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Owner/Builder #6 - PB from Chandler, AZ
Posted on Monday, September 03 2007 @ 13:44:50 EDT
Topic: Construction
ConstructionPB was a reader who sent a brief email to me about his completed project last month. I couldn't turn his email into a full story as he didn't provide a lot of details. However, he did provide a summary of his project that I thought would still be highly useful to the rest of you.

Pool Builder Cost?????: $39,000
(avg bid across all builder quotes) ??????????
Owner/Builder Cost??:?$28,000

Total Savings: 28%?:?$11,000

Construction Duration: ~1 month
(permit -> swim: June 29th - Aug 5, 2007)

Here are some of the specs of PB's pool:

  • 100' perimeter
  • 3' x 4' x 7' playpool
  • brick paver decking / coping
  • large rock waterfall (2-pipe feed)
  • salt water chlorinator
  • Navigator cleaner

PB mentioned in his email that the pool construction industry has slowed way down and is currently operating at about 40-50% of what the normal business is this time of year. He didn't say where that estimate came from, but it falls in line with the information I received from the subcontractors I interviewed this summer from California. No doubt this is due to the 2007 real estate downturn that is affecting many regions with everyone trying to dump their investment homes.

Since I built my pool back in 2002, I've seen the average overall price of owner/builder pools increase 25%-35%. This was partly due to the construction boom that ensued and the accompanying demand for construction services/labor and raw materials overall. PB's data shows that the price for owner/builder pools has somewhat floated back down to 2002 levels. All I can say to the people who are wanting to build their own pools right now: enjoy this time when subs are freed up and business is bad. You will enjoy the lower bids and the extra time they have to provide you top-notch service!

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