Considering Self-Build looking for advice Dallas area


Well-known member
Jul 5, 2017
Wylie, Texas
Hi Everyone!
I will be moving soon to a new house we are building. I put in a pool 3 years ago and said I would never do it again. Alas you should never say never. I am considering this time around to GC it myself. It was quickly apparent that our original builder was just using a bunch of subs for the vast majority of the work. I think now that I have gone through it I know what I like and dislike enough to do it my self. One concern I have is we will now be a little out of the way outside city limits in Greenville Texas. I am a little concerned it will be tougher to get subs. I have flipped houses acting as the GC and have enough construction knowledge to be dangerous so I think I can handle it. There is a local pool builder that actually has a DIY consulting service where they do the design give you sub referrals and will come out and inspect each phase. I am considering that as an option as well. My one big concern and I totally get that it is the trade off for not paying a PBs mark up is if something goes wrong after the build you will have to go track down subs instead of a PB company. Would love to hear feedback from others that have done it especially if you happen to be in the Dallas area.


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TFP Guide
Nov 12, 2017
Central California
I like the consulting idea. They'll think of things you won't. Little details that might make a big difference. To your other concern, don't be fooled. This forum is filled with threads about GCs that don't stand behind their work, so a GC doesn't guarantee you won't have any problems making right the shoddy work done by some sub! Good luck with your project. You're already off to a great start by soliciting advice from here. There are folks here that can advise you through the whole build (you probably already know that)...