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Build a pool: You have to reckon with these costs

There are basically three possibilities for a pool in the garden: Either you let a swimming pool in the ground, whereby the pool can consist of different materials. Or you can set up an above-ground swimming pool. There is also the option of setting up a pool only temporarily and packing it away in winter. The different swimming pool variants are of course associated with different costs. We give you an overview of what a pool in the garden costs.

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1. The inflatable quick-up pool

The quickest, easiest and cheapest solution for spontaneous bathing fun in summer is a so-called quick-up pool. It is simply spread out on a flat surface. Then you blow up the integrated air ring, let in water and the bathing pleasure can begin.

These pools are round and up to about five meters in diameter. When the summer is over, you simply dismantle the pool again. Certainly not the best solution in the long term, but a good alternative to the large garden pool, especially for tenants.

Inflatable garden pool costs: You can get quick-up pools for around 100 euros.

An inflatable quick-up pool can be set up and dismantled quickly. It is the cheapest pool solution for the home garden.

2. The in-ground swimming pool

The most elegant is to sink the swimming pool into the ground. However, a pool at ground level also harbors a great risk: children or animals can fall into it and drown in it. Even those who have no children should consider this. If someone is harmed in the pool, the owner is liable. When it comes to the materials for such a pool, there are various options that vary in price.

Steel wall liner pools

With this swimming pool variant, a steel body is erected in a round or oval shape and lined with a waterproof film. A maximum of eight meters in diameter and a water depth of 1.50 meters are possible. The body must be backfilled well so that it does not tip over at some point.

Cost of a steel wall pool: A round pool with a diameter of three meters and a depth of 1.20 meters is available from around 600 euros. On the other hand, one with a diameter of eight meters costs around 2,000 euros. The scope of delivery often includes accessories such as filters and pool ladders.

Plastic pools

In the so-called one-piece pools made of polyester or glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP), the shape of the pool is specified. The construction time for such a pool is very short. The basin is delivered in one piece and you only have to insert it into the appropriate excavation. But the transport costs are relatively high.

Cost of a plastic pool: Such plastic pools are available from 5,000 euros, plus the costs for assembly. For a rectangular pool with a length of eight to nine meters, you have to reckon with a purchase price of around 10,000 euros.

Concreted swimming pool

If you pour your swimming pool out of concrete, you can decide for yourself about the size and shape. Such a pool is very solid and durable. However, this variant is very complex and there are high labor costs - unless you can do the work yourself. The concrete pool is lined with foil or a ceramic covering.

Cost of a concrete swimming pool: For such a concreted pool you have to reckon with 25,000 to 30,000 euros if you have it built by specialist companies.

Brick pool

As an alternative to concrete, you can also build your swimming pool with shell stones or styrofoam blocks. Read our experience report here on how you can build such a pool yourself. The stones are each laid on a base plate and then poured with concrete. The pool is then lined with a foil.

Cost of a brick pool: For such a pool you have to reckon with 25,000 to 30,000 euros. Those who do their own work can get by with around 10,000 euros.

Stainless steel basin

One-piece pools made of stainless steel are also possible. They have an elegant look and the water in a stainless steel pool heats up much faster and stores the heat longer than in other pool variants.

Costs for a stainless steel pool: For a swimming pool made of stainless steel you have to reckon with costs of around 30,000 euros.

Swimming pond

The bathing pond offers an alternative to the classic pool. If you want to swim in it, however, you will need a little more space. The advantage of a bathing pond: The pond is extremely economical in terms of running costs, since the ecosystem is self-sustaining in the best of cases.

Cost of a swimming pond: The installation of a swimming pond by a specialist costs around 10,000 euros. If you do a lot on your own, you can save several thousand euros here too.

In our picture gallery we show you the variety of swimming pools set into the ground.

3. The above-ground swimming pool

You will save money if you do not submerge the pool or only partially submerge it. There is less excavation and less work. In addition, a child or animal does not easily fall into such a pool.

Steel wall above-ground pool

Basins that have a steel wall and are on average 120 centimeters deep do not need to be countersunk. Those who are skilled in their craft can set them up themselves. Above-ground pools are now available in a wide variety of designs in many hardware stores.

Cost of a steel wall above-ground pool: from around 1,000 euros. You can read more about this in our article "Steel wall pool: What an above-ground pool costs and how you can save"

Outdoor jacuzzi

An alternative, if you are primarily looking for relaxation, is an outdoor jacuzzi. You can find more about this in our purchase advice for outdoor whirlpools.

Cost of an outdoor whirlpool: A solid whirlpool for the garden or terrace with few frills costs between 500 and 2,000 euros.

Hot tub as an alternative in small gardens

A hot tub can be an alternative to a large above-ground pool, especially in small gardens where there is little space. A hot tub is heated and can therefore also be used in winter. In our article on bath tubs, we explain what types there are and what you should consider when buying. You can also build a hot tub yourself.

Cost of a hot tub: You can get a spruce tub from 500 euros.

Ongoing costs for a pool in the garden

In addition to the one-off acquisition costs, you also have to plan the ongoing operating costs for your pool. They depend on various factors, such as the pool size, the duration and frequency of use and the outside temperatures.

For fresh water, electricity and heating costs and regular cleaning, you can expect a flat rate of 1,000 to 2,500 euros per year.

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