First time pool owner going owner builder route

1stattemptOB

New member
Mar 30, 2021
3
Gilbert, AZ
Hi everybody!

We are in the pre-construction phase of owner building a new pool in the Gilbert/Mesa area of Arizona.

I've read through a lot of content where people have done the same and I'm curious if there is anybody in the area going this route right now (or has recently...I'm thinking COVID-era). If so, I'd love to hear your experiences and advice.

Looking forward to talking more!
 

Silvio

Well-known member
Jun 22, 2020
64
Gilbert/AZ/USA
Pool Size
14000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Hi neighbor! The most important now is to find how you want your pool to be in your backyard: location, size, format, features and deck type. I recommend posting here a rough drawing if you are not 100% set. I did that and I got excellent feedback that changed my design for the better.

Timelines will vary wildly depending on contractor availability, my timeline is below. In some steps I was lucky to get an early slot, in some I had to wait a week or two. My experience is that contractors will get you in the schedule only when you are ready. For example, plumbers wouldn't allow me in the schedule until after the pool was already dug out, shotcrete wouldn't scheduled until after I passed city inspection. They will happily give you a quote though, so you have an idea of the cost.

Feb 5-6: Excavation
Feb 9: Plumbing
Feb 10: Rebar + Rough Electrical
Feb 11: Inspection (Passed!)
Feb 18: Small plumbing rework finished for shotcrete
Feb 26: Shotcrete
Mar 2-10: Tile, Coping and Deck
Mar 9: Electrical
Mar 12: Inspection (Passed!)
Mar 23-24: Pebbles
 

1stattemptOB

New member
Mar 30, 2021
3
Gilbert, AZ
EXTREMELY helpful tidbit about getting on the schedule, that changes how I think about it for sure.

I do have a plan drawn up however there are some things that I wouldn't mind changign so I'll be sure get that posted here as well. One of those things for instance is the in-floor cleaning system, I've seen a handful of East Valley folks that really feel the robots do just as good a job, so I'd definitely consider scrapping it if that's truly the case.

Also it's really nice to be able to see your timeline (y)
Thanks so much!
 

clambert1273

Gold Supporter
Jun 13, 2013
1,110
Gilbert, AZ
Pool Size
12000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool Edge-40
We love our robot, he does very well including all the leaves during spring
 

Sofiamia

Member
Jun 22, 2017
5
Chandler, AZ
Hello, I am also in the process of an owner build in South Chandler; I obtained my permit from Maricopa county and am now trying to figure out the exact placement in my yard and the layout of inside of the pool; Baja Steps, steps, bench, water feature, depths, decking, exact equipment, etc.. I also called AZ811 to make sure no utilities pre-dig; Love some input and to share contractor lists ...
 

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