Cardinal Oasis 36x18 Steel Wall Pool - 3 radiused steps - Not as pictured below
Tara Brand Custom Vinyl Liner (20mil) – we’ve narrowed it down to Capri or Montego Bay
½ inch stone backfill
Concrete Deck (6’ perimeter)
Equipment pad (6x6)
Additional concrete decking at $4/ft
Cantilevered coping - (standard)
3.5 to 7ft deep
3 Deck Jets
Hayward Hi Rate San Filter w/ Multiport – Upgraded to cartridge $400
Hayward Super Pump 2-speed – I think it’s 1.5HP
1-Hayward Color Logic Light
Polaris 280 automatic cleaner
Dual VGB approved main drain
Electrical Box & Breakers –
Goldline/Hayward Equipment Control System & SWCG– Aqua Plus
Electricity to equipment pad $250 (My breaker box is full so a 2nd will be installed)
Wiring for 12v walkway lighting & 110v 20A service to future pergola/pavilion $100 total
Wiring for additional lighting & fixtures on rear of the house - $200 Estimate
This project initially began January 2011. My wife and I had done a little bit of research but in hindsight we weren’t nearly educated enough regarding all the different products and their positives and negatives. Additionally we were under the impression that the entire project could be completed with a financial commitment in the low 30’s. Long story short we decided to save for 1 more year. (We’re Dave Ramsey, so no unnecessary debt.)
We interviewed 3 builders the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Interviews started at 9 and ended around noon. The first contractor hailed from Nashville which is about a 40min drive from our door to downtown. We had a chance to see the work of this company as they built the pool next to my MIL’s home. One small caveat is that my in-laws live in Brentwood. I don’t know how to describe the area other than to say that it’s the “Malibu” of Nashville. All the country music stars and pro athletes live there. Every home built since ’95 is 3500sq-ft or more. HOA Nazis are never in short supply. It’s really a beautiful place but stuff there is ridiculously expensive. The plan drawn up was gorgeous but well into the mid $40’s. This left no margin for fencing and other yard improvements so he was reluctantly eliminated.
Builder number 2 was up next. We had met with him briefly last year when we thought we wanted a composite pool. We decided to have him back this time to give a presentation of their vinyl offerings. We told him up front of our desire for a 36’ to 38’ steel wall pool. Let me tell you this guy might be the worst salesman ever. First he shows us the 36’ pool we enquired about but almost immediately changes gears toward selling us a 32’ x 16’ composite pool at a remarkably low $4k markup from the larger vinyl pool we desired. The part that makes this hilarious is that he kept raving about the 6’ by 3’ sunning ledge. Since we’re on the internet and you have no way of knowing this let me just inform y’all that my wife is a very attractive white girl of German/Russian/Polish heritage. I, on the other hand am your average sexy black guy from TN. I and my son (8) and daughter (6) have absolutely no use for a sunning ledge. Heck my kids could do commercials for Coppertone in the middle of February. We made the mistake of telling him we would get back with him the Friday after Thanksgiving. We told him that he was one of 3 potential contractors but I think he convinced himself that we were buying with him. FYI – when we called Friday to tell him he lost the bid we were surprised to learn that they were running a promotion for a Caribbean cruise for each composite pool sold. We didn’t bite. Unscrupulous!
The third builder was local. He built our neighbor’s pool and had always given them good support. We liked that. The design wasn’t as flashy as the 1st PB but he had the ability to add features upon request. Our neighbors had an issue a few years back where the liner was pulling out of the track. The PB showed up and resolved the issue no questions asked. I’m not the kind of consumer to nag the PB but if I do have a problem I can appreciate a PB who demonstrates that level of service. Anyway, this guy’s bid for the base pool came in at $32k and he didn’t try to gouge us for extras like the LED light or the deck jets. His concrete rates were essentially at cost. Items like cantilevered coping and SWG were standard. He even talked about trying out the new Hayward wireless pool control system at his home in the coming spring and if he liked it he’d throw it in ours for free. Obviously we went with this guy. He just provided a level of confidence, competence, and price we felt comfortable with. We signed the contract November 30th and handed him a check for 60% the following day.
December 12th – PB drops off 4 pallets of steel wall liners
December 17th – PB shows up to finalize pool layout/location. The plan is to dig the hole and set the panels before Christmas. Unfortunately mother nature did not agree. Rain, rain, and more rain! Ugh! PB is out of time till after New Years.
I plan to update this fairly regularly. Next up - photos of the backyard.