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Inground Pool with rock waterfall and jacuzzi


Homeowners around the greater Chicagoland area often install in-ground pools on their property as a way to increase appeal for your home and foster opportunities for priceless moments with family and friends. From watching your children play together for hours to enjoying a cool drink with loved ones on a warm summer night, having a luxury pool will allow you to enjoy your home even more.

Whether you are looking to build a brand new pool or to rejuvenate your current one, Quantus Pools has the right team to help you with your simple to complex plans. All projects start with finding out about you and your construction desires. Then our designers will come up with a plan and design or enhancement to match your creativity. After you approve your plan, our experienced team does the rest. We’ve handpicked our employees, some from outside the industry, to set a higher standard for all construction projects. Quantus employees participate in industry training and seminars on a regular basis to maintain their edge. Since we’ve been in business, we’ve raised our customer’s standards and expectations by using new cutting-edge construction techniques and by providing the latest pool technologies available. It all makes your swimming pool more worthwhile and enjoyable!

New Concrete Pool Construction Phases

If you are looking for new construction to build an in-ground pool or enhance your backyard with a spa or waterfall, you need a team you can rely on and trust. All in-ground pools, spas, and hardscapes are custom made to your specific needs and wants in a cost-effective manner with many options available. We specialize in gunite pools (concrete pools) designed in all shapes and sizes. Our team of designers would be happy to provide you with a custom pool plan that works best for your situation along with an in-home estimate. We also offer vinyl liner and fiberglass pool installations!

Quantus Pools makes the swimming pool construction process easy for any homeowner. Continue reading to understand the steps to building an in-ground pool.

Design: Before we get to work on the in-ground pool installation process, we'll collaborate with you to develop a personalized design that fits your property. Quantus Pools uses a gunite mixture to build pools, enhancing our creative range in developing pool designs.


Our staff will meet with you to discuss your needs, design ideas and budgetary constraints to ensure your satisfaction with the project's direction and finished result. We'll provide 3D conceptual sketches and allow ample opportunity to relay your feedback.


Are you having trouble coming up with the perfect idea? Don't worry — browse our swimming pool designs to find a style that piques your interest.


After your consultation, the Quantus Pools design team will prepare in-depth concept drawings using the latest 3D design software. This way, you'll have a good idea of how your pool will look relative to the rest of your property before we break ground.

Permitting: This is a question many people may ask themselves when planning alterations to their home. Some homeowners are finding when they try to sell or refinance their home, prospective buyers or lending institutions want proof that alterations are in compliance with local codes. Without a permit and inspection on record, there is no proof. The homeowners would then need to apply for a permit and verify that the existing alteration is up to code. If it is not, this could cause delays in selling their home.

In some jurisdictions, un-permitted alterations can be subject to pretty hefty fines. Permits not only show record of compliance but also give peace of mind that the alteration follows certain standards that protect consumers. Timelines for permits can vary by quite a bit depending on your local municipality. They can range from one week to two months depending on their requirements with just as much variation in their price. Some permits are a couple hundred dollars while others are several thousand. It’s important that your builder has an experienced permitting staff since they can be the largest source of delays for your pool project. From the permitting office down to the front line laborers, all of them must be educated in building codes to ensure there are no delays.


Excavation: After permit has been received, we move onto the dig. Some factors that can impact the cost of your excavation can be:

Type of soil: If your soil cannot hold structure, this can lead to additional costs since this would be considered abnormal. We always recommend getting a soil sample done to know your costs upfront. Ask your builder if this is included in the contract. Depth and Size: The deeper the pool is, the more loads of spoils your builder will have to remove which increases number of truck loads and labor hours required to get your pool excavated.


Location of dump sites: Truck drivers are paid by the hour. The longer it takes them to get to the dump site, the more it costs per load


Dump site fees: There can be a huge variance in dump site fees from $30 to over a $100.

Access: Good access will allow the trucks to get close to the pool to minimize trip time. Poor access can lead to higher labor costs as well as increased trucking fees.

