Houston Swimming Pool Build 2012

maddiesmommaAugust 7, 2012

Hi all

I've lingered on this website for the past few months. We are now in the stage of finally getting some estimates for a swimming pool in our backyard. We live on the NE side of Houston on Lake Houston. We are looking for a basic swimming pool (no frills, no spa, etc) just basic! We are looking at a budget of of 30K (preferably under) After reading these forums, it looked like it was possible but now not so much! We have tried the following Companies:

Premier Pools-estimate in May-no response received. Called and emailed twice, never received estimate.

Platinum Pools-no response received. Called once, no estimate received. Did receive a thank you note,and they wanted our business, but no response or estimate received.

Alantis Pools-from the recommendations on this site. Called, setup an estimate date, but received a text message from them that with our budget, they did not think we were worth their time or ours to come out. I appreciate the honesty...but WTF!?

Picasso Pools--LOVED them! Basic Pool, no frills, no spa, but estimate came in over 38K? This does not include another 2k for tree removal and 2K for sprinkler reroute. So this is about 42K for the most basic pool they have. I was so impressed with them and their professionalism, and would love to use them, just the price seemed so high! It seems like others on here are getting pools and spas and other features for around 45K. Again, we are looking for just a basic pool.

Are we asking for too much? Is this common in the Houston area? Do you recommend anyone else? We are having Backyard Amenities come out in a few weeks for another estimate. We do have a utility easement in the back and a slight slope. I just do not understand why no response, just be honest. If you have someone that you recommend that builds in the Lake Houston (HumbleLakeshore/Waters Edge area) please let me know. I love these forums.

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I think we all feel that way, but this is simple economics.... it is an unregulated industry, there are a lot of dis-honest PBs out there and the good PBs know it and charge for it. To this day, for what I spent for the pool, I STILL FEEL LIKE I GOT RIPPED OFF!! Unless you build yourself, not sure you ever get over the sticker shock!

If you just want basic, have you looked into fiberglass? That seems to run a bit cheaper and there are some nice shapes...

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 5:47AM
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You could probably find a tree service yourself for the tree removal and save some. Gluing PVC pipe is easy so think about rerouting your sprinklers yourself or, again, find your own person. A landscape company may do both for you.

Since it is getting late in the year anyway, and it is less likely you will be swimming this season, you might get more interest from some of these companies once business slows down. You might get a better deal as well during the fall and be ready to swim next spring. Also my highest bidder came down about 10% when I told them they were the highest and I was going to keep getting bids.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 7:01AM
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There are a lot of factors that go into pricing a pool, maddiesmomma, so you have to be careful you are getting an apples to apples pricing...not apples to oranges. Some builders include more in their basic pricing while others do items as add-ons. Available access to the dig site is one factor that can vary in price. Whether you have an overflow run to the street or not is another. Are they quoting the same equipment? Are they including the same amount of decking around the pool. What material is the decking? Are you wanting a straight line pool or free form? What material do you want for the coping beam? What plaster type? These are just some of the areas that affect the price. It is very hard to get a QUALITY pool built for under $30k, but it can be done if you are willing to go basic and no frills and don't need much walkway or seating area. As to the person who recommended fiberglass to you, that is usually a poor alternative in Houston. Since we fence every yard and homes are situated pretty close together, getting a fiberglass pool in a yard can be something of a nightmare.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:01PM
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I would call Texas Blue Lagoon Pools. They are located in Kingwood. We did a lot of research before settling on a company and had a pool built by them last summer. Everything went very smoothly and I can't say enough about the company. We started out wanting a very basic pool as well, but even with a SWG and Stonescapes finish, and a few other upgrades, we came in just under $30,000. I think my perimeter is around 94'. Of course every build is different, but I would certainly check them out. I will post a pic of my pool when I get a chance. We absolutely love it!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 3:47PM
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Call Precision Pools.. they built our pool last spring and we LOVE it!!! I feel like we got a good, fair price. Construction was a pleasure and the people at Precision are extremely knowledgeable and helpful! Precision Pools 281-265-2774.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 11:34PM
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Hi gprecella! Your pool is very pretty! We live in Lufkin and are in the process of building our pool. I am now trying to decide what color of spray deck. What color is yours? Looks really good.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 3:10PM
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If you can DIY the contracting and pay in cash as each stage is complete, you can do it for $30k in the Houston area. If you need financing, most lenders want a pool contract from a qualified company and you need appraisals and equity which you may not have.

I have done 2 pools myself already and am about to start the 3rd. When I call and get a bid, and tell them I will pay in cash as soon as it is done if the price is right I normally get a good deal and they ALWAYS are free tomorrow at 7:30 am.

Many pool builders who use the same guys pay them weekly or monthly, and many of the subs are not making big money so a bit of extra cash is always appreciated.

It takes some work and know how but there is a lot of info on the web. As mentioned, if you can do even some basic work yourself (landscaping, sprinkler repair, etc) you can save quite a bit.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 9:23AM
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:( I don't know what the color is... I'll see if I can find out and will let you know.

Did you call Precision??

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 10:12PM
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It is possible to get a nice pool for $30k or less in your part of town

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 8:52PM
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