I've been nothing more than a troll here over the past few months, but decided it was time to contribute.
After the debate of whether to move into a different house with an existing pool or build a pool, we decided building would actually be more economical. We reside in Lantana (up near Flower Mound and Highland Village) and very few homes have a pool in this master-planned community. Due to the shortage, we've noticed that home with pools fetch a premium and sell quicker. Our goal was to add a pool and keep it around $35k....not an easy task.
We took bids from 3 companies and ended up selecting a company that has done a ton of work in Lantana and was recommended by several neighbors. Our specs:
78 perimeter feet
9.5-10' wide by 29' length. Engineering letter required for coming in to a 1:1 ratio (depth vs. distance from exterior wall).
3.5' to 5' to 4' depth
4' tanning ledge
Stonescapes Aqua Blue pebble finish
12' long raised back wall with 3' sheer descent
420 Cartridge Filter
Intellio VS Pump
Nature 2 Express
EasyTouch 4 Electronics
LED Intellicolor Lighting
400sqft exposed agg decking
Mini Subway Tile Water Line Tile
Umbrella Sleeve on Tanning Ledge
Total Price $34,555
We have a 60' wide lot, but only 20' of depth from the back of our house so it is a tight squeeze! The dig was scheduled to be a normal bobcat dig, but ended up being a 'mini' dig because the gate opening wasn't measured properly. Luckily this was on the PB, as excavators typically charge for 2 digs on a 'mini'.
We signed our contract back the last week of April and had all permits in hand by the first week of May. Then came the rain.....ground was finally broken on June 7th.
We decided to put in the arbor/pergola after the fact for a more reasonable price, but it will look like the image below.