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Thread: First bid for first-time pool build . . . any red flags?

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    First bid for first-time pool build . . . any red flags?

    We are excited to begin our pool-building process, and we have our first preliminary bid in hand . . . we are still working on some design details but I wanted to get some opinions on what we have so far to make sure we are headed in the right direction.

    We are in Cypress, TX (just northwest of Houston) and what we are finding here is that if you're not building a $50K plus show-pool, many builders in this area won't even return your phone calls. We're trying to keep our build at around $35K. Here's what builder #1 has given us so far:

    Pool Features
    Geometric Shape
    82' perimeter
    409 sq. feet
    Max Width - 16'
    Max Length - 32'
    Depth - 3.5' to 6'
    Tanning Ledge - 40 sq. foot
    7' square spa elevated 12"
    6 spa jets
    1 bench at spa spillway
    12' of 6" raised beam
    20' of 12" raised beam
    Coping - TBD
    Waterline Tile - TBD
    325 sq. feet acrylic deck (Kool Deck)

    Tristar VS Pump
    1 skimmer
    4 returns
    cartridge filter
    Pentair Rainbow 320 chlorinator
    250K BTU Natural Gas heater (for spa)
    500 watt pool light
    100 watt spa light
    Intermatic timer
    Navigator pool cleaner

    Of course, we don't have all of the final details yet, but based on the info above are there any glaring omissions? Any questions we should be asking the builder?


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    Re: First bid for first-time pool build . . . any red flags?

    Welcome to TFP!

    My thoughts:
    - Why not Ecostar instead of Tristar? I think the first is a little better.
    - realize the rainbow is not a long term solution, you can not only use tablets.
    - I would get "the pool cleaner" over the navigator.
    - a bigger heater is always better. Heats up the spa faster.
    - How big is the filter? Have a waste port plumbed in with a cartridge filter.

    What about the bones? No one ever thinks about the type and size of pipe and how it is plumbed until the end when you realize it is not ideal and should have been done differently.
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    Re: First bid for first-time pool build . . . any red flags?

    +1 on the bigger heater. Would recommend getting the 400k BTU heater. You are using same amount of gas but will be heating the spa quicker.

    -1 on the chlorinator. Consider an SWG.

    Are the lights colored LEDs?
    32K gallon 24'x41' IG, 8'x10' spa, mini pebble,
    Pentair equipment [Intellitouch I9, IC-60 SWG, 520 sq Clean + Clear Plus cartridge filter, 3 VS pumps(1 FX, 2 intelliflo)], Dolphin M5 cleaner.
    2 rain shears, 2 water shears, 2 blubbers, 4 laminars, water slide, rock waterfall.

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    Re: First bid for first-time pool build . . . any red flags?

    Thanks so much for the feedback - definitely helps me know what to come back to the builder with as far as changes and/or questions!

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