The landscaper that we have used apparently also designs pools. He would work with me on the design, then meet with me and the PBs that I want to interview. He would be doing the landscaping around the pool and act as the general contractor for the build. He is happy to take me to other customers homes to talk about their experience. He's a good guy, and he knows which PBs are reputable and which ones to avoid. He also has a business relationship with the area PBs, so I'm thinking that they might work harder for him. (I'm also not confrontational at all, but he seems to have no problems with confrontation so it would be nice to have someone like that on my side if necessary) On the other hand.... I don't know if it could go the other way and I end-up pi##ing off a PB by 1) showing up with a design at our initial meeting and 2) having hired a GC for the project.
This guy charges $500 for the design (it's hand drawn and includes all of his landscaping). So I guess I'm asking 1) is it worth it to pay someone for a pool design 2)is having this guy serve as a GC necessary 3)what would you do?