How Long Does it Take to Build a Swimming Pool?

A common question homeowners ask is this:

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

While the answer to this question varies extremely depending on the features incorporated into the design of your backyard space, most of our offices complete projects in 8-10 weeks.  For larger projects, the process can take closer to 12-16 weeks (3-4 months).  No matter how complex the project is, though, you should always know exactly what to expect based on your contract and a prepared design.


Yes, we want to sell you a swimming pool, but let’s design the dream first. Let us show you what the whole yard could be. They see the end result before they even start a job.
— Jim Bellamy, General Manager of California Pools Palm Desert
The beauty is that there is no one-size-fits-all. For some people, it’s going to be design; for some people, it’s going to be that ‘wow’ factor...It’s a chess game that’s always trying to change the rules as you’re playing.
— Mike Exstrom, General Manager of California Pools Thousand Oaks

What factors might lengthen the construction process?

  • Additional water features
  • Additional fire features
  • Rarity of materials
  • Complexity of surrounding landscape
  • Additional structures (i.e., kitchen, patio cover, etc.)
  • Weather difficulties

Have more questions about potentially buying a swimming pool / spa?  Continue to browse our website or contact us at (800) 282-7665.  Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation with your local California Pools office.