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Why you should build your own pool ... Posted on Saturday, May 15 2004 @ 12:20:46 EDT
Topic: News and Updates
Why should you? What are the benefits of acting as the GC as an owner/builder? Is it worth the effort? Here's the bottom line ...
You save a ton of money - Please take some time to look through the financial pages of this website. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much you stand to save. For me personally, I estimate that I saved betw $10K - $15K doing the pool myself. You can go through my detailed cost analysis/break down. I would gladly do it again in a second. Obviously, the bigger the pool, the more you save, but even at the entry-level starter pool, the savings is still around the $3K range - not bad for making a few phone calls.
You have fine grain control over all the aspects of pool construction - I know this may not be as big a deal for some as others. Some people just want water in a whole so that they can swim. But others, like myself, care about the nuances of how the pool is going to be constructed and want to provide input into that process. It could be as simple as telling the decking sub that you don't like the shape of the overall deck and to enlarge it (or make it more round, ...). Or it could be that you want fine grain control about how your waterfall flow should come out a certain way when you turn on the pump. Whatever your requests are, being the GC gives you the power to make these requests of each of these subs - and to make it on the fly in many cases. I hear a lot of knocks against the owner/builder method because of the time involved dealing with the subs. The funny thing about this argument is that most people I know who have built a pool using a professional pool builder ended up working with their subs the same amount of time (if not more) as those who go the owner/builder route! In fact, many have found their field supervisor to be more of a nuisance than a help because they were either 1) unavailable when they needed them 2) unable to communicate their desires to the subs accurately or in a timely manner and 3) unwilling to make simple changes due to the hassle of the additional paperwork or changes to the contract that would have to be made. More time and effort was necessary because of the need to do everything through a middleman.
The construction quality of the pool often exceeds that of even the best pool builders in your region - how is that possible? This is one thing that people don't realize yet. They somehow think that by doing their own pool, they are accepting an inferior product. That couldn't be further from the truth. Just about every professional pool builder in industry sub-contracts out their work to build their pools - its a cost issue. Their profit margin increases dramatically. By subbing the work out rather than absorbing hugh start-up expenses in training and running their own crews, it adds big money to their bottom line. As an owner/builder the trick is to find those same subs and have them do for you what they do for the pool builders. You ask them to give you the same thing as they give the builders, which they will be happy to do. Can you imagine getting the same skilled crews that work for the best pool builders in your region and paying essentially what it cost these builders? Would that would be a coup or what?