Hi Pool People,
Love the website. I recently bought a foreclosed house in Ramona, 1/2 hour NE of San Diego. It is a lot hotter here than in San Diego and we need a pool as my family that loves the water. A big selling feature was that the house had a partially completed pool. At the time we figured it was pretty close to being completed and wouldn't cost much to finish off. Well, we were wrong, the quotes we got puts it out about $20,000 to $30,000. I am pretty handy and can do most plumbing and tile work, but I am still amazed at the cost of materials. We right now are shopping around for an inexpensive coping and tile. We of course want something nice but we want to stay within our limited budget. We'll looked at flagstone and the safety bullnose brick. My question to you if you were in my shoes, what materials and equipment would you be looking at (which would you avoid) and what other advice could you give someone who is starting out on his first 'Do it yourself' pool. I know from your website I want to add a suction line for a bottom pool cleaner and that I want to make sure I have the right expansion joints behind the coping. Attached are some photos of the pool.
40x20, 9 ft deep
120 liner ft around pool and 36 liner around spa.
Coping -- Still shopping around, probably go with 3 tons Quartz flagstone 2-3" and I will do the work
Tile -- undecided, I will do the tile
Plaster -- $6000 to $7000, subcontract out
Equipment -- no clue where to begin, been watching Craigslist for deals. Thinking of going sand filter and SWG. Need a pump for the spa as well.
Thanks in advance,