My name is Matthias B. and I live outside of Charlotte, NC in Indian Trail. My family and I decided to build a pool late last year after making the decision to stay in Charlotte rather than move out west. We wanted estimates on Pool/Spa combos, both using concrete/Gunite construction as well as vinyl liner construction
After extensively researching several Pool companies in Charlotte I put together a list of 6 pool contractors I wanted bids from. That list quickly shrunk to four contractors after not receiving a call back from two. The list dwindled even further after one company was 1.5 hrs late to the initial meet-up at the house so that left us with three. Only one of those remaining companies did vinyl liner pools. The other two only did concrete/gunnite construction.
After comparing estimates and the overall experience attaining those designs and estimates we ultimately choose to go with a Gunite pool only (no spa) design. We compromised on the spa by installing a 400k BTU heater so we could get a few extra months out of the pool season. Also our contractor threw in an aerator and two jets (plumbed direct from the heater) behind our built in loveseat to give the effect of a spa without the additional 12k cost. Itís not the same I realize but itís good enough for us.
We choose Anthony and Sylvan Pools as our contractor because of the proposed design, as well as the overall experience that Jason our sales guy provided during the design and negotiation phase. He was the only one that took the time to measure out the back yard and attempt to give us a visual representation of what the pool would look like on our property. The pricepoint was competitive with the other quotes that we received so they ultimately won our business.
@460sq ft Gunite free form pool
Black Marble Pebbletech finish
5 ft sheer descent bond beam
Love seat w spa jets
Jandy 2hp Variable speed pump
Salt Water system
400K BTU heater
Polaris 350 vacuum
1 Hayward Colorlogic Light
DIY Brick patio 500Sqft (more to come on that when I start the work)
We broke ground on Monday June 23rd. It is now the 26th and rebar is almost complete. I will document the build process as well as post pictures along the way for everyoneís reference. Please notify me if any of you folks think something looks out of place or requires my attention. I love forums and am very active in the M3forum.net community. The advice one gains by being a member of these online communities in invaluable IMHO so being that this is my first Gunite pool I will be pouring over these forums for advice and tips.
Cheers and thanks for all the help (preemptively