We purchased our house 1 year ago. We started the pool shopping process in May of this year, and received three bids. We felt very good about all three companies, and I am sure they all would have done a great job. The company we picked primarily installs the in floor cleaning system which is why we picked them. Not having a pool vacuum was a big plus to us, as we have 3 small kids who like to mess with things.
Our build started on August 4th and has been a good experience thus far. Every stage of the build has impressed us in the speed and quality of the crews. The end is in sight and we are very excited for it to be completed. The equipment was installed (with the exception of plumbing for the Ozone filter, and installing the Rainbow Chlorinator.) I did not come across this great forum until after the build was in process. Had I found this site sooner I would have skipped the Chlorinator, Ozone filter, and the UV filter. We are currently waiting for the deck to be installed. The deck is scheduled to start this Wednesday (9/2/15) pending the weather. It should be a 4-5 day job as they have to break out our existing brick patio and install Travertine pavers. After the decking the next step is the Pebble Sheen, we selected "Blue Surf." I just wish we started the process before summer, as we may not have much time left to enjoy the pool this season.
Thanks to this site I should receive my TF-100 test kit and SpeedStir in the mail today! With any luck I will have new pictures to add next week!
I wanted to thank the members of this site for all the information. I am reading all I can in hopes of avoiding any major water issues down the line.