Hello TFP -
Very glad I stumbled upon this wonderful site. I'd be remiss if I didn't start my build by thanking We_Like_It_Hot, teknic88, and sgtolv for starting me off on the right path. They shared subcontractor info and tidbits that have helped them along the way - thanks again! I am far from experienced when it comes to subcontracting a pool. Speaking with them assured me that I was ready to take the leap!
Ok the nitty gritty. Background to this build is that I purchased this home a little less than a year ago. The backyard was completely empty, we called it "lunar landscaping". Ugh. The inside of the house needed attention as well, so I took care of that project prior to doing much outside. After pouring the patio and some curbing, I decided it was time to look into the pool!
I'm not long removed from college, so price is a major factor in my build. I spoke to 2 pool builders in town, and after hearing their proposals for for a pool similar to the one I hope to have, I knew subcontracting the work myself was the best (economically, at least) path.
As I've looked through the forum, it seems as though posting prices is a little taboo. That won't be the case here. I'll dedicate page 2 to the bids I've received, the negotiations of each phase, and the total running cost of my project. My goal is $35,000, or less!
Without boring you further, I'll start by posting a few pictures of the layout and the plans. When the excavator came to draw the pool, we agreed that it needed to be a little larger in some areas. Total sq ft for the pool will be right around 450', with an 8ft diameter spa as well.
Hope you enjoy, I'll be adding loads of pictures along the way, as well as updating my "Bid Page" as they keep rolling in. Digging starts tomorrow!
Initial drawing - dig will be a little bigger, but same shape and design.
Looking towards the area that will house the pool.
Layout from the excavator - my poor palm tree will ultimately need to be removed (just the smaller, not the bigger). I found both of these palms on the side of the road one day, winched them onto a flat bed and trailered them home!! It took myself and 10 other friends (literally) to drag the bigger one into my backyard. It was a major undertaking, but we got it there. They were in rough shape and are just now showing signs of life. I will attempt to re-plant the smaller one (again) in the area behind the spa. They look rough now, but I thought it would be better to give them a shot in my backyard than rot on the side of the street
More to come!