Hi everyone, We are about one month away from signing a contract on a new pool build. We've received quotes from two different reputable companies and I'd like to get some expert opinions on a few things we are struggling with. Our budget is $95k.
Both quotes are for Gunite construction.
The first quote is $85k and includes 1200 sq ft of patio in exposed aggregate. This includes a Diamondbrite quartz finish on the pool (650 sq ft).
The second quote is $85k for the pool in a Pebble Tec finish (800 sq ft). The 1200 sq ft brushed concrete patio would cost an additional $10k. Both pool quotes are inclusive of the pool equipment, rebar, coping, tile, lighting, steps, baja shelf, etc.
My questions are, would a bigger pool with a Pebble Tec finish be worth the additional $10k costs? Is it a bad idea to sign a contract for our maximum budget in case there are unforeseen expenses?
One other curve ball to consider - the first pool builder said he does a hybrid vinyl pool (w/concrete floor) which will take $15k off the overall cost, and I have to admit I'm tempted since we could get some other features with that additional savings (spa or landscaping).
Any help/advice you have would be greatly appreciated!
Lastly, we have two small children (ages 5 and 3). Would a fence or automatic pool cover be something you feel is a necessity? Neither of these are included in either quote.