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Old 04-13-2017, 07:26 PM   #151
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I built my own 7 months ago. I am a contractor and have seen several built over years on my projects.

The one advantage is time. I built a 33k gallon pool in 21 days. It turned out great but I don't think I saved any money end the end. My Diamond Brite plaster doesn't look all that great either. I my replace soon. The sub wasn't certified per the rep. So no warranty.

If I had it to over again...no pool lol.

I spent 90k cash between pool landscape and fence. It adds up quick! All pentair equipment


33k gallons dive pool
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:33 PM   #152
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Oh and a Gas fire pit. 600 just for rocks!

And a custom designed rod iron fence.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:16 PM   #153
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If it's any consolation, it looks really nice!


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Old 04-13-2017, 08:18 PM   #154
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What do you not like about your plaster? I was thinking an aqua blue or blue ocean pebble sheen


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What do you not like about your plaster? I was thinking an aqua blue or blue ocean pebble sheen


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It's a custom mix for one. Takes two colors of material to get ours. I don't think he mixed it well. The hot tub is perfect. I now am told the best finisher does the tub.My biggest complaint would be the trowel finish work was sloppy. You can really see around the lights.

They came back drained pool and ran a sander and acid on while pool. Now it's got areas of Polish quarts vs areas of rough exposed aggregate look.

If I did it again I would have went with Pebble technology.

I will give you a suggestion though. We also have fountains on the long wall. We used a 2 1/2 horse stand alone pump for this and the relief jet is back level on a seat in the pool. This thing is amazing when cranked. It's a very deep tissue massage on lower back. It also moves some water. Dang near strong enough to swim againt.
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Do you have a separate booster for your hot tub?


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Looking great with the gunite on it, keep em coming.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:43 AM   #159
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Any updates on this one ?
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:08 PM   #160
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Nothing glamorous, just a few blisters on my hands and a backyard full of ****

Just spent the last couple of hours busting forms off. I chose not to hire a crew to clean and remove the forms. Now I have piles of dirt, gunite, etc scattered about. Hindsight, it would have been $ well spent. Oh well.... Wife has changed her mind on stone colors about three times this week. I think after today we have that nailed down. Equipment should arrive any day now, ordered all that Monday morning. Hoping to make some good progress next week. Not really sure how much it matters, but my gunite guy said to give it 10 days before starting the coping, tile so we did. Wonder how the HOA would feel about a roll off dumpster in my driveway
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Looking good! My neighbor contracted his out several years ago.He said he saved a little over $10k.

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Old 04-23-2017, 03:12 PM   #162
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Roll off dumpster should look nice and make the neighbors happy
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I built my own 7 months ago. I am a contractor and have seen several built over years on my projects.

The one advantage is time. I built a 33k gallon pool in 21 days. It turned out great but I don't think I saved any money end the end. My Diamond Brite plaster doesn't look all that great either. I my replace soon. The sub wasn't certified per the rep. So no warranty.

If I had it to over again...no pool lol.

I spent 90k cash between pool landscape and fence. It adds up quick! All pentair equipment


33k gallons dive pool
Hot tub
Soil condition
1300 feet stamped concrete. Wraps around house.
Ouch.......I am 34,000 gallons with 1,500 square feet in cool spray decking, firepit & bench and a pavilion for less than $60K soaking wet. My two primary bids were $90K and $102K........huge savings over the local pool builders!
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Nothing glamorous, just a few blisters on my hands and a backyard full of ****

Just spent the last couple of hours busting forms off. I chose not to hire a crew to clean and remove the forms. Now I have piles of dirt, gunite, etc scattered about. Hindsight, it would have been $ well spent. Oh well.... Wife has changed her mind on stone colors about three times this week. I think after today we have that nailed down. Equipment should arrive any day now, ordered all that Monday morning. Hoping to make some good progress next week. Not really sure how much it matters, but my gunite guy said to give it 10 days before starting the coping, tile so we did. Wonder how the HOA would feel about a roll off dumpster in my driveway
I got your PM. I texted my buddy for any coping guys he knows as mine was slower than paint drying.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:38 AM   #164
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Made some progress the last couple of days.

Equipment arrived yesterday. Plumber/electrician will be here Wednesday morning.



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I'm still working the tar outta the little guys!



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Old 04-29-2017, 10:44 AM   #166
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This is all wrong. You might as well fill it with dirt.










Looks really good! Looking forward to see how much you will save. Based on the few people I know who got pools, this is going faster then theirs did.
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:47 PM   #167
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Stonework will be finished today. Plumber/electrician will be here in the morning.




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Old 05-05-2017, 05:36 PM   #168
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Looking good!


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Old 05-05-2017, 11:06 PM   #169
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Looks good. Hopefully still under budget
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Looks good. Hopefully still under budget


We good!

My boys keep asking me to leave the backyard like this!



