Hi all - I've been reading this site for some time, and am very thankful for all the content.
We are in the slow, methodical process of designing a pool and selecting a pool builder. Having met 3 builders, we are finding wide variations in design recommendations and having difficulty selecting who is the one to go with. Having been on both ends of "request for proposals" as part of my work, I felt using such a grid might help. And who best to get input on the design of the grid than all the experts on this site?
If it matters, we live on the west edge of the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. Wife and I have four children, ages 9, 8, 6, and 4, and two med sized dogs. We are tired of going through these AZ summers without a pool! We've never had a pool before except for the cheap walmart above ground temp types. We basically want a ~40x20 foot pool, 9 foot on deep end, with waterfall/grotto/jumping rock, 2 baja steps, and if finances line up, a sunken bar and Spa. Other more specific items you can see below. Some of the items we can mandate a certain way, such as volume of cool deck or # of umbrella sleeves. Just trying to keep it as equal as possible in certain areas.
Hope this works - please send any comments on the grid items below, or comment on items missed.
Total Cost - stratified by component/items below.
Specific details for each of the items below. (ex: number of jets for spa, BTU's for heater, number of umbrella sleeves, sq feet of cool deck, type of fence)
Base cost/construction of pool - includes what exactly? amount/type of re-bar used, gunnite or reg cement (?)
40x20 flowing design; 2 baja steps. 9 feet deep on deep end. Sitting benches on sides
waterfall/grotto - height, width, grotto bench dimensions. Waterfall water volume.
cool deck type and sq feet
extra rock in few places (real, fake?)
sunken bar (with or without roof? Electric/gas outlets, sink, etc.)
spa, heating (gas) - # of jets, sq feet
lighting with remote (LED, etc., colors)
cleaning (cartridge filter) system (infloor jets)
pump (size, speeds)
Upkeep costs for items above, such as cost of cartridge filter replacement every x years. infloor jet replacement post warranty, etc...
Warranty - again, stratified by each of the items above - what is covered for how long - is it fully covered or is labor not included.
Company reputation - years in existence. check BBB and references. How many pools have they built in past 2 years. How many included spa's, bar's and grotto/waterfalls. Any websites to check for financial stability of these companies?
Construction - how long to build; onsite (english speaking) supervisor how often. % outsourced work - what is outsourced exactly. Removal of gravel, dirt, landscape recovery (landscape drip lines replaced?). Drip line support while cut off.
Contract - how much is specifically listed in the contract they deliver? Up front cost amount and paid stages. Penalties for delays? Intangibles. Flexibility of changing if needed.
Thanks again for any feedback. Sorry for the long first post. Hopeful that this is a beneficial exercise, for us and perhaps for others. If something like this has been built on this site or elsewhere, do let me know!
RawhideKid, Phoenix, AZ