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    Wanting to have a pool built

    We are getting ready to look into getting a pooll built in McKinney Texas.
    We are wanting a spa and pool ranging upto 6" so the kids (some adults) can do their cannan balls. We are looking at free form gunite with maybe a small water feature. I review several new builds here and on other sites as well as having contacted Hobert, southern winds and Foleys to talk about quates and their ideas.

    I would apprciate any other PB recomendations and do's and don't to watch out for. Wanting to keep it at a reasonable price.

    Thanks in advance.
    McKinney, TX
    Pool build in progress, 14.8K gallons, OK flagstone copping (sealed), IG Gunite/Pebblesheen (Blue Granite), Pentair intelliflow 3050 vs - svrs, Pentair IC20 Salt-Gen, 60 sq ft Pentair DE filter, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Polaris 280 with Booster, Dual Time Clocks with freeze protect feature, Pool (1) 500w (1) 100W Spa (1) 100w lights, (2) Skimmers, 4 Pool Returns, 6 Spa Jets, water features incl (3) 12 scuppers on 12 x 31 raised beam, (2) Gushers on tanning ledge, and double cut spa spillway. controlled by easytouch 8
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/under...t56120-40.html

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    Re: Wanting to have a pool built

    Welcome to TFP!

    The most important step in purchasing a pool is to get references from the builder and check them. A great price or a great sales person does not guarantee a good build experience.
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    Re: Wanting to have a pool built

    If you can do a pool tour of the builders customers pools, it will give you a much better idea about size, features, material, etc along with general expectations you might have about the scope of the project. It will make it easier for you and the builder during the planning and building process. Its time very well spent.

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    Re: Wanting to have a pool built

    Sorry I cannot recommend a builder but I can give you advice on the process.

    All the builders I interviewed would build a pool that I would be happy with.
    None of them cared to build the pool I wanted.

    Take your time to be sure what items are "must haves" or just "nice to have". Have a good idea on "how" and "when" you'll use your pool. Many "extras" that come up after the contract is signed can be items that will break the budget.

    Sometimes, with a little planning, you can add features later. Other times, the wrong choice will make the pool ownership experience unpleasurable. On the extreme, I've met a couple people that wish they never built their pool.

    As an example, on my build, I never intended for automation. (Not one of the quotes had it). I find the pool maintenance relaxing so I figured I didn't need it or want it.

    But after saving some money during the build and getting some deals on equipment, I have a fully automated pool. IT'S FANTASIC!. I don't worry about it when I'm not available. A push of a button can turn-on the heater, spa or water feature. Let's just say it saves my wife a lot of grief. She's not the type to go to the equipment pad to turn valves or sit through 20 minutes of water chemistry testing. Our choice of color changing LED lighting turned the backyard into a "cool" nighttime hangout. The modern multi-speed pump is incredibly quiet and efficient.

    My point is: keep reading this website and make sure you know what you want before making the commitment. You'll be happier in the long run.
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    Re: Wanting to have a pool built

    Checking references will no doubt be the best way to go. I would especially be interested in seeing the folks who had their pools built a year or more out because that will give you insight into the quality of support that those customers have gotten after the final check has been written.

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    Re: Wanting to have a pool built

    Thanks for the feed back.
    McKinney, TX
    Pool build in progress, 14.8K gallons, OK flagstone copping (sealed), IG Gunite/Pebblesheen (Blue Granite), Pentair intelliflow 3050 vs - svrs, Pentair IC20 Salt-Gen, 60 sq ft Pentair DE filter, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Polaris 280 with Booster, Dual Time Clocks with freeze protect feature, Pool (1) 500w (1) 100W Spa (1) 100w lights, (2) Skimmers, 4 Pool Returns, 6 Spa Jets, water features incl (3) 12 scuppers on 12 x 31 raised beam, (2) Gushers on tanning ledge, and double cut spa spillway. controlled by easytouch 8
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/under...t56120-40.html

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