So my current pool is my very first one - we built it with a pool builder. Given the cost, time, and initial "learning period", my wife and I often lament about whether or not we should have bought a house with a pool already built, and have vowed to never "build" a pool again, with maybe one or two exceptions (e.g. it's our dream house and we want a dream pool to go with it).
So, for those of us having gone down the initial build process - would you do it again? For me, my next house must already have a pool, unless it is exceptional and the lack of a pool is the ONLY downside.
Not that my building experience was particularly bad; it was quite good actually. I just wouldn't care to expose myself to the expense (an investment with no return), time (9 months to a year from conception to "first swim") and stress (dealing with contractors).