Custom Pool FAQ

Can I finance my pool?

Yes. Many people are taking advantage of lower interest rates and the equity they have in their home. Dominion Pools works closely with lenders who specialize in finding a loan that fits your needs as well as your budget. Your Dominion Pools design consultant and/or our office staff will be happy to assist you.

How much does a pool cost?

While the average investment for building a pool varies by region, a base pool will typically range from the mid to upper $30,000s. Size, customized options, automated features, and the cost of finish materials contribute to the total investment of your pool. Our experienced design consultants will create a custom pool that fits your yard, lifestyle and budget. An important fact to realize is that the pool industry is much like the home building industry in that there are tract/production homebuilders, custom/tract homebuilders and custom homebuilders. However when it comes to pools, many people think all pools are created equal…. a pool, is a pool, is a pool. NOT SO. A tract pool, or cookie cutters as they are called in the pool industry, is cheaper than a custom pool, just like a tract home is cheaper that a custom home. This is not because the custom builder makes more profit, but instead, are usually more experienced, use better quality products/materials, employs highly skilled contractors and provides better warranties, communication and customer service. Choose wisely.

How does the design process work?

A Dominion Pools design consultant will contact you to set up a meeting to come to your home to discuss the features, likes, dislikes and a budget for the pool you are considering. They will evaluate your backyard, topography, the architecture of your home, focal and access points, family needs/usage, tree locations, locate utilities, check for easements and a number of other things. It will be necessary to have a site or plot plan of your house and property available for our consultant. Following the initial consultation, your designer will return to the office and design a custom pool to incorporate all the features and benefits which were discussed. They will then contact you to schedule an appointment to come to our office/showroom for a no-pressure, professional presentation of your custom Dominion Pool. Here, you will be able to see the many samples of the materials being suggested such as tile, coping, deck and plaster.

How much maintenance is involved with a pool?

With a custom designed pool built with today’s state-of-the-art equipment and automation, chemical testing and maintenance takes only a few hours a month. You can also cut down on maintenance by adding features like an in-floor cleaning/circulation system and/or improved sanitation system. Ask your Dominion Pool representative about additional time saving options.

What features can I add to my pool?

Almost anything you can imagine! Dominion Pools award-winning design consultants are experienced in designing and building custom features like waterfalls, jump rocks, tanning shelves, beach entries, fountains, grottos, all tile pools, underwater speakers, in-floor cleaning and circulation systems, salt, ozone, mineral and UV light sanitation systems, pool & spa automation for mobile digital devices and more. Let us know what you’d like and we’ll do it. Need ideas……check out some of the custom features in our gallery other clients have chosen for their pools.

Will my pool have a warranty?

Yes. We know that superior customer service does not end when the pool is completed. At Dominion Pools, our warranties exceed industry standards. We have a lifetime structural warranty on the pool shell, as well as an extended warranty on our pumps, filters, heaters and cleaners. We want you to be happy with your investment, so we stand behind our work.

If I have a small yard, can you still design a pool that will fit my budget and taste?

The short answer is Yes. In this day and age, it has become more and more common for builders to build larger houses on smaller lots so Dominion Pool Group has a lot of experience designing smaller pools. Our experienced design consultants can create a beautiful custom swimming pool for even the most challenging properties. Best of all, our estimates for a custom pool and/or spa design are FREE allowing you to see how beautiful a custom-designed Dominion Pool will look in your backyard.

Most pools seem the same. Why do costs vary?

There are many factors that determine the price of a pool. How big is the pool? What extras and custom features are added? The investment for a pool is also determined by:

  • Quality of materials and craftsmanship. Good things are not cheap and cheap things are seldom good.
  • Difficult access and/or topography of the Jobsite.
  • Soil conditions and the presence of water or rock. Is Specialized Engineering necessary?
  • Many builders build a “basic” production type pool while others build customized pools with many additional features and benefits.
  • Warranties provided by the pool builder.

Like most things, there is good, better and best. Since the addition of a swimming pool is, many times, the second largest investment one will make, as Dean Ruskin says, “If you deal with the lowest bidder, you’re well to add something for the risk you run……and when you do that, you can afford something better!” That is, of course, a Dominion Pool.

When is the best time to install a pool?

Dominion Pools builds pools year-round, regardless of the weather. However, the best time to build a swimming pool is in the fall before spring and summer. This allows you to have your pool and surrounding landscaping done by the first day of spring providing you and your family a full season of fun!

How long does it take to build a pool?

Depending on the season, it takes approximately 8-12 weeks from the time excavation of the pool begins. This could also be affected by the “scale” of the job……..larger, more complex jobs with a lot of detail, can take longer.

Over 30 plus years of pool building experience and over 4,000 swimming pools, spas and water features built.