If you’re here, it’s probably because you’re like us and you’ve dreamed of having a pool for a long time. There’s a reason a swimming pool is an iconic symbol for relaxation, quality time, and status. It’s the ultimate place to bring loved ones and when it comes to throwing a party, there’s no setting that can compete.

But which pool is right for you and what steps do you need to take to make your backyard dream come true? We created this Build a Pool Guide to help you through the steps of pool ownership. Here at markimswimmingpool.com we will walk you through every step, from designing your perfect pool, to finding a builder, to pool care, safety, and more. So, let’s get started!

Choose a Pool Type

The first step in your journey is to decide what kind of pool is right for you. Your budget, lifestyle, landscape, available space, and personal taste will all play a part in whether an inground or above ground pool is the best fit. If you’ve already made up your mind, we will explore all the accessories and features that make your pool unique in step two.

See Our In-Depth Comparison of Pool Types


Accessories and Features

In addition to thinking about bigger-picture decisions like shape, size, and depth, you’ll also need to consider the overall appearance and function you want from your new swimming pool. There are near endless possibilities to upgrade your pool from surface and decking, to fire and water features, to outdoor kitchens , lights, and more. Once you’ve selected your must-have add-ons, you’re ready to find a reputable builder.

See Our List of Must-Have Features and Accessories


Excavate and Build

After preparing your pool plan, the real show begins. It’s time to start digging and so you can bring your backyard paradise to life! Here are the steps to the pool construction process:

Excavation – Digging the hole in the ground

Steel Work, Plumbing, and Electrical – Installing the power and water lines

Installing the Concrete, Fiberglass, or Vinyl Shell

Building the decking, finish, custom features, and landscaping

Filling the pool, adding chemicals, and mechanical start-up


View Our Detailed Guide to Pool Excavation and Installation