In my effort to become more knowledgeable about pool construction, I've been reading all the posts here since this site started and many of the posts on the old board. My original intention was to do owner/builder. As a mechanical engineer who runs projects for a living, it would be well within my abilities, however, after reading and thinking about my situation, I've decided to hire a PB. Since I work a regular job, I would not be able to be on the 'job site' for most of the work which I think would be inviting problems. I really hate paying someone to do something I can do myself.
Over the last two years I have received quotes from 7-8 PB's, four of these were in the last month. I gave each of them the plan I had originally intended to use to pull permits. Since I am not a landscape architect, I asked each for suggestions. Only one made a meaningful suggestion. Maybe my original design was good. I will post it here soon.
After things are dialed in a bit more, I will post my costs for the pool if you want.
Since I live in California and have PG&E as my energy company and I'm cheap by nature, I am very concerned about energy efficiency. Please comment on the following:
Pool Area 764 sq ft (MAY GET SMALLER)
Perimter 112 ft
Volume ~25000 gals
27' 12" raised bond beam with flagstone cap and face
Polaris 280 with booster (WORRIED ABOUT INEFFICIENCY OF THIS)
(2) 3" suction lines (ARE THESE TOO BIG?)
(4) 2.5" returns (ARE THESE TOO BIG?)
Easy Touch 8
Cartridge Filter (HOW BIG SHOULD I GET?)