I've been visiting this site for several months and have found a wealth of knowledge that you guys possess. I just moved to Tucson six months ago and would like to have a pool in for the next swim season. I've met with 3 pool companies and have 2 more scheduled. These guys don't seem to want to do my job due to the fact that there may be a filled in pool in my backyard. I bought the house as a foreclosure and have very limited info, but know at one point there was a big pool back there. Recently I've been thinking about going the owner/build route since the pool companies only seem interested in easy jobs. What would I need to be prepared for, assuming that there is a shell in the ground. Would I need a soil engineer to test compaction? Would I have to completely remove the shell or only the sections in the way? or would I be better off designing my pool to hopefully fit within the dimensions of that pool if I can find them? If the soil is not up to par, could I put down a 6-8 inch layer of 3/4" gravel? And lastly, does anyone have a list of subs for the Tucson area that they would recommend? I am fairly handy and consider myself up to the task of owner/builder, but I'm no fool and realize that it's a huge undertaking. I would like to be as informed as possible as to what headaches I may run into during excavation. Also one more question to start, can anyone confirm that Pool Studio would be A: worth it money wise? I started with Google Sketch, but would like a finished design like Pool Studio, so that contractors could see a picture of the final product. And B: It's all online right? I downloaded what was supposed to be a free trial and it wouldn't open on Adobe Acrobat. Obviously I wouldn't want to subscribe if I am not going to be able to utilize their system.
Thanks so much,