Well, after much research and study, I've dived into the owner builder realm and I am starting the adventure of building my FIRST pool (never even owned one before, so this site is a huge help). I'm super nervous, but I've worked through a guy who used to build pools in the area for over 20 years and he is leading me to the subs he trusts. So here it goes I guess.
I got our permit from the city a week and a half ago and we start digging on Saturday or Monday.
My husband, kids and I have been working to remove trees, transplanting bushes and removing plumbing and irrigation wire to allow us to save it and install it with the new plan. As we were cutting down the trees, I wanted to cry because we have spent the last 5-6 years planting and making things grow (with a blank slate yard in the beginning), now we are removing everything to make way for the pool, decking and a partial basketball court. Here are some before and current photos. I will keep them coming as we progress.
Feel free to chime in if you see anything you could offer advice on.