Hello All, I can't believe it's almost 2 1/2 months since we thought we'd be this far along - just about the same time I joined the forum. We have interviewed now with our third PB and researched so many more here and elsewhere. For those who don't know Frisco is just North Dallas.
- The first PB we went into their studio to see the design, but we weren't thrilled and they never tried again or followed up.
- The second came to our house and said he would send us a design, but never did even after follow confirmations via text saying he was working on it.
- The third has provided us the following designs (these are actually the second after changes we requested).
They are all very experienced builders from what I read and would be comfortable with any of these, but funny thing is they know each other and recommend each other - for instance #2 told me they would choose #1 or #3 if they didn't build their own pool and that's with not knowing I had already talked to #1.
Well, we like this third builder who came to our house twice now (nice since we have a 1 year old) and worked on the designs below with us. We have not received quotes let alone signed any contract. However, we've approved this design to start quoting.
Really we are building the whole backyard environment and this PB can do it all except for any involved landscaping. Here are some answers to my questions.
1. He requires no deposit, just 30-30-30-10 with the last 10% after all completion
2. Uses thick beam with shotcrete
3. Doesn't like the in-pool cleaning system just use the robot
4. So nothing extra under pool
5. He doesn't provide the exact model numbers on the contract, but says it will be clear enough to look up (will have to see pricing)
6. Uses pentair and likes SWG
7. Doesn't like ozone, but does think UV is good for equipment (not sure I understand how used on pool but I think it's like when you add to your central air?)
8. Variable speed pumps
Once I get his recommended equipment I will bring back here before signing any contract. What else? Oh, we are going with travertine pavers and another thing I like about this guy is that he changed up to bring the decking right up to the fence (will need to add boarding) I don't have the dimensions quite yet, but about 30' x 18' beam to beam and about 8' x 6' spa. The grotto is for our 11 yo Son to jump in at 7' - no head diving!
We don't have a big back yard and with a 5' utility easement and corner cutout for gas meter it's even smaller. What do you think is this pool too small? Everyone seems to say it's not the pool, but the whole yard.
Can't believe I'm finally going to have a pool after nearly 50 years and having swam before I ever walked - growing up it was always public pools. My one condition on the house when we transplanted out here from California 10 years ago was I told the wife we must buy with a pool. Well, you know who got their (her) way. Probably because she can't actually swim!
The design studio doesn't show the interior roof correctly - it will be enclosed but with high arched ceiling with gas radiant heaters.