Just got an estimate from a reputable pool builder in southern Louisiana. I nearly passed out. Seems off-the-charts high. Give me your thoughts:
A 20' x 40' shotcrete (not gunite) rectangle pool 3 1/2' to 9', a bench along one 40' edge and tanning ledge adjacent to a 7' x 6' spa. Spa is raised 18" and spills into pool. 850' (@$10.6/ft) of Sundek with integrated 3" drainage, brick border and coping. He's included 2 skimmers, 6 returns and a pair of main drains in the pool. In the spa there will be 7 jets fed from one of the two blowers while the other bubbles from the floor. Pair of main drains included.
His quote includes "light grey" plaster but he said he'd upgrade to Diamond Brite for $2,000.
Note that I've already got a 240v, 60A box available at the pool equipment site. All equipment will be located about 15' from the pool.
Pentair InelliFlo 3HP variable speed pump for pool and spa
Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 420ft^2 cartridge filter
Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3 with the Mobile Touch wireless control
Pentair Legend cleaner and booster pump
Pentair MasterTemp 400K BTU natural gas heater
Pentair Rainbow chlorinator
Pentair IntelliBrite colored LED lights - 2 in the pool, 1 in the spa
Zodiac Nature 2 mineral sanitizer
Auto Leveler - in the estimate but no model indicated
Blower - nothing specified other than a quantity of 2
Plumbing from gas meter to heater (~60' @ $20/ft), fencing, landscaping
He's comes recommended, has been in business for 25+ years and seems to have specified top-end equipment. Does $71,200 seem a little high for this or is he in the ballpark? I could save $4,400 if I reduce the size to 18x36.
This is in an upscale subdivision and I suspect there's some profit-padding going on. Is there a way to smoke that out?
Do you see any omissions or anything that looks off-kilter? I'm lukewarm on the Nature2. Any feedback on that?