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    Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    Hello from Missouri!

    This site has been the most inspirational and fun-loving place to be!

    To start off:
    I live in a rural part of Missouri. With a ton of trees around and drainage that runs towards my house, not an ideal situation. We have 8 acres, but where we want to have the pool there are (and I'm not kidding, we've counted) 54 trees of various sizes in the 1 acre area directly behind our house. We are looking at having all of the trees removed and the drainage addressed.

    I have received 3 bids from various pool companies, 2 bids for excavation and 2 bids for small retaining walls. We were looking for a simple pool, free-form - 36' x 18'(ish) - 4' x 7' deep. After the initial sticker shock, we have decided to look into the owner/builder path. I am hoping we could have all of the work we need done to the back of the house completed for around the same amount as the pool builders want. Am I crazy?

    My initial struggle starts with locating subcontractors. I understand (thanks to the wonderful people on this site) that once you find one subcontractor, they are extremely helpful in referring other subs. But I can't even locate one sub. I have talked to people at my work, my family, my friends, I've google(d), I've checked with the city for local permits (which only list the large companies, not the subs). I've done advanced searches on this site - trying to find people who've built in MO. I've pulled the names of plumbers who've applied for licenses at the City Hall, but they all seem to have actual companies that they own such as:
    Danny Smith (license # ___) of Danny Smith Plumbing. Looks like he's the contractor then, am I right?

    I don't know where else to look. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance!

    Does anyone have any ideas? Wolfgang
    Hoping to be Owner/Builder in Missouri. I want a free-form pool, approximately 40' x 20'(ish).

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    Re: Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    Hello and welcome to TFP! While I don't have any recommendations for you personally, I thought I would give this thread a to try and get it moving again. Maybe someone in your area will see it and help. Nice to have you with us.
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    Re: Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    "I've pulled the names of plumbers who've applied for licenses at the City Hall, but they all seem to have actual companies that they own such as:
    Danny Smith (license # ___) of Danny Smith Plumbing. Looks like he's the contractor then, am I right?"

    I THINK the above could/would be a sub-contractor. See what a sub-cont. is someone who is called in by the PB to do such and such work for them. Electric and plumbing would be two good examples. Very few PB have their own crews so they have to call Danny Smith Plumbing which then turns Danny Smith Plumbing into a sub for the PB.

    You can start with them and work your way around to others. "Have you ever plumbed a pool before?" Take good notes and keep going.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    Thank you very much! I will start there. I appreciate the "bump" and the response!
    Hoping to be Owner/Builder in Missouri. I want a free-form pool, approximately 40' x 20'(ish).

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    Re: Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    I know this is old, so BUMP and Wolfgang, if you are still around, did you ever get any further on your build? My wife and I live in High Ridge, and maybe we could work together on this project.

    Thanks.

    Matt

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    Re: Owner/Builder in Missouri ~ looking for direction and a place to start.

    Hi Matt!
    Thanks for the bump.
    Haven't gotten any further. I was chasing my tail and gave up. Are you wanting to do the owner/builder route?

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