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    New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    I've been following the board for a few weeks while evaluating pool builders in my area. I've been through Pool School several times and still have so much more to learn. Below is a proposal from a pool builder that's come highly recommended by several friends with builds ranging from 1 to 7 years old. They all state emphatically they would utilize the builder again.

    GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:
    POOL SIZE: 30 X 24
    POOL AREA: Approx.496 Ft.
    POOL DEPTH: 4'-5'-4'
    POOL PERIMETER: Approx. 86 Ft.

    MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT:
    FILTER: Hayward Cartridge 4025
    FILTER PUMP: Hayward Super II 2 H.P.
    WATERFALL PUMP: Hayward Super II 1 H.P. (for the 3 descents and 2 bubblers)
    VALVES: Jandy
    SKIMMER: 2 Waterway
    POOL LIGHT: 2 Color Logic 4.0
    MAIN DRAIN: 2 with Anti-Vortex/Anti-Entrapment covers.
    POOL CLEANER: Polaris 280 with booster pump
    CHLORINATOR: Jandy Aquapure Salt system
    TIMER: Intermatic Time Clock
    10 X 5 Tanning Ledge with 2 Bubblers
    16 Raised Beam with 3 Sheer Descents (5' @ 6" elevation, 6' @12" elevation, 5' @ 6" elevation)
    Equipment pad
    Standard fill line with anti-siphon valve
    3 Benches
    2 Volleyball sleeves; 1 umbrella sleeve in Tanning Ledge

    STRUCTURAL POOL SPECIFICATIONS:
    BEAM: #4 Rebar Continuous / 4 Bar Box Beam
    WALLS/FLOOR: #3 Rebar on 8 centers
    GUNITE: 7.1 Cement (sack/sand) Ratio
    GUNITE BEAM: 12 Pneumatically Applied @ 4000 PSI
    GUNITE WALLS/FLOOR: 6 Pneumatically Applied @ 4000 PSI

    PLUMBING SPECIFICATIONS:
    1 -2 PVC schedule 40 on all pool plumbing and pump connections.

    ELECTRICAL:
    ALL of total electrical conduit run complete with all termination switches is included in bid. Pool equipment requires 40-50 amps.

    TILE/COPING/INTERIOR SPECIFICATIONS:
    COPING: Flagstone or brick
    TILE: 6 X 6 Waterline Tile (any tile from Noble catalog except for glass)
    INTERIOR FINISH: CLI Sunstone Select or Wet Edge Luna Quartz Exposed Aggregate

    DECK SPECIFICATIONS:
    AREA: Approx 500 Square Feet
    TYPE: Pea-Gravel or Spray Deck
    STEEL SCHEDULE: #3 Rebar in a mat
    DECO-DRAIN: Included in bid
    DECKING: Spray Deck on Existing Patio

    POOL MAINTENANCE AND EQUIPMENT:
    Maintenance Pole
    Vacuum Head
    Vacuum Hose
    Wall Brush
    Leaf Net
    4 Way Test Kit (I know, I know....will be buying a TF100 once we get started)

    PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
    60% due at Excavation, 30% due at Deck Frame-up, 10% (less $500) due at Plaster with the final $500 due at Equipment Startup.

    Concerns/Thoughts/Questions:
    1) Payment Schedule - obviously weighted for builder and we want to revise this, but several recommendations by people we've known for a few years helps to mitigate this.
    2) We opted for no spa because we really aren't spa people. Anybody in the same position end up regretting this in the future?
    3) No heater. Pool will get sun from roughly 9am-5pm during summer months. I don't really relish paying $$ for a gas heater and only using it a few times a year. What will a heater buy us, another month at the beginning and end of the swim season?
    4) How much should automation cost for this build?
    5) Anything else I should be concerned about?

    Thanks!
    IG vinyl, 11,000 gal, Hayward Pro Series S244T High Rate Sand Filter, Zodiac LM3-24 SWG, Sta-Rite PEA5E-181L 1HP pump

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    Re: New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    Where are you located?
    (DIY):16K Gal 20X30 rectangular IG Gunite, w/spa, CCP 520 filter,2 Pentair VS pumps, 400KBTU Pentair gas heater, Heat Pump for cooling, **update5.25.2013** added an intellichem with acid pump that will control existing SWG. My Build Thread Here

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    Re: New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    About 15 min. south of Houston, in Pearland.
    IG vinyl, 11,000 gal, Hayward Pro Series S244T High Rate Sand Filter, Zodiac LM3-24 SWG, Sta-Rite PEA5E-181L 1HP pump

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    Re: New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    Consider a heat pump with cooling. It's an expensive addition, but in super hot weather, oh my the pool is so much better than the tepid bath water it is without one.

    I am in baton rouge about 5 hours east and put one in for exactly that and I am so glad I did.

    Otherwise it looks ok, except for the draw schedule. There is no way I would go with that. If thing went south for whatever reason (and it does happen! Even to the best of builders) he has the upper hand cuz he is way ahead on money every step of the way.

    Automation cost me about 2-2500, and I went overboard on mine, but love fiddling with it.

    One thing... More deck. Put as much as you can afford, it will never be too much and it's better to do it now when the yard is torn up than later after you get it all pretty. Do you already have a lot of outside entertainment area?
    (DIY):16K Gal 20X30 rectangular IG Gunite, w/spa, CCP 520 filter,2 Pentair VS pumps, 400KBTU Pentair gas heater, Heat Pump for cooling, **update5.25.2013** added an intellichem with acid pump that will control existing SWG. My Build Thread Here

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    Re: New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    And it seems everyone from Texas with flagstone has issues with salt systems eating up the coping, so for that reason of your choices I would go with brick. Search the forums for this issue and ask your builder where the flagstone originates from... I think that has something to do with it.

    I can't wait to see those sheers, that sounds impressive.
    (DIY):16K Gal 20X30 rectangular IG Gunite, w/spa, CCP 520 filter,2 Pentair VS pumps, 400KBTU Pentair gas heater, Heat Pump for cooling, **update5.25.2013** added an intellichem with acid pump that will control existing SWG. My Build Thread Here

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    Re: New Build Quote, Houston, TX area

    Quote Originally Posted by rlyrock
    16 Raised Beam with 3 Sheer Descents (5' @ 6" elevation, 6' @ 12" elevation, 5' @ 6" elevation)
    A little clarification is in order...the raised beam follows the quoted profile; the actual sheers will be centered on each section and will be 12" I believe. Anything more would have to custom made because the raised beam follows the curvature of the pool.

    Not listed but included are 6 return lines.

    In addition to the new 500' of decking, we have an existing patio of ~200 sq ft that will be covered with our coating of choice. Due to having a detached garage and large utility easement, the pool and decking will take up the majority of the backyard.

    We would love to add a heat pump/chilling option, but it's unfortunately out of the budget for now.

    He does not push SWG anymore but will install if asked to. They did say they would only recommend one of several types of flagstone they use due to it being "harder". Other choices are a brick coping (no upgrade) or a cast stone product at a significant cost. They indicated travertine would not be appropriate with SWG.

    Somebody else mentioned in a PM the idea of a variable speed pump. Some of the other builders suggested that at an upgrade cost of ~$600. This builder would do it, but thought it was wasted money.

    Decisions, decisions, decisions....
    IG vinyl, 11,000 gal, Hayward Pro Series S244T High Rate Sand Filter, Zodiac LM3-24 SWG, Sta-Rite PEA5E-181L 1HP pump

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