The price of a new above ground kit can cost between $2,000-7,000. The price of a labor and installation can be between $1,000-1,500. With that said, it’s safe to say that the average above ground pool can cost between $3,000-8,500 installed. The average price for an in ground pool can be $22,000. Find the parts and completing the installation yourself can save you thousands and I’m about to show you how.


The key is not an above ground pool or an in ground pool, it’s a combination of both called a semi inground pool. A semi inground pool takes the lower cost above ground pool and seats it about 75% of the way into the ground. After adding a 2′ surrounding deck, you get a look of an inground pool for the price of an above ground pool.

Let’s get started

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Many people have these old aluminum shells that still have a lot of life in them. This one is missing the liner and the filter, which can easily be bought separately. You have a few options at this point. It can remain an above ground pool or you can actually bury it creating a semi inground pool.

To get started you need to check with local building codes and call 811 to identify any underground electrical lines. Then mark out the land compensating for any deck and filter area.

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At this point you can break out the shovels and get to work or hire someone to dig the hole. Since it’s a semi inground pool, it is possible to dig it out by hand. The hole will need to be about 4 feet deep.


Next you’ll have you build a retaining wall and level the floor. You do not want your yard to collapse into the pool. Also you’ll want to leave a gab between the retaining wall and the pool to inspect for leaks and maintain the pool.

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Next you can install the wall as well as the pool liner.

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Fill the pool and remove the wrinkles. Check for leaks and check for proper filter operation.

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The final step is to build a deck to finish the project. This part is really up the the imagination and workable ground. Here is a few final pictures of the deck as well as a few examples of semi inground pool installations.

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The Final Total

Pool Cost: $750
Lumber: $1,500
Chemicals: $150
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Our Final Cost : $2,400
Contractor Estimate: $22,000
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+ Money Saved: $19,600!

Other Examples:

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