We are planning to add a pool in the very near future and I would really prefer an in ground if we can fit it into our budget. The prime location (sun, convenience, away from trees, flat ground, etc) is right in front of our walk out basement and an above ground would really obstruct the view. I also don't like the constant depth of an above ground. We would want a simple rectangular shape preferably large enough that we could have a deep end suitable for diving and I am thinking probably a vinyl liner due to cost and low maintenance but would not be opposed to fiberglass or gunite if it did not add too much to the cost. We have a construction background and acted as the GC when we built our house but unfortunately don't know any pool subs.
Has anyone else in the Raleigh area done an owner-build and would you do it again? Did you use subs who specialized in pool construction for things such as electrical and plumbing or would a plumber/electrician who usually does residential home construction be able to do it? Any suggestions for finding subs other than finding pools under construction and approaching whoever is working at the time? Also, any idea as to what costs/savings we are looking at? Any comments, suggestions, recommendations and/or advice is welcome and greatly appreciated.