Recommendations for saltwater pool builder North of San Antonio

We are north-northeast of San Antonio (40min drive.) Does anyone have a recommendation?
We’ve had 3 PBs come out first part of November. Two of the three are still to finalize the designs. Everyone says “I’ll have the plans next week.” Going on 8+ weeks of nothing more than a standard free form design which do not include anything we had requested during the on site meeting.
We had hoped to start end of December or beginning of January. Doesn’t look like that will happen now.
Are we expecting too much?
 

kimkats

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They showed you they don't really want the job for what ever reason :( Time to do some more phone calls. I don't have any suggestions on who to call though. I have to leave that part up to you as you know your area. Blanket your area for pool builder and make a list with phone numbers and notes on who says what. Have you called the three to see what they have to say? Not sure I would waste anymore time on them but you never know.

Goodluck!
 

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We had hoped to start end of December or beginning of January. Doesn’t look like that will happen now.
Are we expecting too much?
I won't try to make excuses for these contractors, but this is a tough period with the holidays and all. Plus, we are entering our wet season, so things will get sloppy and chilly for the next couple months. I'm like you, I expect a reply if they want my business, but stick with it.

When you say north/north-east, are you more up 281 or I-35?
 

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I agree with Pat that Dec/Jan isn't a great time to start in Texas. But I'm surprised they are all so unresponsive. What are you asking them to do? They may not think you are really serious or your pool may be way out of their "wheelhouse" so they know it's not likely to be very profitable Vs their other clients. First step for you should be to figure out what you want in enough detail that you can find bidders that "fit" and communicate it to them in a way that they are attracted. One of the best sources of bidders is from satisfied pool owners in your area that have similar pools at least in size and features. Doesn't need to be exact defined design. Size, shape, type and major features are OK at this point.

One of the worst things you can do is end up with a pool builder that really doesn't see your job as attractive for them compared to other clients. Sometimes they take this kind of work as "filler" to keep their best crews working. But it doesn't usually work out well for the buyer. So hang in there, keep on searching. Find the right builder for you and I am quite sure he's out there. I would also talk in-person to the builders to get their perspective. Keep it professional and non-confrontational. You're just trying to understand. Questions should be something like this:
  • What is the kind of pool you like to build?
  • How many pools in my area have you built and what were the specs?
  • What about my pool is so unattractive to you that you don't seem to prioritize my project?
You're not asking them so you can "convince" them to bid your work. They clearly don't want it and therefore you shouldn't use them. But you can try to confirm why all 3 are so unresponsive and figure out if there's anything you can/should do about it or were they just not the right bidders for your pool? This may or may not help you in communicating with additional bidders.

I hope this helps.

Chris
 
I won't try to make excuses for these contractors, but this is a tough period with the holidays and all. Plus, we are entering our wet season, so things will get sloppy and chilly for the next couple months. I'm like you, I expect a reply if they want my business, but stick with it.

When you say north/north-east, are you more up 281 or I-35?
Thanks for the reply.
We are between 281 & I-35 but closer to I-35.
 

Edc1911

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I live in the San Antonio area. We schedule with four PB's around mid December of 2018. Three showed up, and we got designs from two of them. The PB was able to break ground 2/13/19 and took 8 weeks to finish. The PB we went with does not do saltwater, so I installed a chlorine injection.
 
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Edc1911

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Having the spa, there is the option to heat the pool with the Jandy NG Heater. It will take one hour to increase the pool temp by 1 degree. But having the spa there is no reason for me to try to heat the pool. I was in the spa last night, it took 45min for the spa water temp to go from 58 to 100 degrees. If you don't go with a spa, i wouldn't get the heater to heat the pool.
 
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We have a gas heater and solar even down in S Florida. But we swim a LOT even in winter. About 9 months all we use the gas for is the spa. In winter we use it for both... we see it on the gas bill then but only need to run a couple hours even for the pool since we swim so often. I guess it's hotter in S Florida but we're still glad we added the gas heater.
 
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Having the spa, there is the option to heat the pool with the Jandy NG Heater. It will take one hour to increase the pool temp by 1 degree. But having the spa there is no reason for me to try to heat the pool. I was in the spa last night, it took 45min for the spa water temp to go from 58 to 100 degrees. If you don't go with a spa, i wouldn't get the heater to heat the pool.
Thank you for the input. We are debating between a pool with spa, or a pool with a separate therapeutic hot tub. We like the appearance of the pool w/spa but know we will use a separate hot tub more than the spa. Hmmmmm
 
We have a gas heater and solar even down in S Florida. But we swim a LOT even in winter. About 9 months all we use the gas for is the spa. In winter we use it for both... we see it on the gas bill then but only need to run a couple hours even for the pool since we swim so often. I guess it's hotter in S Florida but we're still glad we added the gas heater.
We would only use the (natural) gas for the pool approximately 3 mos of the year.