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Lap pool construction recommendations for Canberra

By 25 January 2011 27

What should one pay for a 12 meter lap pool in canberra?

And do you have any tips/tales to help???

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27 Responses to Lap pool construction recommendations for Canberra
#1
realityskin11:07 am, 25 Jan 11

About 10 grand.

#2
Holden Caulfield11:52 am, 25 Jan 11

Ten grand, haha, that’s amusing. At least, if you can find me a supplier that will do a custom inground pool for $10K I will bite their hand off.

I’d say a more realistic figure would be $30K and starting going up in $5K increments whenever you think “oh that would be nice too”.

#3
p112:29 pm, 25 Jan 11

My parents got a 13.5m lap pool put in at their place on the mid north coast recently. Pool, plus minimal paving came to about $40k. Might be a bit cheaper in a bigger place like Canberra, so Holden Caulfield is probably close to the mark with $30k.

#4
Kuku1:03 pm, 25 Jan 11

Depends. Ours blew out when the excavation was more than anyone thought. Look at 30-40K but be prepared for unexpected surprises. I’d recommend Luke Reay-Young @ Caribbean Pools.

#5
davjp1:44 pm, 25 Jan 11

Interesting… I just had 2 quotes on fibreglass pools…

12mtrs x 4mtrs $55k (Capital Country Pools)

10 mtrs x 4 mtrs $42k (Leisure Pools)

The Leisure Pools bloke said they will try and match any other quote you get as well.

Would be interested to know if anyone has a concrete pool and how much they cost???

#6
Kuku3:05 pm, 25 Jan 11

Ours was about 60K. It’s concrete. But there’s also the extras on top of that like security, landscaping etc.

#7
djk3:22 pm, 25 Jan 11

Can I post the obligatory “why bother, we live in Canberra, more hassle than its worth”?

#8
borizuka3:33 pm, 25 Jan 11

Wow, thats a huge amount of money!

We are considering a pool due to our young family but are very cautious and we don’t want to over capitalize. Our land/landscaping is more suited to an above ground pool (which will actually look in ground).

Any ideas on how much cheaper an above ground fibreglass pool is?

#9
Athryn3:52 pm, 25 Jan 11

Wow at that price I would move to a place that already has a pool

#10
Mysteryman4:28 pm, 25 Jan 11

I could be wrong, but I think you can expect to pay roughly $0.80 – $1.1 per litre depending on options.

A 12.5m x 2.5m, 1.5m deep pool would be about $35,000.

#11
troll-sniffer4:40 pm, 25 Jan 11

Friends of mine years ago elected to get a quality above ground pool, they sunk it in the ground about 2 feet, and built decking and some shade areas all around it for less than the cost of an inground, and when they sold the house the new people didn’t want a pool so they dismantled it at next to no cost.

#12
LSWCHP4:49 pm, 25 Jan 11

borizuka said :

We are considering a pool due to our young family

I know this will make me sound like The Grinch That Stole Christmas, but I would recommend you not get a pool if you have young children. They are very dangerous things, and there are so many backyard pool tragedies each year.

Steven Levitt, in his book “Freakanomics”, shows that (in the US case) children are around 100 times more likely to be killed by a swimming pool than a gun. (http://freakonomicsbook.com/freakonomics/chapter-excerpts/chapter-5/). And in the US there are a helluva lot more guns than there are here.

#13
gospeedygo5:28 pm, 25 Jan 11

Party at itstartedwithabangman’s house.

#14
Kuku9:44 pm, 25 Jan 11

borizuka said :

Wow, thats a huge amount of money!

We are considering a pool due to our young family but are very cautious and we don’t want to over capitalize. Our land/landscaping is more suited to an above ground pool (which will actually look in ground).

I think it’s a great idea. My only regret is we didn’t do it earlier. I prefer my kids to be swimming in their own pool than the local one where you spend the whole time wondering if the teenagers public displays of affection are a. hygienic, b. what their parents would do if they knew and c.what you’re kids are making of it?

Any ideas on how much cheaper an above ground fibreglass pool is?

