With more and more families flocking to the Sunshine State to bask in outdoor living, new in-ground pool construction is on the rise. In the last year, new pool starts have increased exponentially as homeowners search for ways to include outdoor activities and family fun into their daily routine. According to a recent analysis by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, in-ground residential pools increased by 21% in 2020, while Florida permits for in-ground pools were on the rise by up to 30%. In addition, realtors have seen pools become a significant selling point for new residential properties.
Many homeowners may wonder if they should set out to build their family pool before closing on a new construction home or after. Between waiting lists, construction time, and cost, there are many benefits to undergoing pool construction while your home is being built. Looking to move into your new MasterCraft home and be able to do cannonballs on move-in day? We’ve got you covered.
Add a Pool to Your MasterCraft Home
About 50% of MasterCraft homeowners choose to build a pool while the house is under construction, and there is a huge benefit to this. With the increase in demand, the average start time to build a pool post-closing is about a year-long waitlist in St. Johns County, along with construction time and unexpected delays.
As the only pool company in Northeast Florida that can build a pool while your MasterCraft home is under construction, our sister company, Premier Pools and Outdoor Living, works to get ahead of this demand by starting the process as early as possible. With a focus solely on MasterCraft homes, the process is simple, streamlined, and efficient. “Our team works on getting plans finalized before the build even begins, so we are prepared to move forward with ease,” explains Brad Shee, Co-Owner of Premier Pools and Outdoor Living and President of MasterCraft Builder Group. “When you build with us, you’ll enjoy an included warranty as well as high-quality tools and expert craftsmanship.”
In addition, when you choose to undergo both projects simultaneously, you’ll be able to skip the waitlist, avoid construction delays, and won’t have to live through the build-out, which can last up to 90 days. “Having people in and out of your backyard throughout this process can be exhausting,” explains Shee. “It’s difficult for families to live alongside noise, dirt, and construction and it can be a huge distraction. That’s why our team works diligently to complete the project from day one so you can start to relax the moment we hand you the keys.”
Aside from the construction, one of the most significant benefits of building a pool before closing is the overall cost. When you choose to build post-closing, the project becomes more expensive because the work is being done twice. “You have to factor in the price of tearing up the designated area, re-piping the irrigation, and redoing the landscaping,” explains Shee. “In addition, when you build your pool after closing, you have to pay for the project out-of-pocket. Whereas if you complete the project alongside your home construction, you’ll be able to factor the price into your mortgage.” This is a huge benefit for homeowners who might not have the funds to pay for the pool upfront.
Almost every one of our MasterCraft floorplans and homesites offers ample space to build the pool you’ve always wanted. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, we can fit a pool into the backyard,” says Shee. “We may need to get a little creative, but that’s what we’re here for.” At MasterCraft, we want you and your family to have the home of your dreams, both inside and out. That’s why our company works efficiently to provide you with cost savings and expert craftsmanship so you can bask in true Florida living.