Well, it's looking like for the second time in my 58 years on this planet that I will have a pool in the back yard.
Basic info is size: 16X36 shotcrete in what the builder (Intercoastal Pool & Spa in Melbourne FL is the PB I went with) is calling a geometric shape (my design, based on a modified "L"). Swim-out, bench, umbrella sleeve in deck, no spa, for both space and cost considerations. Approx 16K gallons; 440 sq ft surface area; 6 foot max depth. Pretty much all Pentair products: VS-3050, C&C 200 filter, IC40 SWG, etc. No piping smaller than 2" except for the 1.5" return fittings in the shell walls. Around 700 sq ft in total deck area (110 already there is being merged w/new and it's all getting an acrylic top coating). Waterline tile is OWS-336 from Noble Tile, and the interior is a quartz aggregate called BlueStone from Marbletite (a Florida based pool finish & stucco company).
Money is a bit limited at the moment so they are pre-plumbing a couple of water features, but just capping off the runs to avoid digging the yard back up again once the money tree blossoms (hope they don't damage the tree when they put in the pool). I have been looking into solar heat, but so far the local boys want too much for the install, so that may end up being a DIY project. FYI, one estimate is over $5.9K for 320 sq ft of panels and I can source 400 sq ft of Plastic Magen panels w/install kit for approx $2.8K in the local retail market. I think ~$3K labor seems high to me for a one day, one crew job in FLA these days (of course YMMV). Probably in the fall we will also add on a heat pump as we intend this to be a year-round use pool (and yes we will use a solar cover).
Currently guessing ~ two weeks before the dig begins - they have to get some papers filed with the county (notarized Notice of Commencement), then gain town approval of the plans, prove insurance to the town, get building permits etc. They also have to get public works to buy off since I've worked a deal where the PB can come onto my lot from city owned property and I can avoid getting my front yard all torn up. All in all, it will be a good two weeks worth of bureaucratic work for them so I just have to try and stay patient