#15
Kuku3:53 pm, 26 Jan 11

Kuku said :

borizuka said :

Wow, thats a huge amount of money!

We are considering a pool due to our young family but are very cautious and we don’t want to over capitalize. Our land/landscaping is more suited to an above ground pool (which will actually look in ground).

I think it’s a great idea. My only regret is we didn’t do it earlier. I prefer my kids to be swimming in their own pool than the local one where you spend the whole time wondering if the teenagers public displays of affection are a. hygienic, b. what their parents would do if they knew and c.what you’re kids are making of it?

Sorry that was an epic fail…(Note to self – check preview before posting)

I meant to say

I think it’s a great idea. My only regret is we didn’t do it earlier. I prefer my kids to be swimming in their own pool than the local one where you spend the whole time wondering if the teenagers public displays of affection are a. hygienic, b. what their parents would do if they knew and c.what your kids are making of it?

#16
capn_pugwash8:48 am, 27 Jan 11

try bermuda pools – they are up near newcastle but their delivery is pretty reasonable. We are getting a 15m lap pool for about $15K… kinda blows the local companies out of the water ;-) *groan*

#17
capn_pugwash8:54 am, 27 Jan 11

…of course digging the hole/paving would be on top of that…

#18
kakosi11:21 pm, 29 Dec 13

capn_pugwash said :

…of course digging the hole/paving would be on top of that…

How did the installation of the Bermuda pool go? Did you use a local contractor or did Bermuda pools organise that for you also?

#19
muntychops11:28 am, 30 Dec 13

The home we bought had a leisure pools install, it was a few years old. I had pump issues and the LP folk were so helpful, even though we didn’t purchase the pool from them.

Costs in Canberra are relative because of our wonderful economy/earning capacity, the pool we have with tiling, fences etc would cost you about 45k here, my in laws put the same pool in in Brisbane with similar fencing etc and they were about $35k out of pocket.

But on hot days and only having to walk 10ft to your pool, not deal with other peoples screaming kids, and not swimming in strangers urine, a pool is worth every cent.

#20
Masquara11:51 am, 30 Dec 13

Is the “lap pool” the new “home theatre” – and de rigueur in aspirational Gungahlin? Sounding like it!

#21
grunge_hippy3:13 pm, 30 Dec 13

wouldnt it be cheaper to install one of those massive spa pools with jets to do “laps”? Then at least you can use it in winter.

#22
poetix5:31 pm, 30 Dec 13

A twenty entry pass for the AIS is about $85, and you actually swim.

$35,000 is more than enough for the deposit on a beach house.

#23
Deborah6:17 pm, 30 Dec 13

I looked at getting a lap pool a few years ago but after speaking to friends who had one (and larger pools too) I knew I couldn’t justify the cost vs amount of time we’d be able to use it without paying a huge amount for heating – and even then it would only extend the use by a month or two. Then there was the upkeep…

I went to the October 2012 home show and gave myself a $100 budget to buy a new camp chair. Didn’t get the camp chair but I did buy a $25,000 swim spa. Best purchase I’ve ever made. We swam in it right through winter (heated to 34oC) and my child wants to live in it through summer.

Jets make a fabulous whirlpool effect for fun and games. Not a fan of the swim jets for swimming because I don’t like the water gushing in my face, but I bought a $70 system from the US that allows me to swim on the spot without the jets on.

I got mine from Spa World (Campbelltown). Highly recommend them, particularly for after sales service. They have a technician in Canberra too so there’s no worries there. I got the Vortex Aquagym Extreme http://www.spaworld.com.au/spasswimspas/vortexswimspas/aquagympro.aspx

Upkeep is 2.5 tbsp of lithium a day and rinsing filters each week.

Sounds like margarita time!

#24
milkman8:57 pm, 30 Dec 13

I’ve looked seriously at getting a pool, and it was going to cost about $70000, plus maintenance. I decided that althought the pool would be nice, the money could be put to better use.

