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Posted: 6/12/2009 8:34:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 8:35:58 PM EST by HoustonHusker]
OK

What are the typical price ranges of in-ground pools...we're thinking about putting one in, but we don't want to spend a fortune doing it.

Anyone experienced with the process and pricing?

HH

ETA: Are there any national companies that you'd recommend....any locals for the TX folks to chime in on?
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:35:21 PM EST
Ours was 32-34K.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:37:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Ours was 32-34K.


Wow...I'm not talking about a super-duper setup...just a pool that is somewhat small and you can still do laps in. Water basketball/volleyball is what our goal is.

HH
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:40:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 8:40:49 PM EST by marksman121]
Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Ours was 32-34K.


Wow...I'm not talking about a super-duper setup...just a pool that is somewhat small and you can still do laps in. Water basketball/volleyball is what our goal is.

HH


It was done about 6 1/2 years ago so I have no idea if the cost has gone up or down. But ours has a double waterfall, PebbleTech cloating and a diving rock. My wildass guess: A 5-6' rectangle lap pool- 15K??

ETA- Not sure if the hot tube cost was included in the pool estimate. So YMMV.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:44:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Ours was 32-34K.


Wow...I'm not talking about a super-duper setup...just a pool that is somewhat small and you can still do laps in. Water basketball/volleyball is what our goal is.

HH


It was done about 6 1/2 years ago so I have no idea if the cost has gone up or down. But ours has a double waterfall, PebbleTech cloating and a diving rock. My wildass guess: A 5-6' rectangle lap pool- 15K??

ETA- Not sure if the hot tube cost was included in the pool estimate. So YMMV.


You certainly have a kick-ass pool setup. 15K for a pool––or so––would fit our needs just fine. We don't want/need a garden-type pool, just something where the girls don't have to go to the subdision pool to have fun and be able to swim.

Nothing fancy...just a family pool where the neighbor kids and ours can gather and have fun.

Any suggestions on any *builders* that are nationally known?...or is local the way to go?

HH
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:46:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Ours was 32-34K.


Wow...I'm not talking about a super-duper setup...just a pool that is somewhat small and you can still do laps in. Water basketball/volleyball is what our goal is.

HH


It was done about 6 1/2 years ago so I have no idea if the cost has gone up or down. But ours has a double waterfall, PebbleTech cloating and a diving rock. My wildass guess: A 5-6' rectangle lap pool- 15K??

ETA- Not sure if the hot tube cost was included in the pool estimate. So YMMV.


We're toying with the idea of a built-in hot tub...but it's not nearly as important as the pool itself.

Would be nice though for dad and momma.



HH
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:51:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 8:51:54 PM EST by marksman121]
We used Premier Pools. They were very good and finished a day or two early.

This link explains the process.
Premier Pools & Spas

The hot tub was an above ground Beachcomber but they went out of business and now another company is using the same name IIRC.


Are you going salt water?
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:56:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
We used Premier Pools. They were very good and finished a day or two early.

This link explains the process.
Premier Pools & Spas

The hot tub was an above ground Beachcomber but they went out of business and now another company is using the same name IIRC.


Are you going salt water?


Marksman, you've been a great help...not really sure what we're gonna do yet, we're exploring right now. I'm going to check out Premier right now...surely they have some branch in Houston that could come out and give us an estimate.

Thanks bud

HH
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:57:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
We used Premier Pools. They were very good and finished a day or two early.

This link explains the process.
Premier Pools & Spas

The hot tub was an above ground Beachcomber but they went out of business and now another company is using the same name IIRC.


Are you going salt water?


Marksman, you've been a great help...not really sure what we're gonna do yet, we're exploring right now. I'm going to check out Premier right now...surely they have some branch in Houston that could come out and give us an estimate.

Thanks bud

HH


No problem. Hope it turns out well.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 9:00:31 PM EST
40k
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 9:42:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 9:50:23 PM EST by Qweevox]
30-40k for your average gunite pool
15-20k for your average vinyl pool

You can also get an inground fiberglass pool but I have no idea what they cost.

To me the gunite pool is the way to go, however a lot of people opt for the cheaper vinyl lined inground pools. With vinyl pools the liner has to be replaced from time to time. They say they last 10-15 years but I have a couple of friends that have vinyl pools and they've both had to replace their liners several times over the last 10 years.

