We're looking to install a 16'x9' (4' deep) heated spa/plunge pool here in Austin. We dont want a full-size pool in order to save some money. However we had our first consult with a local reputable builder and he said that there are minimum excavation and gunnite charges that we'll have to pay for that we'll be wasting money on. Is he right or trying to upsell? I don't want to pay the fee to build a big hole for a small hole...
His point was that the subs dont want to deal with a small inground spa and will charge a minimum fee to come out and do the work. I suppose that could be true if they're so busy to turn down my job but I find it a little hard to believe. I have other firms coming out but wanted to get an opinion here. Here's what we're thinking of doing: