Nobody wants the summer to wind down, but just because the colder weather is approaching doesn’t mean it’s too late to build a pool. Late summer is actually a good time in CT to build. Fairfield County summers can stretch into late September, and several of our clients enjoy their heated pools and outdoor spas into November, depending on the weather.
How late is too late to build? It’s not ideal to build a pool in winter, but it can be done. Just as with home construction, we build pools year round, despite the cold and harsh CT winters. Of course winter is not nearly as popular for pool building as the other seasons, but it is possible to accomplish if your timeline calls for it. The key is to incorporate the right process and materials. Ideally you want to take the winter to plan your pool and perhaps start the process with the idea of breaking ground when the soil is not frozen and there will be no issue with concrete curing.
The length of time required to build an in-ground, gunite pool is typically six to eight weeks, including permitting, drafting and plan approvals, construction, gunite cure time, and basic masonry surround. It will likely take more time if you’re planning extensive landscaping, masonry work, dramatic changes to grade, blasting, or pool house construction.
As builders in Fairfield and Westchester counties, we’re no strangers to difficult terrain. We’ve come across severe building challenges, most of which were overcome with diligent planning and engineering. There can be heavy ledge in Greenwich, Westport, Darien, and most other area towns. If this is the case, we need to blast the pool site. Depending on the extent of the ledge, this can make the project considerably more expensive.
Another typical building challenge that we’ve seen is sloping property. In some cases, heavy excavation and outside fill can help reduce the slope. For more extensive cases, retaining walls can be built to carve out a level section for the pool. With creative design and attractive masonry, a natural stone retaining wall can play into the layout in an appealing way. Spas can also be built into the slope to create a tiered approach.
If you’re planning to build a pool, talk with your builder in detail about your plans for the site, and make sure to inform them of all the amenities you would like to include. Although it can be an investment in time and capital, the lifestyle payoff can be significant.