Property conditions that drive pool-building costs include: access to the backyard for heavy equipment, slopes and elevation changes, various soil conditions, and any underground obstacles. Other variables range from overhead utility lines to unusually stringent local building codes.
Because gunite pools are custom projects—each with unique specifications, site conditions, and built with materials and craftsmen that vary by markets around the country—it’s difficult to cite an average cost.
One major consideration will be whether or not the project includes a spa. This popular feature may add around 15 to 25 percent of the cost of the basic pool.
Other determining factors that affect the final price include size (often measured in perimeter feet), depth, shape, design elements, functional features, equipment and technology options (e.g., pool automation), material choices, accessories (e.g., a pool slide), local construction costs, local labor costs, and specific backyard building conditions.
By speaking to local pool builders and providing some general specifications, you will develop a sense for the typical starting pool prices in your area.