Swimming Pools in France - Custom Concept and Rapid Installation - Save up to 50% on Any Luxury Pool
We have been building small cheap pools, large luxury pools, infinity pools and natural pools in France since 2004 and so we do know what we are talking about!
We now believe that the Self-Builder route is the best way to get a pool installed in the current economic climate where every pound must be made to count. This is not DIY - the pool installation contractor is simply replaced by Bluepools and a local builder that you trust - or you can even DIY the pool type that we recommend below!
So if you want to avoid the Risk involved in using a French based Pool Installation Contractor then this webpage will be the most Important one that you will ever read
Bluepools originally operated from Jonzac in Charente-Maritime in France before Will Witt moved back to the UK in early 2013 (we still have the office in France for the work over there).
Between 2004 and 2012 Bluepools installed nearly 100 pools in South West France as pool installation contractors - we were so busy during 2007 that we had 3 pool installation teams on the go!
Since the recession it has become impossible to maintain the resources required to provide a full pool installation service and so we have changed the way that we operate as described in this website.
What can go wrong with pool installation in France?
In a word - just about anything - here are some typical quotes that I have heard in the last 10 years:-
“The pool filtration system was undersized ….the dirty pool water made all the kids ill when it was hot last summer”
“We bought a panel pool kit that cost a lot…. We had to empty the pool this spring and one of the long walls has moved about 2 inches into the pool…. I’m worried that it is going to collapse”
“We used a one man band pool firm …….He started in March, took 8 months to build it! … and so we could not use the pool until the next year”
“The digger driver just turned up and dug the hole without any drawings ….. We ended up with a pool where the rain water from the lawn drains into it – and the algae growth in the pool is incredible whenever it rains”
“We never had any drawings of the pool…Just an Estimate …And the Roman Steps were half the size that we were promised by the salesman!”
“We did not have any contract documents … just a hand written Estimate ….when they hit ground water problems the final amount that we paid was over 2 x the Original Estimate”
“We paid him 10,000 Euros up front …..And we have now had a big hole in the garden as well as a great mountain of dirt ….for over a year ….he has just disappeared!
What is the best type of Swimming Pool to install in France?
Most peoples requirements for a holiday home pool would include the following:-
- It must be as cheap as possible but last at least 20 years
- It must be very attractive and inviting in appearance with sparkling water
- The risk of being ripped off by a pool installation contractor must be avoided at all costs
- It must be easy and straightforward to build using the Bluepools Self-Builder route
The best type of pool to achieve the above objectives is a timber pool with a vinyl liner as shown in the following sketch - just click on it for a bigger image.
The timber pool can be a kit as shown here
Bluepools can design a bespoke wooden structure pool of any size or shape to suit your exact requirements.
You might be wondering how long wooden pools like these will last.
All the wooden pool kits that Bluepools supplies come with 10 year guarantees but the fact is that if none of the timber is buried in the ground as shown on the sketch above the pool will virtually last forever.
There was a well known pool installation contractor based in Surry that used to specialise in wooden swimming pools for schools in the 1950's. Quite a few of these were still being used 30 years after they were installed.
The other advantage of wooden pools is that they can be removed for very little cost - unlike concrete pools that are a very permanent installation!
In France every permanent pool installation has to have the Declaration Préalable documentation - but this does not apply to temporary installation. You should check this with your Local Mairie but it is quite likely that this will not be required for your wooden pool.
If it is required Bluepools can prepare and submit the documentation on your behalf - the fee is reduced to £750 if you buy a pool kit as shown here