I'm located in Frisco, TX, just north of Dallas and am nearing completion of my pool build and wanted to share some info. I meant to post throughout the process, but work got busy...
I started interviewing Pool Builders in the spring (over 3 month timeframe) and signed a contract on June 6th after narrowing the field from seven. I spoke with M. Christopher Custom Pools, Riverbend/Sandler, Artesian, Pools by Owner, Robertson, Foley, and Hobert. Here's how I found my target company list. In 1999 I built a pool with Riverbend/Sandler, and know people that have built with Foley, Hobert, and Robertson. I saw advertising for M. Christopher and was familiar with their Home division. I found Artesian and Pools by Owner through online forum references.
I ran across the Trouble Free Pool forums when I started researching builders and pool options. Countless "under construction" posts were helpful to us in making the many design decisions required (in addition to prior experience with an IG pool and friends with pools). Below are specs of the pool, equipment, and some of the other selections:
Purpose of Pool: Play pool (basketball, volleyball, lounging) for a family of 6.
Pool Builder selected: M. Christopher Custom Pools (Division of M. Christopher Custom Homes)
Gunite Pool (1/2" Steel throughout , min 10" Centers alternate rebar in stress areas yielding a 5"x10" grid)
Pool Perimeter: 100
Pool Size: 33'x21', Depth Profile: 3.5'x5'x4'
Pool Gallons: 16,159
Spa Size: 8'x6'
Coping: Travertine - Classic Tumbled Bullnose 4"x12"
Tile (Pool): 6" -NVRS 665 - Brazos Brown (Nobile Tile)
Tile (Hot Tub): 1" - NWFR 165 St. Raphael (Nobile Tile)
Finish: Stonescapes Tropics Blue
Raised Wall: Bark Ledger Stone
Deck (Contracted Separately)
1185 Sq Ft Travertine Paver (Tumbled) - Versailles/French Pattern
Color: English Walnut from QDI Stone
Installed by Legacy Custom Pavers
Pentair VS Pump (Main)
Pentair 1.5 HP for features
Pentair Cartridge Filter (520sq ft)
Pentair MasterTemp 400K b.t.u Heater
Ultrapure Ozone Generator (Sized for 50K gallon pool)
Pentair Easy Touch 8
2013 Build Timeline
6/6: Signed Contract
6/25: City Permit Issued
6/29: Plumbing and Rebar and bonding
7/1: Pre-Gunite Inspection Passed
7/5: Gas Pressure Inspection Approved
7/15 (Week of): Tile and Coping and Start Stone, put Equipment in Place
7/23: Deck Inspection Passed
7/23 (Week of): Finish Stone, Deck, Site Cleanup
7/30: Pre-Plaster Inspection Passed
8/1/2013: Plaster (Day 1)
8/2/2013: Plaster (Day 2 Acid Wash) and Filling with Water
35 days from excavation to filling with water (54 days full days from contract signature).