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    Hello fellow Austin pool folks-Build underway!

    I too am beginning the pool bidding process. I live in Leander right outside Austin and have begun to meet with builders(only two so far). I was wondering if any of the fellow Austin folks could share their experiences as far as the interview process, who they would recommend etc. I am not sure if we can mention our builders here by name. I don't see why we wouldn't be able to mention them as this is a forum to share and learn from each other, but I will wait to hear the word on that. Anyway any info will help and I have been loving everyone's build threads so far, a lot of great looking pools getting built! I have learned a ton and will post my bids and designs when they come in to get some opinions, thanks!
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    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    some recent one's in Austin...use the search function and peruse thru the most recent build pages and I think you will find several from Austin.
    18x36 vinyl / sport pool 5.5' deep / 1.5hp Tri-Star 2spd / Hayward c3030 325 sqft cartridge / ~15k gal / TF100

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    I think the problem is most people have very similar experiences with pool builders. Each job is different and each builder has good days and bad days. How does the PB get along with you and you with the PB. I think the most important thing in my mind is how does the PB deal with issues? Building a pool is very complicated and difficult. There will be issues.

    With that said there is a couple threads going on from people trying to pick a pool builder. What I would first do is check yelp, BBB, and Angies list for reviews. For BBB check the complaint details to read exactly what happened. It should give you an idea of the problem and how the PB responded to the problem if they did.

    With that said if you PM me I'll go over my experience there. I think the forum frowns on posting negative PB reviews on here. Plus a lot of people are hesitant on recommending PB's because almost every job has issues who knows how it will turn out in the future.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    Also building in Austin! We are narrowing down choices now. Its amazing how people come into your house, meet with you, try to sell you a pool, and then you never hear back from them. You can PM if you want and I'll tell you what we've encountered so far. I'd be interested to hear who you've talked to.
    Just getting started! Inground freeform gunite pool, 17x32, 3.5-5ft depth, SWCG, French Grey mini pebble Stonescapes, NPT Arctic Lagoon glass tile, raised wall with 3 sheers, Polaris robotic cleaner, Cartridge filter, 550 sqft concrete/Kool-dek; Dig to begin 10/2017!

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    You have an above ground pool listed in your SIG. Are you removing the above ground d and going in-ground?
    28k gal/raised spa, IG quartzscape, WhistperFlo 2 speed B2984T,DEV60 filter,Lxi400 NG heater, Polaris 280 cleaner, DIY Chlorine injection, Build completion 7/2013

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    ummgood definitely some good points on dealing with PB's. I agree as with any big project you will have issues, I have built two houses and one pool in the past so I am with you. I guess it was more of what builder people felt got their vision and didn't offer some cookie cutter type of option without putting much time or effort into the design. I will pm you and alliecat if it's ok, thx guys.

    Didn't even notice the SIG JonnyB I need to fix that, I just moved in and have no current pool.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    Quote Originally Posted by Atx1 View Post
    ummgood definitely some good points on dealing with PB's. I agree as with any big project you will have issues, I have built two houses and one pool in the past so I am with you. I guess it was more of what builder people felt got their vision and didn't offer some cookie cutter type of option without putting much time or effort into the design. I will pm you and alliecat if it's ok, thx guys.

    Didn't even notice the SIG JonnyB I need to fix that, I just moved in and have no current pool.
    Feel free to message me. The pool builder I am using was the only one who really listened to what I wanted and didn't do the cookie cutter approach.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    Welcome ATX!

    Plenty of Centex folks around here, so you'll feel right at home.
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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    OK so some time has passed and now we are underway! Here is what we decided to do

