After years of not so subtle hints from my wife and children I finally broke down and decided to install an in-ground pool this year. I have received three or four quotes from local pool builders and with a $10-$30K swing in price for basically the same thing I really struggled with who to choose. I'm in the home-improvement industry and I've seen a lot of local pool installations with varying levels of quality despite the amount of money that has been spent on them. I really have a hard time justifying a $30,000- $40,000 expense on something that has mediocre workmanship. So I determined the best solution is for me to do some of it myself and subcontract out the specialized things like the bottom and excavation. I've done lots of research and thanks to this site think I'm on the right track, however I would certainly appreciate everyone's input on my choices.
20x43x37 custom Lagoon (steel w vinyl liner) 36K Gallons
2 main drains 2 skimmers and 3 returns
Liner TBD (lathem or megna? Ultra seam?
8' radius (alps manufacturing) Blue Steps w/ at least 2 additional returns maybe spa jets
All ordered from Royal Swimming Pools
Equipment still undecided ,but so far:
3hp Intelliflow VS (Do I need this much HP now, no...but will I need it in the future if I add water features like deck jets or laminers plus a slide?) My energy rats are low 6.2 cents a kW
Quad DE 60-80 Best of both worlds DE plus cart. ?
Easy touch w/ power center 4 function
Intellichlor salt system
(2) 5g Intelibrite 12v LED
4-6 deck jets or maybe 3 laminars from Pentair??
Master temp NG 400000 BTU heater
Slide of some sort
Safety cover before winter