Ok so I have signed my contract and in my contract I have a 3/4" fill line included. We haven't even dug the hole yet. After reading posts I think I want an auto fill. The problem is my builder is quoting some insanely large number (>$1200) and I looked at some of my other bids that had it as an option and they all quoted the same rough price. My designer is new to the area and he also said he was shocked by the price and said if I was outside the city limits of Austin my auto fill would be <$500 to add. He said the extra cost is that the city of Austin has all these plumbing requirements for this option and a master plumber would have to do the work and that is why there is so much extra cost. Any thoughts on this? Anyone else in Austin have this same issue?
I am trying to decide if I can live without the auto fill or not. I really want it bad because I can imagine I would not like having to keep up on the water level over the summer (even though I know I'll be out there). What happens if I am in Europe on business? I am thinking all the extra tasks might be too complicated on my wife to keep track of.