Steel: Once the pool is dug, rebar is laid out to reinforce the impending shotcrete shoot. This typically takes 1 to 2 days depending on how complicated your pool is

Rough Plumbing: After the steel phase, the plumbing is laid out. This plumbing will manage the circulation of the pool. Some items that can impact the cost of the rough plumbing are:

Location of equipment pad: If the customer wants it far away from the pool, this increases the distance and amount of material required to get your pool plumbed.

Location of utilities: Everything that the pool needs to operate requires electricity (and gas if you have a heater). Depending on the source of this can add additional costs.

Size of plumbing:The hydraulic requirements for your pool will determine the size of pipe required for proper circulation.


Shotcrete: Shotcrete refers to the type of concrete mix as well as the application. Before shotcrete is applied, forms are made to the specifications of the pool. Forms act as guides for the shotcrete operator to ensure the proper shape is achieved. Some factors that can impact the cost of the shotcrete phase are:

Time of year: During the winter months, the price of shotcrete can go up significantly.

Wall thickness: Your climate will dictate how thick your walls need to be shot. Warmer climates can have much thinner walls while cooler climates require thicker walls.

Tile: After the pool has been shot, waterline tile is installed. As with any finish, the quality of the material will drive the price. A lot of prep work can be avoided if the pool is shot correctly.

Coping: Coping is installed after the tile. Once again, the type of finish you choose will be the prime driver of price.

Plaster: Plaster application is typically a 3-day process. There is prep, application and wash. There are several different types of pool plaster and you should be aware that plaster can have a huge range of price options with the most expensive option being triple the price of your cheapest option per bag.

White marble plaster: This is your cheapest option and is your basic white plaster.

Quartz plaster: This is your white marble plaster with quartz added to it for enhanced durability. Quartz is available in a wide range of colors.

Exposed / large aggregate plaster: This is also known as pebble plaster. It is quartz plaster mixed with large aggregates to give it a natural feel. An additional option is to add glass beads for added sparkle.

Equipment Installation and Startup: The equipment pad is typically installed last but really can be done right after the pool is shot. The number of water features, size of pool and quality of equipment can greatly impact price.



New Concrete Pool Construction Timing

It can be up to 8-weeks to complete after permits have been acquired. Since all of our pools are unique to the customer’s backyard, a more accurate time schedule can be submitted once the design is complete. Seasonal changes, availability of materials, equipment, weather, inspections and work performed by buyer (and applicable sub-contractors) are all factors that can impact the project schedule.


We stand by all of our work, making us the better choice


The Quantus Pools team will perform any warranty work for qualifying products we sell and install.


Pool Equipment

3-Year Warranty

Pool Shell

20-Year Warranty

Pool Plaster

Up to 10-Year Warranty

Pool Tiles

5-Year Warranty

How Long Will My New Pool Last?


With attentive installation and thorough maintenance throughout the pool's life span, homeowners can expect their gunite pool to last 20 years or more. We regularly see gunite pools that are well over 40 years old. All swimming pools require consistent cleaning throughout the season and resurfacing approximately every 10-15 years. To maximize your pool's longevity, schedule regular maintenance from our qualified crew.

Why Choose Quantus Pools for an In-Ground Pool Installation?

Working with a professional team to complete your swimming pool construction process will help ensure your pool lasts with minimal need for repairs. The Quantus Pools team is one of Chicago's most experienced installation crews, and we're ready to help homeowners from start to finish. We'll work with you to design and install the perfect luxury in-ground pool for your property. When you choose Quantus Pools, you can benefit from:

  • Experienced professionals. Quantus Pools is led by our founders, Jay and Skip, who have been in the industry since 1989. Backed by a team of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-certified technicians, we'll design and build a pool you're sure to love. 

  • Competitive pricing. We're proud to offer great rates on efficient, thorough pool construction services. Count on Quantus Pools for the greatest value every time. 

  • Dependable warranties. Many of the products we use to construct luxury pools carry warranties. Our crew will perform warranty work for any qualifying product we install. 

  • Reliable support. After your build, our crew is available for repairs and regular maintenance to keep your pool in working order. Our call center is ready day or night to troubleshoot any issue until we can send a team to your home.

Inground Pool with diving board and patio


Quantus Pools is here to make the gunite pool construction process easy for Illinois residents. To help you determine what your project might look like, simply use our pool builder to tell us about your vision.

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