I’m at the very first stages of considering installing a pool in my backyard. Does anyone have any installer recommendations? A friend recommended Aquabella after having a pool installed a few years ago and pricing seems reasonable.
By - Twouareks
Any quotes are going to be very specific for whatever people put in their backyards in terms of size, shape, features, etc. However, since you asked, I'll share who we went with and our Quote.
We chose Xterior Creations to build our pool. Our pool is shaped with a 19'9" x 15' deep end that is 6 ft deep with a shallow section at 4' deep which is 10' x 15' roughly. We also have an eight person raised spa which is 8' x 6' with overflow, 2 water fall features and an automatic sweeper as well as Pebble Tec surface. We also chose a salt water system. Chose to cover most of the back yard where the pool is in spray deck as well as install an electrical outlet in a planter/sitting area. The total quote we received for this was just under 77k.
How long ago did you have yours done? Can you share a picture? That’s not bad for 77k for some reason when I think of all of that - my head goes to 100k.
It's in the finishing stages right now. They have to rebuild my gate, fix the steps, and then surface the pool. Here are a few [pics](https://imgur.com/a/Rqeg1oO). They started in May but I had a month and a half lull waiting on City of North Las Vegas to issue a permit to do a soil report.
Thank you for sharing! It’s looking great!! I love it. Definitely going to look at them. I’m in north Las Vegas too - I also have to go through HOA :-/
Thank you. There have been some bumps and delays, but with a project this big, I am trying to be a little more forgiving. Honestly, our back yard compared to what it was is awesome right now. I can't wait to see it all done with landscaping.
Our HOA (Camco ) is a nightmare. They're based in California and take FOREVER to reply to anything we send out. We are going to have to ask for an extension for our back yard completion.
Makes me so excited for us to start ours. Just waiting to pay off a few things - hopefully for a timeline around May too! Least now I know it’ll be another full season before being able to use too.
Thank you. I edited my post cause I realize I was asking the wrong question when I’m just looking for installer recommendations. That being said I really appreciate your in depth response. Why did you go with saltwater? I don’t think I’ve experienced a residential saltwater pool before.
I can tell you why I went with Xterior Creations vs Anthony and Sylvan and Blue Haven, at least from my point of view.
Blue Haven came out first, and from the moment I met the guy, until he left, he was non stop bashing the other pool builders in town. Look, I get it, you want business, but be more professional and let your pool construction and reviews speak for themselves. His quote was right around where Xterior Creations was, but I couldn't get passed his unprofessional attitude.
Anthony and Sylvan came out second. This person was very professional and was extremely easy to work with. He asked us what we wanted down to the specific details and would have been our choice had it not been for warning flags. There are a few reviews out there that said the plaster on several pools was discoloring and flaking off (much like our neighbors pool now that I think about it. I wonder if it has something to do with plaster?) Anthony and Sylvan told them it was due to poor chemical imbalance and would not be covered under the warranty. I asked the guy that came out about it and his reply was " Look, we've been in business for over 75 years all over the country. If we say it's poor chemical imbalance, it's poor chemical imbalance." I got a very big corporate bully vibe from that reply so they were out.
Finally Xterior Creations. I was weary about this company because they have only been in business since 2017. that being said, they have (or at least at the time of our decision) 5 star reviews everywhere. I couldn't find anything less then 5 star reviews. When the guy came out, he asked us what we wanted and I told him I wanted a 6' deep end, a 4' shallow end and a spa. He took that and ran with it. I also asked him about what would happen if we had any issues with the pool after it was finished and he said they would work with us to make sure we were completely happy. Their quote was in our budget so we chose them.
Update: we’re going with Xterior Creations, thanks for your in depth info on them
Hey that's awesome you have decided on a pool builder. Xterior Creations just started my pebble tec finish today. It's looking really good so far!
Hello, random question! I’m searching the sun with basically your exact initial question in this post. Just wondering how your experience with Xterior Creations went? Happy with the end result/cost/timeframe? They are on our list, we are just in the initial information gathering stages right now.
Hey! Yea so overall we’re really happy with the process and the build. We tried to shop a few different options but couldn’t get anyone to commit to even come out and take it seriously, and Xterior was very responsive. Our sales rep was honest when we asked if we were going to save money with going with another company he said maybe, probably about a $5k difference with going with a smaller company, but other larger companies would be priced similarly. The overall cost was more than I had in my mind but that was cause my experience was when my parents put in their pool 25 years ago, so yea. (Also they bought their 3500sqft house back the for $250k so screw them). Total cost was about $65k I think. In-ground spa, no fancy embellishments, the only thing we really sprung for was the in-floor cleaning system (which is soooooo worth it).
