Looking for pool builder recommendations

lindahildrethFebruary 8, 2013

We are just now starting our search for good reputable pool builders..we live in Cypress, Tx. We want a contemporary style pool, which seems a little harder to find a PB with these type of pools on their sites. Has anyone used any of the following PB? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Texas Pools
Hamilton-Steele
The Pool Man
Paragon Pools
Custom Outdoors

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cbink

Hi! We're also looking at a contemporary style pool in the Cypess area. A Link to a thread is at the bottom of this message

We're having a similar dilemma to you trying to find someone that specializes in contemporary designs.

Of the builder's you've listed I know the Pool Man has a very good reputation locally. Other names that appear to be coming up consistently as good builders are:

Cypress Custom Pools
Best Backyard Pools
Atlantis Pools
Hipp Pools
Perry Pools

Cypress Custom Pools and Best Backyard pools both have some more contemporary pools on their websites but like I said all the names above seem to have a really good reputation round here

Hope that helps a little, sorry i can't give my personal experience as we're in the same phase as you and have just started looking at the moment.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cypress Contemporary pool thread

This post was edited by cbink on Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 14:10

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 10:47AM
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goastros

Welcome lindahildreth,
As you can see from the other thread, cbink & I are also in the same boat and in Cypress.
I am on Spring cypress+barkercypress.
I have browsed this forum for past few days and have found that people here on the forum have been happy with
Atlantis Pool ( Kelly - huskyrider )
Best Backyard ( womanowned )
Hipp Pools.

Both you & cbink are welcoem to e-mail me anytime thru the forum.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 2:06PM
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lindahildreth

Thanks cbink and goestros! I will look into the websites from some of the PB's above. Please let me know if you guys decide on someone...

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 10:56PM
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cbink

Hi Linda,

Have you come to any decisions on this? I met Custom Outdoors at the Cy-Fair home & garden show and they seem to build nice pools. Hard to find much in terms of reviews of them though.

I think it's going on the back burner for me until this time next year, so that it can be a cash (or at least majority cash) purchase.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:18AM
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lindahildreth

No luck so far. I've spoken to Paragon pools, but still waiting to see what design they come up with. They've been really busy. I've also had the pool man come out and custom outdoors as well.

We are very visual, so whoever comes up with the best design will probably get our business. Hoping to see something that meets are needs soon so that we can get the ball rolling before summer gets here! Have you had anyone come out to your home?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:13PM
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cbink

Not yet. We have been spending a lot of time researching as we'd like to coordinate the whole landscaping process, even if we don't get it all done at once. I've spoken to a few but not had anyone come out yet as I think it's going to be a 2014 project now.

We have a blank canvas (1/3rd acre lot, nothing but grass, no trees, shrubs, anything...) and want to add an outdoor kitchen, pool and landscaping so I hear you on the visualization. The pool is the priority but we want to plan ahead so the plumbing, electrics etc are taken care of when the pool is put in so that we don't end up having to rip up decking etc and so that we know that the final yard will be functional and look good.

Have you come across pool studio? It seems a fair few companies use it to provide the 3D representations you see. The demo version is free but you can't save. It's $95/month to lease. I'm pretty handy with drawings so I've picked it up quite quickly. It's been really useful to us to visualize the space. I'm just running the demo.

EDIT: I've attached a youtube link to a pool studio presentation

Here is a link that might be useful: Pool Studio presentation on youtube

This post was edited by cbink on Wed, Feb 27, 13 at 13:40

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 10:55AM
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jacksonbird03

Hello...
whatever suggestion you get and what suggestions you are using share your experience here...

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 5:31AM
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lindahildreth

So after waiting 3 weeks, paragon pools have called and are backed up. Really disappointed to wait that long to come and find out they are too busy and to me seems like they had no intentions of working with us. Too busy for a cash deal $75-80k! On to the next pool builders!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 11:45PM
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Cypress214

My neighbor used Suncor for his pool and they did a good job. I used Atlantis Pools for mine but was also very impressed with David at Perry Pools. Mine is a lagoon style pool but I'm sure all 3 can build what you want.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:42PM
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womanowned

Just a mention for those of you looking for a PB to handle the building of your pool plus the landscaping and other outdoor structures, you are likely paying a lot more than you need to. In my case, when I am building pool projects, my clients are encouraged to hire professional landscapers and those who specialize in outdoor kitchens, pergolas, etc. When I handle all of the aspects, there is a mark-up for me to be the middle man. Why pay me to be involved? Just a thought

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 8:24PM
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travis_turner

It's been a while since I've been on the forum. Good to see a lot of the same people here. We used Kelly Simpson with Atlantis Pools out of Magnolia. After he built our pool, he's built several other pools for friends of ours and have heard nothing but good things from them as well. Anyone heard from huskyridor lately?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 11:43PM
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denaw

We are in the process now of haveing a pool and an outdoor kitchen put in, both by our PB. Our PB is Regal Pools in the Woodlands. They shot the gunite yesterday and I absolutely Love everything they have done so far. On top of doing great work the PB's are absolutely Wonderful to work with! You can see my pool build progression on my post.
Dena

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 3:25PM
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lindahildreth

Hi travis...do you mind if I ask if your pool was free form or geometric? Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 6:04AM
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Cypress3

After researching on this site for months and getting quotes from PB's recommended on this site I picked Kathy Best of Best Backyard Pools. She did an excellent job. If you want someone who replies same day, often within minutes, uses top of the line equipment ( Pentair) and completes your pool within a month due to efficient scheduling chose Best Backyard pools.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 6:20AM
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chatterbox724

@travis turner...I'm using Kelly @ Atlantis Pools currently. I asked him why he doesn't frequent these forums anymore and he stated he keeps getting kicked off for "spamming." I think he got tired of having to re-create his username. Anyhow - he's alive and kicking. We are happy so far with them as a PB. Great design and very competitive pricing.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 3:48PM
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cbink

Linda, did you move forward on this in the end?
I have also come across Marquise pools and looked round one in our neighborhood just yesterday in fact. I think they build more within the loop but their pools are very nice and the pool I had a look around was one of the nicest pools I have seen. The owner was very friendly and is very happy with the pool. They did drop a lot of money on it though and it really shows as it's beautifully finished.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 11:57AM
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travis_turner

Good to hear Kelly is still out there. Too bad about the forum. It's not nearly as good without him here.

Linda...freeform. I will try to remember how to post a pic.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 9:17PM
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travis_turner

Let's try this...

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 11:10PM
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cbink

Did you manage to find a PB/design that you like?
I ended up going forward with Grand Isle Pools as he presented a great design, was very friendly and open to our requirements and appears to build good pools (we went a saw a good few pools he has built, plus there are a couple in our neighborhood that we know the owners of and were able to speak to them freely about the whole process).

Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 9:59AM
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