#25
OpenYourMind2:04 pm, 31 Dec 13

During the colder months, you can kind of put your pool into hibernation, but for the past while, we’ve swum in our pool nearly every day and loved it. Some extra considerations:
Get an efficient pool pump. The pump runs for 8hrs a day in summer and uses a lot of electricity. Ours is a Hurlcon Viron and can throttle back for circulation. There are even really cool solar powered DC pumps now.
Get salt water chlorination. That way you don’t need to add chlorine all the time.
Get a pool robot. Highly recommend the Polaris jobbies. You plug them in and throw the 12v line into the pool. Drop the robot in and he scrubs and cleans the wall and floor. Best thing is that he has his own filter basket and doesn’t clog up the filter.
Get a really good pool cover. The cover heats the pool, reduces evaporation and keeps some of the leaves etc. out. It also reduces chlorine loss.

When choosing a pool design. Pick one with lots of space around the stairs. We find that often after a run or cycle or whatever, it’s nice just to sit in the cool on the steps.

Hopefully this advice/experience is of some value.

#26
chilli4:25 pm, 31 Dec 13

Deborah said :

I looked at getting a lap pool a few years ago but after speaking to friends who had one (and larger pools too) I knew I couldn’t justify the cost vs amount of time we’d be able to use it without paying a huge amount for heating – and even then it would only extend the use by a month or two. Then there was the upkeep…

I went to the October 2012 home show and gave myself a $100 budget to buy a new camp chair. Didn’t get the camp chair but I did buy a $25,000 swim spa. Best purchase I’ve ever made. We swam in it right through winter (heated to 34oC) and my child wants to live in it through summer.

Jets make a fabulous whirlpool effect for fun and games. Not a fan of the swim jets for swimming because I don’t like the water gushing in my face, but I bought a $70 system from the US that allows me to swim on the spot without the jets on.

I got mine from Spa World (Campbelltown). Highly recommend them, particularly for after sales service. They have a technician in Canberra too so there’s no worries there. I got the Vortex Aquagym Extreme http://www.spaworld.com.au/spasswimspas/vortexswimspas/aquagympro.aspx

Upkeep is 2.5 tbsp of lithium a day and rinsing filters each week.

Sounds like margarita time!

Hey Deborah, so glad you posted, we’ve just been looking at the same thing. One thing that concerns me though is running costs, which I’ve heard can be substantial. Can I ask how much you estimate the electricity cost to be in a year?

Thanks!

#27
Deborah5:23 pm, 31 Dec 13

chilli said :

Deborah said :

I looked at getting a lap pool a few years ago but after speaking to friends who had one (and larger pools too) I knew I couldn’t justify the cost vs amount of time we’d be able to use it without paying a huge amount for heating – and even then it would only extend the use by a month or two. Then there was the upkeep…

I went to the October 2012 home show and gave myself a $100 budget to buy a new camp chair. Didn’t get the camp chair but I did buy a $25,000 swim spa. Best purchase I’ve ever made. We swam in it right through winter (heated to 34oC) and my child wants to live in it through summer.

Jets make a fabulous whirlpool effect for fun and games. Not a fan of the swim jets for swimming because I don’t like the water gushing in my face, but I bought a $70 system from the US that allows me to swim on the spot without the jets on.

I got mine from Spa World (Campbelltown). Highly recommend them, particularly for after sales service. They have a technician in Canberra too so there’s no worries there. I got the Vortex Aquagym Extreme http://www.spaworld.com.au/spasswimspas/vortexswimspas/aquagympro.aspx

Upkeep is 2.5 tbsp of lithium a day and rinsing filters each week.

Sounds like margarita time!

Hey Deborah, so glad you posted, we’ve just been looking at the same thing. One thing that concerns me though is running costs, which I’ve heard can be substantial. Can I ask how much you estimate the electricity cost to be in a year?

Thanks!

My electricity has gone up around $1000 for the whole year – not bad considering I run it at 34oC in winter and 32oC in summer. As I said in my original post we use it every day (all jets going too) so it’s money well spent. Joanne at Spa World in Campbelltown is the sales rep I dealt with – very knowledgeable. Make sure you get one with the hybrid heat pump. I’m so happy with my spool I told them to use me as a reference.

If you do go ahead let me know and I’ll give you some pointers about installation.

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