Process For Building Your New Swimming Pool

First of all, we would like to thank you for choosing Utopia Pools, LLC. as your builder for the construction of your new pool.  This is just a quick run down of what you should expect during the building process.  View pictures of an actual construction project.


This is the standard “order of go”:

Permit – Permits will be submitted immediately.  Permits take 1 day to 6 weeks, depending on what city you live in as well as workloads of each city.

Layout – The pool will be painted on the ground a day or so before it’s scheduled to be dug.

Excavation – 1 or 2 days, depending on the difficulty of the dig.  Hard/rock digs can take much more time as well as result in a surcharge.

Plumbing & Gas line – 1 – 3 days.  (Propane tanks can be set anytime after this phase)

Steel – 1 – 2 days

Electric – 1 – 2 days

PreGunite inspection – A representative of your city/town will come out to inspect the plumbing, electric, & steel work on your pool.  Please make sure your permit is posted on the day we notify you of the inspection.  You do not need to be home on this day, but the inspector must have access to the back yard.

Gunite – 1 day.  This phase will be scheduled as soon as the pre-gunite inspection has passed.  Once the gunite has been applied the pool must be watered down to help the curing process and to avoid cracking (as the homeowner this is your responsibility).  Please water your pool down  3 – 4 times a day for 20 minutes at a time, for 3 days.  You may set up a sprinkler if you like.

We will need your decking color, tile choice, & pebble color very soon.  This is a good time to start picking those items.   Please pick at least two tile choices.

Waterfalls/Rockwork/Water Features – 1 day to approx. 2 weeks, depending on the volume of work & the availability of rocks and/or other building materials.

Decking – The time frame on decking ultimately depends on the material you choose and the size of the deck.  Most decking materials take a minimum of 5 days to set up and finish, but the process can run up to 2 weeks if the projects scope is larger than normal.

Tile – 1 – 2 days.

Fencing/Gates/Locks – 1 – 3 days, depending on the extent of the work.  All backdoor locks & fencing must be to city standards to pass pre-plaster inspection.  If needed, we will refer you to a company to apply locks that meet the city code.

Pre-Plaster/Pebble Inspection – This is the final inspection by your city.  Please make sure your permit is posted, and that someone can be home to meet the inspector the day of the inspection.  (The inspector has to see the inside of your doors).  Gilbert residents or those customers with a perimeter pool fence do not have to be home the day of the pre-plaster inspection.  *We must have your final payment including any addendums in our office at this time. 

Clean up – 1 day.  Pool interior is cleaned and prepped for plaster/pebble.  Construction trash & debris hauled away.

In-floor heads – If the pool has an in-floor system, the plumber will come out prior to plaster to set the in-floor heads.

Pebble – 2 days.  The first day to apply pebble surface, and the second to acid wash the pool & start filling it.

Plaster – 1 day.  Plaster is applied, and pool is filled immediately.  Do not stop filling until pool is full.

Start up – Please call us once the water is halfway up the tile to schedule a start up, and demo on how to use your new pool.


Due to situations out of our control construction schedules can change from day to day, but these changes are taken into consideration of your total build time & generally do not effect the completion date of your pool.



Payments are due at specific phases in construction per your contract.

The payment schedule goes as follows:

A down payment of no more than $999.00 at the time of signing the contract, with the balance to be split into the following payments:

30% at time of excavation

30% at time of gunite

30% at time of deck

10% prior to plaster/pebble *