Like anything in life you can go all out or go economy.

For a small pool plan on your cost to be between $100-200 per month in chemicals and electricity. You can shut the pool down for the winter which can save some money. I guess in colder climates that is probably the norm, however, down here I keep mine open year round.


Link Posted: 6/12/2009 9:45:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By Qweevox:
30-40k for your average gunite pool
15-20k for your average vinyl pool

You can also get an inground fiberglass pool but I have no idea what they cost.

To me the gunite pool is the way to go, however a lot of people opt for the cheaper vinyl lined inground pools. But to each his own.

Like anything in life you can go all out or go economy.


This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 9:49:14 PM EST
In AZ.. for a regular run-of-the-mill pool, you are looking at $15-20k.

As a realtor, even a 1 day old brand new pool will add around $5-7k worth to your home value.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 10:52:52 PM EST
We're toying with the idea of a built-in hot tub...but it's not nearly as important as the pool itself.

Would be nice though for dad and momma.



HH[/quote]


the wife and i just finished this the other day . small waterfall 2 person hot tub with a 14 x 20 rock deck . all concrete and
hand textured and stained . material cost was around 4 grand .



688
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 8:46:43 AM EST
The monthly cost is the killer. My pool in Houston added about 250 dollars/month and if I ran the hot tub about 150 dollars in gas. I only had gas for the pool. Yearly maintaince ran about 3-4 hundred except when the pump died. That was 1250. In Houston if you don't run your pump and keep chems going I will turn green, even in Jan. I would never do it again. Oh and watch out for going for a skinny dip with the wifey at night. We had the pleasure of a few snakes swimming with us. Kinda killed the mood ya know . Lived in Deerfield Village outside of 6 and I-10.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 9:04:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:11:59 AM EST
IF ... you pick a contractor, and
IF ... you sign a contract ...
Add a clause to the contract, before signing, that states that the contractor owes you $100 CASH PER DAY ... for every day that he exceeds the deadline that you agree on.
Here in SoFla, they always said 90 days. When things get busy or complicated or weather holds 'em up or (fill in the blank), guess who is left still waiting and who isn't ? Trust me. CASH. If you want to go with "upgrades" later , OK. But start negotiating because you want to. Not because you're left still waiting.

Stay safe
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:20:29 AM EST
Well I have had different pools over the years and I will tell you to get a salt water pool.

All we do is drop a $8 bag of salt in it ever 1-2 months, and some shock if we let the salt get too low.

Even after a big pool party with my Daughters softball team all was needed was a good cleaning, some calcium and shock.

Maintenance is 10 times easier than a regular pool, I don't know the cost of the pools as it came with the house.

I don't know how much power it takes as I run it year around, and the pump only runs for 10 hours a day.

I just like looking at my pool in the winter months, I hate covering it up.

FREE
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:20:45 AM EST
This would be about 27K, but it's the landscaping which brings it up...

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:22:11 AM EST
Running the circulation pump and sweep every night costs me around $250 per month. Chemicals are maybe $50 per month. Figure two hours per week for maintainence.

Those costs only go up and they never go away.

I've talked several people out of getting a pool.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:22:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By 308Sako:
This would be about 27K, but it's the landscaping which brings it up...

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x160/308sako/DSCN1117.jpg


Isn't evaporation a big issue in NV?
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:26:28 AM EST
Definitely do gunite and salt water. Salt water is so much nicer. Doesn't dry out your skin, water stays clearer, doesn't smell like anything....way better. I wouldn't get the smallest one either, you'll wish you had gone bigger if you do.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:27:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.


Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:28:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By 308Sako:
This would be about 27K, but it's the landscaping which brings it up...

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x160/308sako/DSCN1117.jpg


Isn't evaporation a big issue in NV?



I had a small pool in FL and evaporation is big issue there too.
Pools are like owning a boat

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:29:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By 308Sako:
This would be about 27K, but it's the landscaping which brings it up...

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x160/308sako/DSCN1117.jpg


Isn't evaporation a big issue in NV?



When it's hotter than hell here we can lose an inch a day. Has to be worse in NV.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:33:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
Running the circulation pump and sweep every night costs me around $250 per month. Chemicals are maybe $50 per month. Figure two hours per week for maintainence.

