How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Pool?

When it comes to building a custom pool, you may wonder if the timeline is different from building any other type of pool. We understand the urgency when it comes to having your own backyard paradise to enjoy. In this blog we cover the timeline for building a custom pool and give you an idea of when to start planning if you want it done by a certain time.

Designs & Permits

The first step in building a custom pool is to decide on designs and request permits from the proper entities in order to start building. Designing a custom pool is exciting but also comes with many more decisions. Most people expect the entire process from jotting down initial ideas to obtaining the permits to take anywhere from one to two months. If you’re having trouble deciding on the layout of your pool or features you’d like to add, this could lead to a longer timeline. A custom pool’s blueprint is in your hands. Once you give the final approval, requests can be made to the city, HOA, electrical, etc.


Excavation can take anywhere from a few days up to a week depending on the size of the pool and the size of the crew working on it. Obviously, a deeper pool that takes up more space will take longer than a standalone spa or kiddie pool. Weather delays and other obstructions can also increase the time it takes to complete excavation.

Plumbing, Electrical, and Other Equipment

Before building the pool itself, the contractor will need to lay down the bones of the pool. This involves getting the shell built using materials like steel and rebar as well as adding important essentials like plumbing and electrical.

Laying Down Material

Finally, you will begin to see the general structure of your pool come to life when the material is being laid. This involves spending time to install, cure, and plaster or tile the pool. Concrete needs a day or so to pour but will require weeks to completely cure. The good thing is, the crew can continue to work on additional aspects of the pool area while they wait on the dry time. Once the material is completely hardened, plastering can begin, and your pool can be filled with water.

Landscapes and Custom Features

Landscaping around the pool can take up to a month depending on what you’re looking for. Staging the final look can involve building a pool deck, installing patios, waterfalls, lights, fountains, etc. You will truly see your pool come to life during this phase.

Expect the overall process to take a few months to complete from start to finish. This may mean thinking about pool building out of pool season if you’re hoping to enjoy your space when the weather warms up.

Contact our experts at Hilltop Pools to speak with professional swimming pool contractors with years of experience in pool renovations. Visit our website, or call us at (770) 471-3889. Located in Jonesboro, we serve the entire metro Atlanta, Georgia area within a 100-mile radius.


We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”