. Do you live in a big city? There’s a good chance you have less space for a pool than say someone out in the country. So keep that in mind when choosing how big you want the size of your inground pool to be. 

The last big factor on average cost is the intended use of the pool. Are you a couple of grandparents building an inground pool for your grandkids? Then your pool will likely be smaller and shallow, giving your kids more room to play. Did you just buy a house and you’re looking to build a pool to entertain your guests? Then the size will likely be much bigger and deeper as it’s intended for adults. 

Average Pool Capacity 

Another factor that often goes unnoticed when it comes to residential in-ground pools is the capacity of the pool. Capacity is directly related to not only the cost of filling the pool but also the time and maintenance required. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the pool’s capacity the more maintenance it will take. Pool cleaning, the cost of machines that filter the water, and the cost of chemicals can build up. It’s important to keep in mind the long-term costs of what goes into keeping your inground pool safe to swim in when talking to your contractor and choosing what creative shape you want the pool to be. 

Speaking of Contractors…

One factor surrounding residential inground pools we haven’t mentioned yet is the landscaping around the pool. A key part of having a pool that will impress is having the landscaping to match. Luckily for you, Wildwood Landscape is here to take that off your hands. We are a team of award-winning landscape experts that will turn your backyard into the getaway of your dreams. Contact us today to see how we can help. 

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