So I purchased a foreclosure several years ago, and I'm finally getting around to renovating the pool.
The pool a few years ago, boarded up - I've replaced the boards since then for safety purposes:
I tentatively hired someone to renovate the pool to do the following work:
$3900 – Install 20x40 w/ 16x16 “T” 20mil Liner with new wall foam.
$1700 – Re-shape pool with up to 5 yards of sand.
$4400 – Replace steps with block and/or concrete.
Includes Liner upgrade to 27mil.
$750 – Replace light niche and light with new standard incandescent
light.**(Conduit to be done by electrician @ additional cost)**
$2500 – Install new top plate and extrusion.
$1800 – Re-plumb #4 returns.
Replace and Re-plumb #2 skimmers.
$2400 – New Filter System: DE4800 Hayward Filter.
Hayward V.S. Super Pump.
TOTAL JOB: $17,450
$1200 – Remove boards and clean debris (no dumpster).
$1400 – Hayward Goldline AquaRite Salt-Chlorine Generator.
$2800 – Hayward Gas Heater 400 BTU (gas line additional).
$3900 -- Install new Bench
This seemed fair, but there were many unknowns since the pool was still boarded up. We climbed in the pool to take a better look, but we didn't know exactly what we were dealing with until the boards were removed.
so we started to demo the cover:
finally got everything cleaned up enough to inspect the walls: it appears like the 40' wall is severely bowed and tilted.
I brought my pool guy over after I cleaned everything up. He does not do new pool builds, so he can not fix a wall with this problem. He brought in a friend of his, who is a new pool builder, and he recommended tearing down the existing cinderblock walls, and going with a new steel wall pool.
Here is the breakdown for his new pool:
Demo existing pool wo/carting - $3000
Cardinal steel pool
20x40x15 T shape pool - $26,000
20' Stadium steps - $2500
6' bench - $1500
All 2" PVC plumbing
Same prices as previous
3 incandescent lights - $500
or 3 colored LED w/2 small accents on steps - $2000
I really don't want to do this whole estimation process over again, since I met with several guys regarding the renovation, but not for what's essentially a new pool.
Can you guys help make sure I'm not getting screwed anywhere? I feel like the new guy will do a good job. I saw photos of previous jobs and checked his BBB rating.
Are steel pools okay? He sounded like he was negotiable, so please let me know if anything sounds too expensive.
UPDATE 1 I got another quote from a highly regarded pool builder in the area who only does poured reinforced concrete walls, and vermiculite/portland cement floors. The numbers come out about the same, but it comes with a "free" robot, and they use all pentair equipment. All things being equal, I think the reinforced concrete is the way to go.
UPDATE 2 I received another quote from a different builder for a comparable build: 10" poured permacrete walls, sand bottom for a bit cheaper. However he "upgraded" the included equipment to Sta-rite 3HP v speed pump, auto pilot salt chlorine generator, and sta-rite mod media filter. So now I just need to do some research on that "upgraded" equipment.