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Old 05-06-2017, 01:19 PM   #171
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Coming along nicely!
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:05 PM   #172
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Thanks!


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Looks good! What did you decide for plaster?

We are doing wetedge satin matrix pebble instead of quartz. They plaster on Tuesday and we are almost done.

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Old 05-07-2017, 05:03 AM   #174
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Looks good! What did you decide for plaster?

We are doing wetedge satin matrix pebble instead of quartz. They plaster on Tuesday and we are almost done.

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Pebble sheen. Aqua Blue

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Old 05-07-2017, 08:19 AM   #175
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Keep the pics coming. Looks good
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Old 05-07-2017, 09:13 AM   #176
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Looking good! Coming along nicely!


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Old 05-10-2017, 08:35 PM   #178
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Snagged a few more pics today. Plumbing and elec is 90% done. They're waiting on the stone guys to get the fire bowls in. Deck is going in tomorrow and Friday. Hoping to plaster Monday. I think today is day 33 since we started so we're mocking my along nicely. I bought travertine early this morning and had it delivered around noon.



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Travertine is going good



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Old 05-12-2017, 09:08 AM   #181
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Coming along nicely, looking back at my pictures I was about 45 days to pebbletech. Then it took them close to 60 days to come back to fix knock out items with rock guys and decking guys.

Just hold onto that final cash until you are satisfied with their final product.

Can't wait to see your pool finished with the fire bowls. I think Aqua Blue was the other color we debated on using.

Have y'all decided on landscaping? You going to go tropical palms or Mediterranean look?
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Looking nice Coby, them boys are staying busy I tell ya!
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Is the trevertine going to get slippery when it gets wet? Looking good BTW.
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The travertine looks fantastic!
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Old 05-12-2017, 10:31 PM   #185
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Thanks for the comments guys! I sprayed water on a test piece before we started and didn't notice it being slippery at all. Seems like every person you talk to has a different opinion on what's more slippery or hotter than the others. Deck is complete. Just need to plaster and get the coping and fire bowls on the columns. A few pics of the completed deck




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Thanks for the comments guys! I sprayed water on a test piece before we started and didn't notice it being slippery at all. Seems like every person you talk to has a different opinion on what's more slippery or hotter than the others. Deck is complete. Just need to plaster and get the coping and fire bowls on the columns. A few pics of the completed deck




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Is that travertine laid on a concrete sub base or on a sand base ?
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Is that travertine laid on a concrete sub base or on a sand base ?


I guess you could say both, it was a concrete base and then they used sand on top to level it, then polymeric sand between the pavers. Thoughts? I had quotes from both options so I went to an acquaintance that did it this way 5 yrs ago and there was no shifting in his.


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I guess you could say both, it was a concrete base and then they used sand on top to level it, then polymeric sand between the pavers. Thoughts? I had quotes from both options so I went to an acquaintance that did it this way 5 yrs ago and there was no shifting in his.


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I would have gone concrete then mortar between concrete and stone. Just my two cents. Pool looks really good so far.
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I would have gone concrete then mortar between concrete and stone. Just my two cents. Pool looks really good so far.
They did put mortar over my existing patio for the thin pavers but the other way for the thicker ones. Also has a concrete, cement border around the outer edges.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:39 PM   #190
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Looks great waiting to see the pics with it complete and full. Congrats on being able to be your own contractor and save some $$$$.
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It looks good, if I did that up here in this red clay crap we have i would have a mess. Looks like your build is going well, good job.
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I cannot WAIT to P in your OOL!!
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So you are going to invite all the close TBH'ers over to check it out when its finished right? lol!
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Looks like you are in Wildwood south of Tomball?

If so I am right by you. When's the party?
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You are not going to save 20-30 percent unless the subs give you contractor pricing, most will not because if their builders find out they may get canned. You still have design cost, permits plus your time over seeing the project, I am telling you, I have been in this business since 1984, if you build a 70K dollar pool I would be very surprised if you saved 7K, then you have to put up with the mistakes you made and also worry about getting subs back out to fix things. It all sounds good but there just is not that much profit in a pool, these builders do numbers so they do ok when they build 40-80 pools a year, now there are some builders who do really high end pools, they make some money on those but we are talking 150K and up. Maybe the Houston market is different but the two operations I own in Dallas / Fort Worth and Austin / San antonio are that way, good luck to all you owner builders, hope it works out well for you.
You own (2) swimming pool companies in DFW and Austin? Whats the name of your company in Austin, I am in the market for one in Dripping Springs.
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1 more day! Fire bowls and a few finishing touches on the coping tomorrow. We filled it yesterday. The equipment rep came by today and we started the pumps. It got really murky at that point. A few pics below.


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That is a great looking pool! Those boys are gonna enjoy the heck out of that this summer. If I ever build anotther pool there's no doubt I'll sub it out myself. Congrats and enjoy!
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Photo shopped..Can't be done.

Lol! Looks awesome!

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