Expert Inground Pool Builders
in St. Petersburg, FL
Inground pools are popular among many Florida homeowners due to their durability, versatility, and luxurious appearance. As an added bonus, an aesthetic pool also serves as a long-term investment in the future value of the property.
At Great Escapes Custom Pools, our pool designers and installers are ready to make your backyard dreams come true. We’ll listen closely to your wants and needs, then work with you to build a beautiful inground pool in as little as six weeks.
Learn more today – schedule your free consultation with our expert crew.
Gunite pools, or shotcrete pools, are constructed by spraying a mixture of sand, cement, and water onto a steel framework or excavated hole. These high-end concrete pools are long-lasting and incredibly durable, and they also offer a high level of design flexibility.
About Great Escapes
We’re a team of individuals dedicated to building pools with integrity and serving the Tampa Bay community. Installing an inground pool is a big deal – and we want to ensure every homeowner feels comfortable throughout the entire construction process.
When you hire Great Escapes Custom Pools, you can trust that you’re partnering with a capable team boasting 50+ years of experience. We use top-of-the-line materials and tools to create stunning, high-functioning pools, and all of our finished products come with a two-year warranty.
Our Pool Design & Installation Process
Consultation and Site Assessment
During a client’s free consultation, we nail down their inground pool vision and provide them with an upfront estimate and timeline. We’ll also thoroughly explain the construction process so that they have clear expectations for our deliverables, starting on day one.
Design Your Dream Pool
Our next step is to provide renderings of the customers’ wants and needs. We’ll present our initial design plans, then revise them according to the client’s input. Our crew will also explain any pros and cons that come along with the final design before confirming it.
Obtain the Necessary Permits
In Florida, approval for an inground pool permit can easily take up to 6 weeks. However, we do our best to expedite the mandatory process and are often able to push permit approvals to an average of 3 weeks time, depending on the complexity of the project.
Excavate and Begin Construction
Before we begin the excavation, we’ll partially set up the pool layout and mark it to ensure accuracy. Depending on the land elevation, we may also add well points to keep the ground dry. The excavated dirt will then be hauled off-site unless it’s needed for leveling or grading.
Plumbing and Electrical Work
Next, we’ll dig trenches to install plumbing lines and pool light conduits. These trenches will lead to the customer-approved site, where an electrician will install a pool equipment panel. This panel will power the pool’s lights, pump, automation features, and any other electrical equipment.
After the space has been dug, we will install steel rebar as a caged outline of the pool. This rebar will reinforce the concrete pool shell that will be shot through a high-pressure nozzle. Before the concrete is sprayed, we will also schedule a required steel inspection.
Pool Shaping and Tiling
Although the overall shape of the inground pool is formed by the steel cage, we will refine it by hand troweling. This forms the final shell of the pool. After the shell is cured, we will meticulously install level tile and coping around the pool’s perimeter to create a waterline.
Decking and Landscaping
Decking is one of the final steps and varies depending on the size and product. Our clients can choose from a range of materials, including shellstone, marble, travertine, or concrete pavers. Once the deck is installed, landscaping the perimeter of the deck will truly transform your backyard into a Great Escape.
The final (but crucial) part of the construction is the installation of the pool's interior. After that, our team will conduct final touches around the pool equipment to make sure it is operable and will function as it should.
Why Choose Great Escapes Custom Pools?
Get an Estimate for Your Inground Pool Today
Installing a custom pool is a significant investment, and we’re committed to answering all of your questions upfront. To learn about pricing, timelines, and project details, schedule a free consultation with our team today.
During this initial consultation, our Great Escapes Custom Pools crew is happy to visit your Florida property to inspect the space and provide an accurate estimate. We’ll address all of your concerns upfront and provide you with a carefully calculated quote – free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
The installation of an inground pool generally starts at $45K, with the average price falling between $80K and $100K. However, to provide you with an accurate estimate, the Great Escapes Custom Pools team will need to fully understand the scope of your desired project. Schedule your free consultation today.
We often recommend that homeowners install their pool over the winter months so that they’ll have it ready for use by the following summer. Early summer to early fall is generally the least favorable time to install inground pools, as Florida’s rainy season can trigger construction delays.
Pool installation timelines vary in length depending on the type and size of the pool, the overall complexity of the project, and unique design specifications. In most cases, the process takes between 6-8 weeks, although we push for under six weeks whenever possible.
For a more specific time estimate, reach out to Great Escapes Custom Pools. We’ll assess your project requirements and provide you with an accurate timeline. Our goal is always to under-promise and over-deliver, so you can expect us to finish on time (or earlier).