    Permits and Plans for Pool & Spa as required
    Gunite Pool 123' Perimeter/ 24' x 33’ / 3.5’to 5’ Depth / 684 sf Surface Area / @ 17,850 gallons
    Spa 5' x 8'' / 3’ Depth / 40 sf surface area, Spa is raised 6", 6ea Waterway adjustable Jets
    Spa 13' Tile spillway (tile allowance $20 sq ft), Deck side face is split-face Travertine
    Hydrotherapy tube for Spa, 8 waterway jets and separate 2hp Pump
    Booster pump for spa with 8 additional Waterway jets and separate 2hp Pump
    Tanning Ledge is 14' x 6' wide, Has star floor with 50 points of light
    13' Water Feature with bench, Raised 18” faced with split face Travertine, 24” Copper Water Scupper
    5' bench shallow end with 4' wide tanning ledge step and 5' pool entry steps
    Rock Excavation for the Pool and Spa Pool
    4000Psi plus Concrete Pool. We included a single curtain of rebar for the Pool and Spa and a double curtain on high stress areas of floor an any portion of the pool that is more than 3' above grade
    No piers, piles or structural beams are included in this bid.
    Water Line tile for Pool and Spa ($20 sq.ft allowance)
    StoneScapes Mini Pebble for Pool and Spa surface, Premium level, includes Abalone shell
    Travertine 3cm Eased Edge Paver for Pool and Spa Coping 16” x 24”, $6 allowance
    Pentair Easy Touch 8 Pool/Spa Combo Control System, Screen logic interface adapter with wireless transmitter for Smart phone and Computer Control
    Pentair Variable Speed Pool and Spa Circulation Pump VS+
    Pentair 520 Cartridge Filter for Pool and Spa
    Pentair Master Temp 400,000 BTU Low NOX Heater, Propane
    Pentair Globrite Pool (4) and Spa (1) lights, low voltage LED Colored lights
    Pentair Legend II pool cleaner with booster pump
    Intermatic 100 Watt Transformers for pool and spa lights
    Delta UV System and Pentair Rainbow 320 inline chlorinator
    Maintenance Equipment – pole, vacuum head, hose, test kit, wall brush, leaf skimmer
    Pool school at completion of Project and Start-Up Chemicals, one month pool service
    Flush Mount Décor Return Fittings, 1-1/2" with 3/4" opening (These fittings are flush with Plaster)
    Pebble Top Covers for Main Drains, Frame & Ring Color TBD 8" AV VGB compliant
    Gas line and hook to heater up by others
    Hookup water ot pol miser automatic water level and electric by Reliant Pools
    Concrete Equipment pad 3’ x 10’ behind pool house, Equipment screen by others
    Pool main drains are estimated to be 60’ from equipment pad and Spa 65’
    1300 sqft concrete deck with Travertine 3cm pavers, includes concrete pump, 2 load of compacted fill, rebar 16” on center with mastic expansion joint. 12 steps in pool area
    13' Water feature raised 18” with 2ea. Raised Pedestals, Magic Streams Colored Laminar's, faced in Split-face Travertine and capped with 3cm Travertine Eased Edge Paver
    18' x 20 Cabana with Cedar Tongue and Groove ceiling, 4 lights, stucco wall 7' tall by 20' wide and 2 ea. Split-face Travertine columns
    18' BBQ island, Split face Travertine on face stucco on back, Leuderstone counter, Equipment by owner
    6' Liner Fire pit, automatic start with glass or lave rock filler, fascia split face Travertine, Travertine cap

    I made the pool slightly larger and a little more decking to around 1400sqft. We are to gunite stage currently and will try to get the progress pics going here. The forum has been great help so far!

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    A link to design

    Modern Swimming Pool Spa Design with Travertine Decks and Large Cabana. - YouTube
    My Build
    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    That's some pool!
    My Pool Build (2015): inground 12K gals gunite/plaster pool, SWG, 2-speed pump, cartridge filter, gas heater, and polaris cleaner (Jandy). TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    I have tried to put some pics up but its so strange, all the pics are posting upside down. Trying to work through this anyone have that problem before? They are not upside down on my computer, just when I insert image.
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    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    Try uploading them to photo bucket and then copy the image tag.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Will do thanks!
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    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks


    Some progress pics











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    And we are at gunite curing stage



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    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Looking great! What is the outbuilding for to the left of the pool? Was that part of your home plan or is it something you had added for a future pool?

    Also what are the 8 pipes coming into the spa wall for? I was thinking that was some fancy massage jets but then I realized there is no bench up against them for your back.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    Thanks, The outbuilding we built when we built the house, we knew we were building a pool. We moved in in May and now are settled enough to start the pool. The "pool house" I guess you could call it has a bathroom a storage closet on the side for chemicals etc and a small home gym.

    The spa jets are actually a hydrotherapy tube where the floor is sunk down a little in that area and you stand and the jets hit from your calves to shoulder area. It's in addition to the ones for your feet and back on the seats.
    My Build
    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Re: Hello fellow Austin pool folks

    what fun!

    What colors are you using for the coping, decking, waterline tile, plaster?

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    Kim, almost forgot about that thanks for reminding me. The decking, coping will all be travertine pavers. The fire pit, columns of the cabana, columns on pool, and deck side spa will be the split faced travertine. The Irridescent tile will be spa, waterline, and back of raised wall in pool.



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    Oops plaster, that will be stonescapes tropics blue mini pebble with shells.
    My Build
    20K gallon gunite geometric, stonescapes mini Tropics Blue, 1400sqft travertine decking, 4ft stainless sheer descent, 2 laminars, 19x8ft tanning ledge with 50 pts light starfloor, 18x23ft cabana with outdoor kitchen.

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    Wow! Love it!!!
    My Pool Build (2015): inground 12K gals gunite/plaster pool, SWG, 2-speed pump, cartridge filter, gas heater, and polaris cleaner (Jandy). TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speed Stir

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    That is going to be an amazing pool! I love the colors!
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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