I live in Southern California, USA, and since purchasing my unfinished
house out in the foothills about 6 years ago, I have been constantly
doing various repair, remodelling, and landscaping projects. We are
about to have some decks put on the house and are thinking about
putting in a pool at the same time.
However, I have heard horror stories about the pool construction
process and I am not sure my nerves can take the installation process
(seriously -- I am a nervous wreck!). Expense is also a serious
consideration as we don't have tons of extra cash, and will have even
less cash after the decks are completed.
Then I thought about those prefabricated fiberglass pools, and thought
that they might be significantly less expensive and less nightmarish
to install than the gunite variety. We don't need a large pool at
all...in fact a very small kidney shaped pool would be ideal...so
perhaps, I thought, fiberglass might work well for us.
Alas, after reviewing some traffic on the topic in this and other
newsgroups, it appears that most people have a preference for the
gunite. In any case, any opinions on the matter, or general advice,
or rough cost estimates would be much appreciated! Are there other
materials besides gunite and fiberglass that I should be aware of?
Any advice on how to keep pool construction costs down?
Recommendations for any affordable pool manufacturers anywhere between
Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, are also appreciated.