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The following drawings and text are copied directly from DEB Design Pool Plan II
The plan is 88 pages long and contains 87 color photos from the plan project.

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Cover Page
Material List
Pool location
Layout the pool
Excavate and install footing forms
Lay the 1st row of block onto the footings
Install reinforcing bar into the footings
Partially fill the block cavities with concrete
Lay up the remainder of the block wall
Install the pool step assembly
Install the skimmer
Install the light niche
Install the return fittings
Install the rope anchors
Install hose to the inlets and skimmer
Install the corner forms
Fill the block cavities with concrete
Pour a concrete bond beam
Mark the liner coordinates
Excavate the deep end
Install the main drain
Install the plumbing
Install liner profile markers
Install the coping
Install the liner backing
Install the pool bottom
Install the liner
Fill the pool
Finish up
Install the deck
Frequently Asked Questions
Pool Care instructions


There is something about a swimming pool that appeals to most people, whether it be children, who will spend all their summer vacation swimming under a hot sun, or adults who prefer to lounge at pool side, watching their youngsters have a wonderful, summer’s afternoon. It isn’t hard to imagine the enjoyment, that would come from having one’s own pool in the backyard. Round and oval above ground pools are, affordable, very popular, and satisfactory for many people. But maybe you would prefer a larger pool, with a shallow end for wading, a deep end for a diving board, or waterslide, but commercial installation price tags, have been holding you up. An alternative is, of course, to build your own, using local materials for the pool walls, specialized equipment from your local pool dealer or DEB Design, and step-by-step construction plans, with which to put it all together. By building your own, you'll be able to have a beautiful, professional looking pool, for half to two thirds of what a professional installer would charge. This project cold also be done in phases, as time and money permit. The pool features are:

18’5" wide by 36’8" long with an 8’ hopper style deep end
A 4’ by 8’ fiberglass pool entry step assembly
A hard, flat, and attractive pool bottom
A beautiful 20 millimeter thick custom liner
Aluminum liner track (not plastic) that accepts lumber, or concrete decking
A main drain
A skimmer
A high capacity sand filter
An automatic chlorinator
Dual return water lines

Initially, you could be intimidated by this project. After becoming familiar with the steps,though, you won't be. This plan will guide you through, from start to finish as you construct what could be, one of your most enjoyable and rewarding projects, ever.

Material List

The following components will be available at your local building supply center:
34 pcs. 1/2"x 20’ concrete reinforcement bar
306 pcs. of 8"x8"x16" cement block
204 pcs. of 8"x8"x16" cement block with rebar notches
12 pcs. 90# bags of Portland cement (for small on-site cement batches)
1 load (6 yds minimum) aggregate/sand mix for concrete (for small on-site cement batches)
12 yds. mason sand for the pool bottom
18 pcs. 90# bags of Portland cement (for the pool bottom)
Miscellaneous 1-1/2" PVC pipe and fittings

The following components are available at your local swimming pool dealer or can be obtained through DEB Design:
100 ft. 1/8"x 4’ foam liner backing
110 ft. aluminum cove molding
1 pc. main drain
1 pc. liner
1 pc. pool pump
1 pc. pool filter
2 pcs. return fittings
1 pc. automatic chlorinator
1 pc. safety rope assembly
2 pcs. safety rope anchor fittings
1 pc. skimmer assembly
1 pc. fiberglass pool step assembly
1 pc. light niche
1 pc. pool light
1 pc. multi port valve
250’ flexible PVC hose

Pool Location

Perhaps you already have an idea of where you would like to install your new pool, and what it’s elevation should be. And maybe you’re doing this project in steps, like I did, with the pool going in this year, and the deck, diving board, waterslide, changing rooms, etc, later, as funding allows. This pool plan will yield a pool that measures 18’ 5" wide by 36’8" long with an 8’ deep end. Your own pool could be built to what ever size, or design you prefer, using the same construction methods. My family and I have found, though, that this size works out quite well. One element that is essential is to plan for future expansion. Having a long range plan will help reduce the possibility of oversights, if future building elements are added, such as changing rooms, equipment storage room, sauna, spa, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

How much did it cost you to build the basic pool as shown?
Approximately $8000.00 excluding the deck, diving board, water slide, entry step handrails, and heater. This will vary, depending upon your local building material prices, but will be favorably impacted, if you have access to a "bobcat" and/or backhoe, and can do most of the project yourself. I had to contract some of the work which is included in the afore mentioned price. This also includes the cost of the pool component kit listed below.
How long did it take you to build the pool?
We started the pool at the beginning of July, and finished it in the end of August. I think one should plan on a 2 months of weekends, and week nights to complete it at an enjoyable pace.
Can you provide an overview of how the pool from your plans is built?
The pool walls are made with concrete block The pool floor is made using a wet portland cement and sand mixture that is trowled onto the ground. The liner is installed into the coping and all wrinkles removed using shop vacs. The pool is then filled with water. The weight of the water compacts the base which hardens in a couple days. The coping is made from aluminum and is available for pools with either a concrete or wood deck surround. The construction techniques specified in this plan can be used for any size pool. All that changes are the wall dimensions, and the bottom profile. The advantage of this type of installation is primarily economic, since all of the construction can be done by average do-it-yourselfers. This plan is an exact replica of a commercial in-ground version, except instead of using expensive galvanized steel walls, concrete block is used instead. The result is a beautiful, professional looking pool that can typically be built for 1/3 to 1/2 of what a commercial installation would cost.

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