Those costs only go up and they never go away.

I've talked several people out of getting a pool.


Why do you have to sweep and run the pump all night, every night?

Do you have a lot of surrounding trees or something?
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:34:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.




Rub your knee with a cheese grater.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:35:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.




Rub your knee with a cheese grater.



Oh, is your deck and everything done in Pebble Tech? I'd just want to refinish the pool with it.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:37:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.




Rub your knee with a cheese grater.



Oh, is your deck and everything done in Pebble Tech? I'd just want to refinish the pool with it.



Yup. The deck has larger pebbles then the pool through. They have alot of diffrent colors to choose from too. Some pebbles eventually 'break out' of the concrete but that not a big deal. Hard to see.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:42:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:

Yup. The deck has larger pebbles then the pool through. They have alot of diffrent colors to choose from too. Some pebbles eventually 'break out' of the concrete but that not a big deal. Hard to see.



That was going to be my next question. The old pool deck was made out of the pebble bullshit like in the picture below. That stuff started coming up and it hurt the hell out of your feet. I finally got sick of it and redecked the pool with flagstone which sparked a huge building project in the back yard that's lasted for the last 9 months.

In any case, I don't want to have to deal with any of that stuff again if there's any chance of a bunch of the pebbles coming loose.




Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:44:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Ours was 32-34K.


Wow...I'm not talking about a super-duper setup...just a pool that is somewhat small and you can still do laps in. Water basketball/volleyball is what our goal is.

HH


I would estimate 15-20K for that...I don't have much experience though.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:55:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.




Rub your knee with a cheese grater.


They have a product with smaller, smoother pebbles. I think it's called Pebble Sheen and yes, it costs more.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:57:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

Yup. The deck has larger pebbles then the pool through. They have alot of diffrent colors to choose from too. Some pebbles eventually 'break out' of the concrete but that not a big deal. Hard to see.



That was going to be my next question. The old pool deck was made out of the pebble bullshit like in the picture below. That stuff started coming up and it hurt the hell out of your feet. I finally got sick of it and redecked the pool with flagstone which sparked a huge building project in the back yard that's lasted for the last 9 months.

In any case, I don't want to have to deal with any of that stuff again if there's any chance of a bunch of the pebbles coming loose.


http://www.waterproofdeckcoatingadvice.com/1510%20Zelzah%20Encino%20004.jpg



Leave the stone then. Every couple of weeks I just wash the deck with the hose to get any of the loose ones off.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:58:48 AM EST
Anyone else have/had a 'RayVac' pool sweep? Ours just died and we had to buy a new one. But its the 'car' shaped one.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:05:01 AM EST
this thread has made me deside not to get a pool
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:07:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

This and Pebble Tech. The plain gunite is kinda cheap looking. But the Pebble Tech is nasty to slip on.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vamh5t.jpg




What exactly do you mean "it's nasty to slip on"?

I've been thinking about doing Pebble Tech next year since I'll have everything finished around the pool this year.





Rub your knee with a cheese grater.


They have a product with smaller, smoother pebbles. I think it's called Pebble Sheen and yes, it costs more.



Prizm Blue Pebble Sheen
LOVE IT
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:08:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
this thread has made me deside not to get a pool


no kidding
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:12:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By luvpilot:

Prizm Blue Pebble Sheen
LOVE IT
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c314/Luvpilot/finished/8ff208eb.jpg



Do you also have problems with the pebbles coming loose in the pool? I have no interest in using it for the deck since the flagstone is awsome, I just need to refinish the pool.

I love the dark blue and want whatever I end up doing to be the same color.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:12:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dunragit:
Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
this thread has made me deside not to get a pool


no kidding



Yall don't know what you're missing

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:16:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By FREEFALLE7:

Well I have had different pools over the years and I will tell you to get a salt water pool.

All we do is drop a $8 bag of salt in it ever 1-2 months, and some shock if we let the salt get too low.

Even after a big pool party with my Daughters softball team all was needed was a good cleaning, some calcium and shock.

Maintenance is 10 times easier than a regular pool ...

FREE



Wow ... didn't even know there was such a thing.

