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Owner/Builder #6 - PB from Chandler, AZ Posted on Monday, September 03 2007 @ 13:44:50 EDT
PB 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)
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:
3' x 4' x 7' playpool
brick paver decking / coping
large rock waterfall (2-pipe feed)
salt water chlorinator
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!