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Old 06-19-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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Wife and I are thinking about getting a pool and spa installed this winter. Not looking for anything too crazy. Thinking about a rectangular pool approx 10'-12' wide by 18'-20' long with a spa and possible simple water feature. Pool depth 3' to 5'

We are problem gonna start talking to builders toward fall. Any ideas on approx cost and recommended builders. Located in Taylor, TX which is about 30 mins north east of Austin
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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Search for pools and there is a wealth of information from tbh.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:18 PM   #3
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Just get you one of those big round cattle troughs Ashton.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Just get you one of those big round cattle troughs Ashton.
Lol! Thanks for the advice Jeff not sure the wife will go for that tho!
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Go look at a couple pools that size and you'll prolly change your mind.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:22 PM   #6
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We have met with several pool builders, and I think we are going to go the route of doing it ourselves and getting it done by next Spring. Look into www.byop.net.

Maybe we can save some money doing them both at the same time??
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Go look at a couple pools that size and you'll prolly change your mind.
I hear ya, but we aren't really looking for a pool to swim laps... mainly and place to cool off.. kinda a larger version of a plunge pool
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I hear ya, but we aren't really looking for a pool to swim laps... mainly and place to cool off.. kinda a larger version of a plunge pool
I got ya, the temp will be one of the problems with that size
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I hear ya, but we aren't really looking for a pool to swim laps... mainly and place to cool off.. kinda a larger version of a plunge pool
Just remember that a smaller pool isn't going to provide much "cooling off" during the Summer. It would be more like a hot tub.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:27 PM   #10
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We have met with several pool builders, and I think we are going to go the route of doing it ourselves and getting it done by next Spring. Look into www.byop.net.

Maybe we can save some money doing them both at the same time??
Thanks Adam, what builders did you meet with? What was the main reason to build it yourself, cost savings?

If we start it probably won't be until January, still need to workout some details
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:34 PM   #11
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Thanks Adam, what builders did you meet with? What was the main reason to build it yourself, cost savings?

If we start it probably won't be until January, still need to workout some details
I would have to look at the cards - I think 5 guys. The volume pool builders were very unoriginal with their pool designs - ignoring our requests - they were also very unconcerned with our expansive soils and shallow groundwater, which scared me off.

The more custom guys were very expensive, but I really liked them. Their markup including their supervision was around 30-40%. We decided that we could get a lot more for our money doing it ourselves. But we are also looking at doing a pretty large and unusual pool.
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just remember that a smaller pool isn't going to provide much "cooling off" during the summer. It would be more like a hot tub.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:38 PM   #13
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With the size pool you describe the water may become too hot to swim in when temps reach 100.

Rectangle pools are much easier to buy accessories for.
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I would have to look at the cards - I think 5 guys. The volume pool builders were very unoriginal with their pool designs - ignoring our requests - they were also very unconcerned with our expansive soils and shallow groundwater, which scared me off.

The more custom guys were very expensive, but I really liked them. Their markup including their supervision was around 30-40%. We decided that we could get a lot more for our money doing it ourselves. But we are also looking at doing a pretty large and unusual pool.
Shallow ground water is a very good point, I think the static water level in my well is probably 7' or 8'..
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I got ya, the temp will be one of the problems with that size
Heat pump can cool it down.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:43 PM   #16
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Shallow ground water is a very good point, I think the static water level in my well is probably 7' or 8'..
Our new well hit water at 10' and is producing over 60 gpm. I have a crazy design in mind to help with that, but several of the volume builders won't do it. I want to build the pool with an exterior wall and the water level actually 2' or so above grade - and build up the grade in some areas to have some of the pool on grade. If that makes sense.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:50 PM   #17
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Our new well hit water at 10' and is producing over 60 gpm. I have a crazy design in mind to help with that, but several of the volume builders won't do it. I want to build the pool with an exterior wall and the water level actually 2' or so above grade - and build up the grade in some areas to have some of the pool on grade. If that makes sense.
Thats awesome! Our shallow well probably is only 10' deep and water at 7'... before I decided to connect my irrigation system to it, I placed a gas pump running about 80gpm for an hour in September 2015 and it didn't evening drop the static level. I had have my 10 station system running 21gpm per station all last summer and never had any water issues... hopefully this continues..

I get your pool design... how deep a pool you planning to build? I don't plan on deeper than 5'
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:04 PM   #18
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With the size pool you describe the water may become too hot to swim in when temps reach 100.

Rectangle pools are much easier to buy accessories for.
We may go better, prelimary planning stage right now... pool will recieve shade probably 1/2 the day
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Also the location I want it is kinda limited on space due to proximity to a large pecan and ash tree
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My brother just had one done near Houston, roughly 25'-0"x12'-0" and max 6" depth, with hot tub. Looking at 50 to 60 grand with minimal stone work, and a cool deck on 2 sides only. Just for some reference for you.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:18 PM   #21
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Wife and I are thinking about getting a pool and spa installed this winter. Not looking for anything too crazy. Thinking about a rectangular pool approx 10'-12' wide by 18'-20' long with a spa and possible simple water feature. Pool depth 3' to 5'

We are problem gonna start talking to builders toward fall. Any ideas on approx cost and recommended builders. Located in Taylor, TX which is about 30 mins north east of Austin
Look up Shane at Capital Custom Pools, tell him H & H referred you, if you cannot get number holler and I will call and get it for you.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:54 PM   #22
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I can get you the number of a friend of mine's father. He's in Cedar Park so not too far away. At least in Taylor it's not rocky like Georgetown!
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I can get you the number of a friend of mine's father. He's in Cedar Park so not too far away. At least in Taylor it's not rocky like Georgetown!
No but you will probably need piers which is an additional cost.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:42 PM   #24
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We are problem gonna start talking to builders toward fall. Any ideas on approx cost and recommended builders. Located in Taylor, TX which is about 30 mins north east of Austin

better budget $50,000
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:05 AM   #25
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Anyone recommend any other pool builders in the Austin area
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Not sure what type of pool or how nice your wanting to go but check out Yeske Pools. My BIL had them do his and turned out nice imo. Nothing fancy an a different style than most but alot cheaper as well. He went with a 3030 round.
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:26 PM   #27
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My advice is to research all pool types then find a contractor. There are pros and cons of all types.

Whichever way you go tell them they are paying to remove the rock, if they find it. My contractor swore up and down Pflugerville didnt have rock where i was.......they chipped out over 2' of it.....on thier dime.

We went fiberglass for the cost over time. I will not recommend my contractor as all he did was show up, take my check and never saw him again. After that it was just his guys i saw......even after all the problems we had. We finally got it right over the phone, but you shouldnt have to have high blood pressure when you are paying that much for something. All i asked was for it to be done right.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:56 PM   #29
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Anyone recommend any other pool builders in the Austin area
I'll get you a contact number tomorrow or Monday.
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Southpaw Pools. The owner will be on your job every day.
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