First time pool buyer

tnicholasMarch 5, 2012

We are reviewing proposals from pool builders in North Texas and quite honestly are a little surprised at how expensive the pools are. This is our first experience with building a pool so my only "experience" is reading this board. I'm concerned the contractor may be taking advantage of our inexperience? I would really appreciate your honest opinion and suggestions on the proposal.


- Pool

- Zero edge interior spa

- (3) water features


DEPTH: 3.5' - 5'


STEEL: (4) No 5's continuous in perimeter; No. 4's at 6" on center each way throughout

GUNITE: (7) sack gunite mix


- 4000 Series Pentair DE filtration system

- 3 hp/INTELLI FLO Pentair pump

- Cleaner POLARIS 280 with 3/4 hp pump motor

- 400,000 BTU Pentair heater

- Indoor controls


- coping is 12" stone coping

- $4.50 sq. ft. waterline tole allowance

- pebbletec or equivalent interior finish

- deck textured concrete


- 15X15


Optional (14) Piers 12" diameter concrete piers reinforced with (4) No 5 bars caged w/stirrups drilled to 20' $6,000.00

TOTAL $87,000.00

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You might want to try and get a few more bids and see how much they are??

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:48PM
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I'm in North Texas and that bid doesn't seem all that high. I do agree with txcajun that you should get another bid though, my opinion is that anytime you are spending more than about $10K always get at least two bids.

What are your three water features? Just wondering since I only see the 1 Intelliflo and no additional pumps for water features.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 7:26PM
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Where are you located in North Texas? We are east of Dallas (Rockwall area) and I can recommend some pool builders in this area for you to contact. We are having a pool built for $45,300...with the following specs: 35'x16' pool, depth of pool 3 1/2' to 5', pool area 595 sq. ft, perimeter 108', level spa 7'x8', 40 linear ft. of boulders on back side w/water fall and water weepers, Diamond Brite plaster, LED pool light and spa light, Pentair equipment incl. Pentail Easy Touch wireless electronic controls, in-line chlorinator, flagstone coping, 490' handseeded aggregate decking, and 72'x18" millsap retaining wall. Highly recommended pool builder in this area.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 4:28PM
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