This website is dedicated to homeowners just like yourself who are interested in building your own In-ground Gunite (IG) swimming pool. In Phoenix, Arizona, Owner/Builders as a group are the 3rd largest group of pool builders behind Shasta Pools (#1) and Paddock Pools (#2). What does it take to build your own pool? Well, on this website, you'll find out why so many homeowners are bypassing the traditional way of hiring a professional pool builder and going the Owner/Builder route instead.
I'm a homeowner just like you who was looking to have a pool built by a professional. After much research, I discovered that I wasn't getting the kind of pool value that I thought I could get. And thats where my story begins. This website chronicles my discovery of an amazing alternative: the Owner/Builder option of building a pool. It documents my journey of finding out everything there is to know about subcontracting out a pool as an Owner/Builder. Here are some pics of the finished product.
Maybe you've wandered onto this website after hearing about people who have contracted out their own pool and have done so successfully. Your curiosity is piqued because of the thousands of dollars you've heard that you can save, but you're unsure if this is the option for you. You''re unsure of whether or not you can cut it acting as the General Contractor. Well, you've come to the right place.
On this website, you will find tons of information on pricing out your pool, the features and options to consider, how to break down a pool builder's ad to see what you are really getting and how much you are paying for it. You'll also find practical tips on how to design your own pool and the necessary things you'll need to include in your pool drawing when you send it in for bids.
You will see in detail each of the various trades involved with subcontracting out a pool project, how each trade is performed, and what is involved with being the General Contractor as an Owner/Builder. It also goes in depth into other aspects of the project like the overall process, the financials, the plans, and a lot, lot more!
With that out of the way, there are a couple of different ways that you can use this site. You can jump around and click on the topic of interest to you - reading each section as an independent piece - or you can read the whole sordid tale in sequential order like a narrative (at the end of each section, click on the link that takes you to the next section. You'll go through my whole project in sequential order doing it that way). If you choose to do the latter, you can start here with the Introduction.