I wanted to publish my Build your own Pool guide right away because with the rising cost to build a pool, we can all use to save $7000 to $15000 or more by eliminating the company in the middle!
This is what we did! We saved about $14,000 dollars by following these steps. I have outlined what each item and upgrade will cost so you can make a budget and the exact "how to" process is explained in layman detail.
** Step by Step instructions on what to do First to Last. 13 Steps From Beginning to end. Do you know that you have to have your pool drawn by someone that knows measurements, depth and types of materials and how to sketch that for an engineer? Basically that person needs to be somewhat of a pool architect. Do you know who to call to draw your pool? Do you know what parts you need? Plumbing? Lighting?
**A Picture of my pool drawing and the Engineering.This is the actual drawing by the pool architect so that you know what a drawing should look like with all of the specifications, marks and notations for the engineer.
**A Printable PDF Budget that you Can Fill out. This is a list of items that you need and some that you don't so that you can decide what you want to spend.
**What to do with your plans and drawing once you have them? The guide tells you the next step and then the next and the next in organized fashion so you are comfortable as an owner builder on how to build a pool.
**How to get an owner builder permit. Where to go and what to bring with you is very important to know and it is all in here.
**What subcontractors to hire and how to find them. I walk you through each stage from digging to decking and even how to get a warranty on your pool and the equipment as an owner!
I want to put out the disclaimer, that I am a Real Estate agent and investor and a housewife, not a contractor, and I had zero experience in construction when taking this endeavor on.
I do not claim to know anything in depth about how to build a pool on your own, but intend to tell you step by step about my personal experience in doing this myself and saving my family over $14,000.
We were able to get a better quality swimming pool and also add some upgrades that we would not have been able to afford without doing this project ourselves. So, please remember to go to your LOCAL AREA or our own Las Vegas building department and tell them you want to build your own swimming pool as an "owner builder".
This will save you preventative heartache by getting an exact order of how to proceed. Here is the Henderson City department for Henderson residents.
Laws, codes and regulations vary city to city and state to state, so don't assume the steps are in the same order as mine and you may have other requirements that we did not have in our city. Pulling your permit will give you some guidelines on what order each step and inspection should take place.
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I have included each step in order of my experience. I have offered recommendations based on what choices I made and how I might do things differently if I had to do them over. This guide includes pool drawing and design instructions as well as construction specification examples. There is also a picture of my personal end product so that you can see how successful you can be, or you can just look up to the top of the page at my son and my pool!
Always use licensed contractors! You have no recourse if you don't and no protection if they damage your property. You can request bids from several different contractors by using your drawing and get the best pricing.
You are saving money when you build your own pool by eliminating the pool company, the planner, or middle man so to speak. You are the middle man now, the organizer and supervisor so you don't pay an actual pool company the money they would make by organizing and running this project. This can be a huge amount of money saved!
Plus, you are also getting bids on your contractors and you can look at all of their reviews before hiring which will ensure good work and the best pricing because you are not just settling for what the pool company decides to pay everybody and who THEY choose to hire.
As always, I value everyone's feedback on this adventure. Please send me your comments, photos and ideas on Build Your Own Pool. Have a great day and happy building!
Please send me a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org when you are done, I would be excited to see your finished pool!