A pool is a perfect addition to your California home. With a swimming pool in your backyard, you don’t have to drive to the beach to enjoy California’s tropical weather. However, while having a pool might seem like a nice luxury, it’s also a significant investment.

Are you dreaming of building or remodeling your pool? Before you start the project, it’s crucial to know the budget for building a swimming pool in California. This way, you can set your expectations early on and avoid unnecessary delays and unexpected expenses during the construction.

Ultimately, the cost of building a pool will depend on the available features, materials, or add-ons. Setting a firm budget early on will help you decide what kind of pool you want. An experienced Orange County pool contractor like Calimingo can help you with this aspect.

How Do You Calculate Swimming Pool Costs?

One of the most common questions about pools is how much they cost. Many factors determine the cost of an inground swimming pool, many of which are within your control. Various factors influence the final cost, such as the type of materials used, the size and depth of the pool, the add-on features, and your location. 

A swimming pool’s price will ultimately depend on the size and scope of the project, just as it does for building a custom home. Additionally, the pool contractors’ reputation and work relationships may influence the price, as well as the craftsmanship of the swimming pools.

Pool Installation Costs by Type

When doing a pool installation in Orange County, pool costs differ depending on their size, depth, and whether they are above-ground or inground. There is the possibility of doubling the cost of a pool if you add additional features like spa jets and LED lights and choose a different type of pool.

1. Inground Pool

Inground pools typically cost between $28,000 and $55,000, with the average homeowner spending between $18,000 and $85,000. A pool’s cost is primarily determined by the excavation and labor costs, followed by the materials used in the construction project.


The digging of the pool hole is the most expensive part of installing a residential pool. It may be necessary to rent pool construction equipment and, most likely, hire professionals to dig the hole required for the pool without destroying any underground pipelines or wiring. There is a possibility that this will cost $45,000, which is most unlikely to be less than that.


It’s important to obtain a building permit and contact your local building inspector prior to constructing a swimming pool. Additionally, due to the amount of water involved and the construction required, you may need to ask your neighbors for permission.

There is often a cost associated with these permits. Make sure you have the necessary permits before beginning pool construction, or you could end up with half-dug holes and no pool.

Pool Shell

Next in line is the pool itself. Various standard shapes and sizes of pools are available, and the average price is between $500 and $15,000. Pool costs will vary depending on what type of pool you get — for instance, a concrete pool, fiberglass pool, or vinyl pool.

In some cases, you might need to hire a crane and operator to move the pool into position and into the hole. The cost of a crane depends on where you are located and how long you need it. An average price of $3,000 is usually charged for it.

Dirt Removal

Dirt removal from your property will also be your responsibility. When removing dirt, additional personnel, dump trucks, and other equipment are required, and it can cost as much as $10,000 occasionally.

2. Above-ground Pool

Depending on size and add-ons, an above-ground pool can cost anywhere from $1,800 to $5,000, with the average cost being $2,800. It will cost more if the ground needs to be leveled and plumbing and electrical ports must be installed.

You will need one to three days to install your above-ground pool, and more if you are also installing a fence and deck around it. Among the tasks involved in that process is digging a 1.5-foot trench for wiring from the house to the pool. To determine the final cost, you need to know how long the project will take.

Shape and Size

The price of a pool generally increases with its size and vice versa. Interestingly, a pool’s shape can have a significant effect on its price as well. Because round pools are easier to install, they cost the least, ranging between $750 and $3,000. In addition, a budget-friendly round pool kit can easily be found at big box stores that maintain competitive prices.

Because oval and rectangular pools are more difficult to install, they are more expensive – typically between $1,000 and $4,000 with accessories. If you add a deck to an above-ground rectangular pool, for example, you will have to pay around $11,200 in total.


A steel frame, resin frame, aluminum frame, or a hybrid frame are all options for above-ground pools. The cheapest option is steel, which costs between $500 and $3,000 on average, and the most expensive option is aluminum, costing between $1,000 and $4,000. The price of resin lies in the middle of those two ranges.

The most cost-effective material for above-ground pools is steel because it corrodes or oxidizes over time when left exposed to the elements. However, rust will not occur in aluminum and resin pools. If you are looking for a reliable pool installer, Orange County residents should only trust professionals with experience in the area.

Elevate Your Backyard With Calimingo’s Pool Services

The craftsmanship and construction standards of your backyard should be nothing less than exceptional when it comes to becoming your personal paradise.

Adding a custom swimming pool to your backyard oasis will be an extension of your beautiful home, and the last thing you want is to encounter any problems or headaches later on. Ensure that you review and discuss any warranty offered by the pool builder before signing any contracts.

Calimingo Pools is ready to assist you with your pool construction. A luxury pool can be made ready for use with our proven procedure based on our over 20 years of experience. Let us help you by contacting connect@calimingo.com or by calling 714-235-3294 today!