Narrow / Limited Access for Excavation - How Much Extra?
Hi everyone. Longtime lurker, first-time poster here. I live in Peoria AZ (outside of Phoenix), and my wife & I will begin soliciting estimates from up to 3 pool builders over the next couple weeks.
One thing that we will certainly have to contend with is limited access to our property for excavation. I know we will have to pay extra for this, but I'm hoping someone can give me an idea of approximately how much more we should expect, so we aren't A) blindsided, and B) taken advantage of.
Pardon the length of what follows, but I figured I�d give some supporting details in case they are helpful:
>>> We�d be looking to install a "standard" 3 -> 5ft play pool, probably no more than 80� perimeter. For simplicity�s sake, let�s assume about 1800 cubic feet (600 yd^3) of excavation.
>>> Our property is fenced in by concrete block, save for the south which is an wrought-iron "view fence." The only open access is through a small (46") gate on the West side of the house that leads down a similarly narrow (54") pathway that stretches about 50' from the driveway in the front to the back yard where our pool will be built
>>> On the opposite (East) side of the front of the house, there is a 10-ft block fence that could potentially be removed, though we�d likely have to also remove some landscaping. However, the effective pathway to the back of the yard from this entry would only be about 72", as we have a couple AC units back there that take up decent chunk of space.
>>> Our HOA is pretty strict. Even though we have no neighbors to the West and to the South (both are open "desert wash" areas where potentially a dump truck or excavator could access our yard rather easily via an existing maintence pathway, and by removing a portion of the fence, by rule, we are only allowed to have access through the front of our yard, so the above two options are basically it, as far as I gather.
>>> Our back yard itself is about 28x60, entirely empty and ready for digging I�m not expecting tons in terms of caliche (a "hard dig" situation) or especially large boulders since our rear lot is sitting on about 4 ft of crappy fill dirt. Our neighbors who�ve put in pools haven�t had issues with the dig itself, but they haven�t had "narrow access" to contend with either� so, right now, I�m mostly concerned about the those specific fees.
>>> Finally, dirt removal *might* be expedited somewhat if we can convince the HOA to allow only the dump truck in the wash where he could easily back up to the property, and the micro-backhoe could fill it over the rear wrought-iron "view fence" is about 5ft high. (Since our lot is raised some from the wash, the top of the fence is about 8 ft from the ground behind the yard.) I'm only throwing in this variable incase it might potentially impact (lessen) the cost. Otherwise, I�m assuming we�ll need to use the standard method of employing a conveyor to get the dirt to a dump truck waiting on the driveway in the front.
Anyway, how much do you think the narrow access will tack on to the cost? Hoping to hear from someone who�s been involved with a similar narrow access situation.