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Frequently Asked Questions


What do your concrete pools cost? ↑ Top

Most people invest around $50,000 to obtain a complete residential concrete swimming pool.

There are the fortunate few who request pool and spa combinations with computerized sterilization, gas heating, in floor cleaning systems, fencing, paving, water features etc who spend around $100,000.

Or there is our popular family range from $30,000.

Prices are based on pool sizes and equipment selected by the client.


How long do they take to build? ↑ Top

After a building permit has been obtained from Local Government, construction time for a family concrete pool is around two months.

Of course more complex projects with comprehensive landscaping will take longer to complete.


How long does it take to obtain a building permit? ↑ Top

Good question! It varies from council to Council but we believe three months is realistic.


Why are your pools different to others? ↑ Top

They are designed and personally supervised by Gil Howard.

We are very good at communicating with our clients.

After 35 years in the industry and thousands of pools we are only interested in providing the client with a trouble free building experience.

Our Engineering specification for construction is very high.

Our tradesmen’s standards are also very high.

The fully automatic filtration, sterilization equipment and lighting that we provide are based on the latest technology.

We also offer a wide range of pool surfaces with many colours and special effects.


What is your specification? ↑ Top

This is our main point of difference in the pool industry.

We design each pool with the client, on site, and put together a personal specification to suit the client’s needs.

Of course we have a standard specification that serves as a starting point.

Pool Developments specification includes:

[list align="none"] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Local Government Building permit application[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Concrete pool shell to Australian Standards code with 15 year warranty[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Excavation on a sandy site by 1.8m wide bobcat machine, and removal of soil to a dump site within 10kms[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Three walk-in steps at shallow end[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One swim-out ledge/seat[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One row of 200mm x200mm waterline tiles to $50/m2 allowance[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One row of step treads on steps and all ledges[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One row of reconstituted limestone bull-nose headers, or similar, on pool edge, 400mm x 270mm x 40mm to $30/m allowance[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One flush mounted WN950 Underwater light by Spa Electrics[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]An electrician to provide an independent 16 amp connection to the main board, to a maximum of 40m run, circuit breaker and four GPOs to $750 allowance[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]One heavy duty skimmer box with 50mm suction pipe to filter position and three adjustable return to pool inlets[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]A Zodiac CS filter and Zodiac Flo Pro pump[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Internal surface to be white quartz by Spectrum Quartz[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]A cleaning kit with vacuum head, adjustable handle, leaf scoop, pool broom, chemical test kit and initial water treatment[/list_item] [/list]

Note: GST is included in all prices.


What is different about your specification? ↑ Top

If you are comparing with another company we suggest that you check:

[list align="none"] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]The Engineer concrete and steel specification drawings[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]The allowances for waterline tiles @ $50/m2[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Bull nose headers @ $30/m[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]50mm plumbing and heavy duty skimmer boxes[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Zodiac Compact CS filter[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Zodiac Flo Pro pump[/list_item] [/list]


Why are some pools cheaper than others? ↑ Top

In case you are new to the business, we advise that there is more to selecting a pool than the price.

Of course there will always be somebody who will provide a low standard job at a lower price.

The sales people in the pool industry play a game called specification warfare, where the price becomes so important that standards are reduced until the client gets the worst pool with the lowest standards but for less money.


How do we obtain a price and design from Pool Developments? ↑ Top

Firstly we arrange an obligation free initial site visit and have a design interview with you.


What happens at a site visit and design interview? ↑ Top

We share lots of good ideas with you for free.

Gil Howard has been involved in several design awards.

During a design interview we accurately measure the site and present many design ideas..


Pool Developments Concrete Pool Design Check list ↑ Top

We cover the following:

[list align="none"] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We prepare a detailed Pool sketch after considering wind, shade, sewer lines, angle of vision, safety items, gardens, children’s play areas, dog zones etc.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We prepare a comprehensive specification for you.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We finalize pool length, width, steps and ledges, perimeter, area, depth options.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We agree on access for earth works and tradesmen.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We estimate Tip fees and cartage, Engineering, Backfill Compaction.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Pump and filter options and location.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Soak wells, lighting options Chemical controllers or Salt water Chlorinators.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Swim jets, fountains and water features.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Interior colours and surfaces.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Spa pools, Spa jets, Air tracks Heater pipes, Heating Solar, Gas and Electric.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Cleaning systems, In-floor cleaning.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]We discuss compulsory Pool covers and types available.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Top up appliances, Waterfall plumbing, Water features.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Land scaping items, Garden Boxes, filter enclosures.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Raised edges, negative edges, wet deck style surround.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Paving and surrounds.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Spa heating options.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Genus automatic and remote controls etc.[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Many and varied fencing options etc.[/list_item] [/list]


How long does a design interview take? ↑ Top

I estimate approximately two hours to get to a point where you know what you want.

You will then have itemized prices for all options on your list.


What happens next? ↑ Top

We provide you with the total price based on your selected options.

Assuming you wish to proceed with the pool we complete our simple order form.


What is your Progress payment formula? ↑ Top

  1. Deposit 10% of contract total payable on signing of contract.
  2. Concrete shell 55% of contract sum prior to or on the day of concrete pour.
  3. Pre-plaster payment 27.5% of contract price upon delivery of pool equipment Prior to the installation of the pool render.
  4. Handover payment 7.5% of contract price after chemical treatment of the water to a condition suitable for swimming.


Who arranges the building permit from Local Government? ↑ Top

We do all the behind the scenes paperwork for you.

We arrange all the Engineer drawings for the building permit.


What happens after the Building Permit is granted? ↑ Top

Our construction Manager will then arrange another site visit with you to set out of the pool. We will provide you with selection forms for tiles headers and internal colour selections.


What are the stages of construction? ↑ Top

[list align="none"] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Set out and pre start meeting[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Delivery of materials for form work[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Earthworks and hole digging[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Formwork and steel placement[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Concrete shell pour[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Backfill and plumbing[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Electrician[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Waterline tiling[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Step treads[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Bull-nose header on pool edge[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Water features and paving[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Filtration equipment delivery[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Shell clean out and plaster delivery[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Internal finish application[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Fill with water[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Chemical treatment[/list_item] [list_item icon="play" colored="yes"]Client instruction and handover[/list_item] [/list]


What is your warranty on your pool shell? ↑ Top

Pool Developments offer a 15 year structural warranty on the concrete pool shell.

Pumps and filtration equipment have the Manufacturer’s warranty.

Plumbing and paving has a one year warranty.

Spectrum Quartz interior has a five year warranty.

We agree to remedy any warranty issues within 28 days of written notification.