Sounds pretty cool.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:35:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 11:41:13 AM EST by luvpilot]
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By luvpilot:

Prism Blue Pebble Sheen
LOVE IT
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c314/Luvpilot/finished/8ff208eb.jpg



Do you also have problems with the pebbles coming loose in the pool? I have no interest in using it for the deck since the flagstone is awsome, I just need to refinish the pool.

I love the dark blue and want whatever I end up doing to be the same color.



No loose pebbles. Smaller pebbles that are then polished. Not quite as smooth as plaster but damn close. The newest product is PebbleFina.
Pebbletec




Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:42:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Dunragit:
Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
this thread has made me deside not to get a pool


no kidding



Yall don't know what you're missing



a pain in the ass? I have a pool on base I can use, and i have the gulf of mexico with white sand beaches about a half a mile from my house
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:47:51 AM EST
Ours is a 18x36 8ft deep. We paid 25K back in 2000. My wife said, that see didn't want one unless it was enclosed, so I bite the bullet and had it enclosed a week after they put in the pool. She is a smart lady, no leaves, stays clean, no bugs... Enclosure 8K. The wife had total knee replacements (both knees at the same time) in 2002 and I had a heat pump installed on the pool which helped with her recovery... Heat pump 2.5K. The heat pump allows us to start swimming around April 15, through October. When you enclose a pool, about 25% of the suns rays is blocked, which means the pool here in Northwest Florida never got above 82. That's a little too cool for me to swim in. Hot Springs HT... 6K. One of the best things I ever bought. I use it every day. Helps with my back pain.


Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:49:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By Dunragit:
Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
this thread has made me deside not to get a pool


no kidding



Yall don't know what you're missing



a pain in the ass? I have a pool on base I can use, and i have the gulf of mexico with white sand beaches about a half a mile from my house




Then why were you thinking about getting a pool?
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:50:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By luvpilot:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By luvpilot:

Prism Blue Pebble Sheen
LOVE IT
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c314/Luvpilot/finished/8ff208eb.jpg



Do you also have problems with the pebbles coming loose in the pool? I have no interest in using it for the deck since the flagstone is awsome, I just need to refinish the pool.

I love the dark blue and want whatever I end up doing to be the same color.



No loose pebbles. Smaller pebbles that are then polished. Not quite as smooth as plaster but damn close. The newest product is PebbleFina.



How much did the Pebble Tech cost, if you don't mind me asking?

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:57:01 AM EST
I have an 88 perimeter foot gunite salt water pool pool that has a 7' deep end an it cost me $24,000. The pool company I used SUCKED to work with. My family gets a ton of use out of it in the spring, summer and most of the fall.

Nothing like jumping into the pool after mowing the lawn to cool off.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:58:51 AM EST
This is why you get a salt water pool and a timer so the pump only runs 10 hous a day

Also get one of the little rovers(we call ours sqirt) to ride around the bottom of the pool to clean it.

I used to do the cleaning and chemicals etc...at least until I got this salt water pool.

FREE

Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
Running the circulation pump and sweep every night costs me around $250 per month. Chemicals are maybe $50 per month. Figure two hours per week for maintainence.

Those costs only go up and they never go away.

I've talked several people out of getting a pool.


Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:59:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Anyone else have/had a 'RayVac' pool sweep? Ours just died and we had to buy a new one. But its the 'car' shaped one.


I have a Polaris. Same one I've had for 9 years now.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:02:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By FREEFALLE7:
This is why you get a salt water pool and a timer so the pump only runs 10 hous a day

Also get one of the little rovers(we call ours sqirt) to ride around the bottom of the pool to clean it.

I used to do the cleaning and chemicals etc...at least until I got this salt water pool.

FREE

Originally Posted By Tonkaman:
Running the circulation pump and sweep every night costs me around $250 per month. Chemicals are maybe $50 per month. Figure two hours per week for maintainence.

Those costs only go up and they never go away.

I've talked several people out of getting a pool.




Ours is a salt water system also. We have the Chloramatic and it works great. Much better than regular chlorine.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:12:29 PM EST
Think about it long and hard before you put one in.

For one it will raise you're Insurance and may lower the home value.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:15:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By mmajunkie:
Think about it long and hard before you put one in.

For one it will raise you're Insurance and may lower the home value.



Not in Texas! It's fucking hot here!

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