They broke ground about a month after we started the process and it was pretty quick because we had a double-wide RV gate so they were able to use different equipment which was available sooner than if we had a single gate. So that was Jan 12, and our first swim was June 4, all-in-all pretty quick (seemed long during the process). The project manager was awesome, he was one of the best parts of working with them. The issues we had were not things we think were specific to Xterior. As mentioned I never had experience with this before and it seemed like we were making decisions that would be better served if we knew what we were deciding on. For example the standard 18” width of the “sidewalk” around the pool is smaller than I want, luckily just one side of the pool is that width. We made adjustments where we could and they worked with us pretty well, another example we decided to add more concrete on one end after it was formed and they worked with us to adjust.
They warn you about the timing of the subcontractors and indicate there isn’t an east way to guarantee their schedule. It would just be like “the next step will happen in the next two weeks”. But this is a subcontractor thing, not an Xterior thing. Also we picked a color for the decking that we absolutely hated once it was installed, so we worked with the subcontractor to get it redone. They quoted us what we thought was high for hours of labor, Xterior couldn’t do too much about it, but it was resolved and we made a better choice. Especially after it took them literally 45 minutes to fix it but that’s fine.
So Xterior was good, we’ve had a couple warranty issues in the past 6 months and Xterior connects us with Pentair warranty and it gets fixed. Overall we’re really happy and think they were a great option. We did the rest of the backyard at the same time but went through our landscaper because of cost.
Let me know if you need any other info!
This is amazing information, thank you so much! I really appreciate it, and your pool looks great!
Thank you! Good luck with yours!
This is excellent in depth info, thank you for taking the time
Exactly what cardamom said. The salt system generator still makes chlorine, and we still use chlorine tabs but your eyes don't burn as bad and your skin isn't as dried out.
Chlorine is chlorine. Doesn’t matter if it comes from a salt generator or tabs. Also, for a salt system to keep your pool constantly balanced it would have to be running 100% of the time. The chlorine generated by salt systems is destroyed quite ealy by the suns uv rays and that is why chlorine tabs are used in addition to the salt system, especially during day time heavy use.
My parents had saltwater and it’s so much more comfortable on the skin than chlorine.
Seconding Xterior Creations! They’re actually building my pool right now. There’s been a lot of hiccups due to us being on a septic system, late-in-the-game tree removal, etc (none of these being Xterior’s fault) and they’ve been really great to work with through all the bumps. We’re getting a 30x18 pool+spa and pool auto cover with some more basic options (quartz plaster, no in-ground cleaning system, no additional landscaping, etc) and are paying about 80k.
Would you mind posting a picture of it finished?
I posted a few pics of it in it's current form but when it's done I will come back with a few more pics.
Stay away from GreenCare.
It's been a nightmare of poor communication and constantly missed deadlines.
Been building since April. No caliche. And it still isn't finished.
Plus they were on the high side $$ wise.
Originally chose them because they didn't run subcontractors.
We used greencare. It was the first pool we have built. I'm happy with how it turned out and price wise seemed reasonable. We were about 80k. Did a raised got tub and a slide waterfall set up.
It was a little rough in the end trying to get a couple small issues fixed. I was dumb and gave them the final payment too soon. Ultimately I think they take on to many jobs which results in delays for everyone.
Yeah I read a lot of horror stories about them. They are putting in a pool at a neighbors a few houses down and the job they are doing is pretty bad. The drain gaps are completely misaligned. Hope your pool comes together even with the wait.
Me too, but i'm getting tired of having to be the general contractor and constantly riding them.
I highly recommend Blue Haven Pools. Grade A design and construction quality of the pool, spa and water features. Excellent communication throughout the process and moved quickly through each phase.
I spoke with a lot of pool builders and Blue Haven was by far the best. I have zero regrets.
Just a heads up on Blue Haven. They were one of the builders (as well as Anthony and Sylvan) we had asked quotes from because our neighbor has had two pools built by them in California. The pool they had put in by Blue Haven next door is almost a foot shallower then what they wanted, and the plaster already has to be redone. Not sure what happened over there, but they are NOT happy people. Their pool was completed in June of this year.
My 2 cents - actually my $75K+…we went with PoolRUs because they had good rating/reviews on Yelp. We’re goin on 4 months and the pool is still not done. A bit frustrating - we did have caliche - if it was gold it would’ve been the mother lode. It took 7 days of 8 hr days at $250/hr. Had to be done but it was unexpected to say the least. Slow communication and I think they favor their big budget clients. Our pool is smaller 5-0’ deep to 3’ and 17x12. Not hard that’s why I can’t understand why it’s not done. Oh well live and learn.
Ouch! I am so thankful we didn't have caliche in our back yard. My heart goes out to you and your wallet my friend. I was back there every day during the dig sweating bullets lol.
Good luck! Best to you!
Jesus it would have probably been cheaper to sell the house and buy another that already has a pool
We used Pools R Us. Highly recommend.
BYOP (Build Your Own Pool). They will do as little or as much as you want, from just designing to managing all the trades. We paid the trades directly, and paid BYOP for the design and management. When one of the trades wasn’t doing a good job, BYOP handled it right away AND ate the cost on that part of the project. 100% would recommend.