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    May 2015
    Fullerton, CA

    Looking for builder recs in socal

    Hello, new to the The forum, we are looking to build a freeform pool here in Southern California. There is so much to learn about building a pool I figured I would start by reviewing this for site and asking other Southern California residents about who they utilized to build their pool. We are looking to build a smaller pool and spa probably 30 x 15 in the backyard. I have reviewed Angie's list but there's just not a lot of detail about the process or the builders I have been talking to Mission pools in lake forest, and dreamscapes MGR, and conscious environments. I like the fact that Mission pools has been in business since 1961 but I can't seem to find a lot of positive reviews on Angie's list or other sites. Angie's list can be hit and miss with regard to the accuracy of the ratings. We just found this out when we utilized a highly rated Angie's list contractor to put in some stairs for us the project turned into a nightmare. I figured others on this board maybe building pools or have built pools and can help out with recommendations thank you so much.

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    Mod Squad tim5055's Avatar
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    May 2014
    Columbia, SC

    Re: Looking for builder recs in socal

    Welcome to TFP. I'm on the wrong side of the country to help, but wanted to jump,in and say hi.

    Hopefully someone will be able to help.
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

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    SuzfromTexas's Avatar
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    Apr 2015
    Houston, Texas

    Re: Looking for builder recs in socal

    Ditto to what Tim said! I'm new, so I can't always offer any tips, especially technical. But I can at least be friendly, right!

    You're in the best place. TFP is fantastic for support, information, and stress reduction!

    I've had similar experience with AL, so I'll share some of the resources I used or heard about later for pool builder referrals. Some may help, some may not.
    1. Community or neighborhood forums - around here, they're like a mini AngiesList. But I found them to be more helpful.

    2. Pool supply stores.

    3. Pool and tile suppliers/showrooms. They know the area builders!

    4. Area gunite/shotcrete companies and other pool subcontractors.

    5. Other pool forums - there's a garden forum with a pool and spa section with archived posts by pool builders across the country.

    6. TFP! I found this site to be the most active. Do a search for various names in or near your area. If you like what you see and read, Private Message them for the name of their pool builder.

    7. Facebook. It can be surprising the people who have good referrals to share. Some might be people you never thought of.

    If I remember any more, I'll post again. I hope something here helps. Take care! Suz.
    Suz~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. SWG IG. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy; color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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