Dear all, a promise is a promise!
I've roamed around this forum for last two months bothering you guys with questions, and now I'm excited to announce that its GO time! I will try to maintain this thread updated throughout the constructions as much as possible to help new members not make the same mistakes I will probably be making through the process . Excavation starts tomorrow!
Background: I am building a pool by owner, meaning I will server as my own general contractor. I carefully made this decision after taking into consideration $$$ savings and most importantly, having more control over the process. I don't know how it is in other cities, but in South Florida builders are notorious for disappearing for weeks in between and finding a good one is hit or miss. Just last month one large builder went out of business almost overnight leaving over 80 paid pools unfinished.
Project: The project itself is relatively simple. I will be building a 12 X 25 rectangular swimming pool with one swim-out details, four deck jets and three spa jets for the swim-out details.
Equipment: Hayward Ecostar Pump, Hayward DE 3620 Filter, Hayward Colorlogic Lights, Hayward Colorlogic Color Changing LED Lights, Pentair Deck Jets, Hayward Pro-Logic PS4 for Salt System and Automation, Hayward Aquaconnect for Mobile App Control.
Challenges: The main challenge is dealing with a VERY small backyard. My entire yard is around 52' X 25', and fitting a 12' X 25' pool while maintain strict zoning setback guidelines wasn't easy. I had to request an "administrative adjustment" form the city to allow me move the the pool closer to the side street than the 20' required, so that I can actually enjoy a deck area outside of my patio door and not closer to the side street like the city wanted. Long story short: 60 days dealing with zoning and $1050 later in extra permit fees, I was granted the exception. The other challenge is MONEY of course. I am building paying from "savings" (read, save as you go and pay one contractor at a time).
Contractors Used: I was able to find the different contractors by doing a little bit of everything. The first ones I found by stalking a neighbor's pool project and writing down the company name of the contractors used by that builder. The others I found by asking these contractors for industry referrals. Craigslist and google help as well
Expect Pool Cost: Here's a rough breakdown of what I was quoted, and expecting to pay for my pool and deck. Permit fees are not included. This may change, and when it does, I will keep you posted.
Plans/Engineer: $400 ($300 plan + $100 soil statement)
Excavation: $1500 ($1200 original excavation plus $150 each of 2 backfills)
Shotcrete: $2380 (17 yards @ $140/yard)
Plumbing: $1100 (materials and labor included, using top quality valves and 2" piping)
Electrical: $1500 (includes final installation of all equipment and automation system)
Equipment: $3,850 (Bundled price of all equipment listed above by a local distributor)
Deck:: $4500 (700 sq of 12" X 24" ivory travertine pavers, installation and drain channels included)
Misc: $1000 (other stuff I'm sure will show up)
TOTAL EXPECTED EXPENSE: $17,780 ($13,200 pool + $4500 deck)
Below is a snapshot of the plan and a pic of the patio before the excavations starts tomorrow. Notice: the plan doesn't show some updates recommended by fellow members, such as looped piping and DE instead of cartridge filter.