Building a Concrete Swimming Pool? Planning and Excavation Tips from the Experts

Nothing compares to an inground concrete swimming pool. While aboveground pools have a lot going for them, including a quicker and easier installation process, if you want a swimming pool that’s eternally appealing, easier to access, makes watching the kids more feasible and adds real value to your home, then installing an inground concrete swimming pool is the way to go.   

Many homeowners choose to arrange the building of their pools themselves which has a number of advantages – when you know what you’re doing. These include lower financial outlay and greater design flexibility, though as there’s so much involved, including hiring earthmoving equipment and working with designers, it’s essential that you seek expert advice and plan the project exceptionally well. Reliable Machinery & Earthworks offers bobcat hire in Perth as well as excavators at honest rates, so if you’re looking for cost-effective earthmoving equipment hire our hire services are a top choice.

Plan the Project

The importance of properly planning your project can’t be stressed enough as there really is a lot involved if you arrange the project yourself instead of having a local swimming pool company build it for you. What’s more, you should ensure the project is financially viable before making any concrete decisions and commit to paying for any products or services, including earthmoving equipment hire.

Maximising space is an essential aspect of any home swimming pool project because land is in short supply across all metropolitan areas and most new homebuyers have limited space in the backyard due to this trend. However, that doesn’t mean that having a swimming pool at home isn’t feasible (you can opt not to have full perimeter access to the pool if that makes it more viable), though it does mean that you need to position the swimming pool perfectly and take care of the following before you start making arrangements with product and service providers.

  • Site survey – Start the project with a site survey if the swimming pool will be built close to the border of your property. While most swimming pool projects don’t require a survey of the site, if it will be located within 2 metres of your neighbour’s property it may be required.
  • Council permits – Depending on your local council, a council permit may be mandatory. This is something you need to check with the planning department at your local council and if one is an essential requirement, you must have this before you start hiring service providers.
  • Site access – In addition to earthmoving equipment such as bobcats and mini-excavators, both of which are used to dig swimming pools, the swimming pool builders will need to bring in concreting and other equipment. Clear access to the worksite is, therefore, essential.
  • Budget – Naturally, the cost of building a swimming pool is a major aspect of determining whether such a project is feasible, so you’ll need to obtain quotes from a number of service and product providers and work out the total cost of carrying out the project.

These are three important aspects of planning a concrete swimming pool project that need to be managed before you begin hiring service providers to commence work. By focusing on these aspects first, you can be sure that your project is feasible and you can then start contacting swimming pool design companies, concreters and other service providers.

Earthmoving Equipment Considerations

To dig the area for the swimming pool either a bobcat or a mini-excavator will be required. While there are some fundamental differences between the two, both are suitable for digging swimming pools when fitted with the correct attachments and both offer excellent site access as they’re narrow enough to access most backyards and worksites. While you can rely on RME for expert advice to hire the right item of earthmoving equipment, here are some of the most important things to consider:

  • A full workday is usually required to excavate an average size swimming pool. This is an estimate, as underground obstacles may be found which require extra excavation work to remove or work may need to stop until a decision can be made. What’s more, if there are obstacles that prevent the earthmoving equipment from accessing the site, this can increase the time it takes to complete the job, so make sure the site is accessible in advance.
  • The area excavated for the swimming pool will usually produce about six truckloads of soil. RME offers tipper hire at cost-effective rates, however, you will need to arrange for a local tip to take the soil from your project. This needs to be arranged in advance and you should consider the distance and the time that it will take to travel from your home to the tip. 
  • The area excavated needs to be about one metre longer and wider than the length of the pool as well as about 0.5 metres deeper. This additional area should be taken into account at the planning stage to ensure feasibility of the project and it may mean that a survey of the site is required if the excavated area is within a short distance of the boundary.
  • Temporary barriers may be required to meet local council regulations. You should contact your local council with regard to this though, generally speaking, as long as the worksite area is surrounded by a fence it should be deemed acceptable. However, if the worksite area was exposed and could be accessed by a pedestrian, then a temporary barrier may be required.

Naturally, there’s a lot more involved in excavating an area in which to install a concrete inground swimming pool. However, as you can hire ‘wet’ earthmoving equipment RME in Perth, you’ll benefit from our expert advice during the planning stage when you make decisions about the earthmoving equipment hired, as well as the expertise of a skilled plant operator on the worksite during the excavation process. To learn more about the wet hire excavation equipment we offer, contact RME today – 089 3718070.