Just want to say Hi! I REALLY LIKE THIS SITE! I am glade there is all the support needed out there to make owning a pool easier than asking a store clerk about things that they don't know and making trips unneeded.
Great Idea putting all this at hand. I been a pool owner for 25 years but it was simpler having the above ground pool, because of having less items and months of operation. Had a pool of our dreams built, it was a little bit of a pain going though the process but just like your advise about construction it's pretty much right on. Only advise would be to finance some of it so you can hold contractor accountable. I would find that they want some money up front just to get started. I would do 50/50 so before they paid you make sure it's up to standard. I had a list of issues that they took care of but still have a few that are still not completed. Have it in writing too. They use a lot of subcontractors and some are good and some not, and some time it took weeks to get them back to do over or repair or replace things done wrong. I am happy with the pool. Best advise is to plan your budget and make the best of it. There are so many things to consider, like building a house. Now that its done its pool care, and best practice skills. Only thing is everyone has different ways & methods, budgets to make it work. Also new technology out there, like solar products. I have a screen room so not as much dirt gets in. It sure helps.
I have one question to some of these new products on the market? but they may not be as good or worth it. Things like solar Ionizer, solar filter & shimmer. Does having a solar filter worth it to cut your pump run time down saving the utility cost? Does the Ionizer cut out buying shock? Skimmer should help if you get leaves or other dirt in the pool. Next are things saving on maintenance cost, Chemicals, or doing it like BBB, I have some high and equipment and want it to last, like the finish, Its pricey to replace and don't want to void warranty. I will be asking my pool company about that.. Well thanks for the warm welcome here. Plan to help when I can.