Hello everyone. I'm joining the ranks of owner/builders in Las Vegas and starting the process today. I've enjoyed looking at other people's process and so I'll try and give updates here about what my experience is like.
I'll start by saying that we had a pool built at our last home 2 years ago. We recently moved and went back to the same pool builder thinking that we could get a nearly identical pool built for a nearly identical cost. Boy, were we wrong. With his suggested add-ons, the total price he quoted was twice what we paid last time. After telling him to cut out some of the add-ons and giving him an upper limit on our budget, he dropped the price coming in at $500 over the limit we had given. And, since we're good customers, he was willing to throw in a chlorinator or automation. Thinking that this might not be too bad of a deal, I started doing some research on chlorinators and came across owner/builder threads here, and so began my descent into the rabbit hole. After reading your experiences and seeing some ballpark figures, I figured I owed it to myself (and my wallet) to look into whether I could be an owner/builder. I contacted one of the posters here and he got me started on the path. I just sent my sketch to the designer and this owner/builder project is officially under way.
Although I spent several days thinking about this design and hoping it is final, I imagine it will change slightly before I get through this. Either way, here is the idea: