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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.


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Tips To Save Money On Your Custom Pool Installation

by Edwin Johnston

Are you a homeowner who wants to have a pool installed? Are you looking for ways to save money on your custom pool project? Here are some ways to make sure that your pool doesn't go over budget:

Turn the safety fence into a DIY project: Learn how to put up a fence by taking classes at your local hardware store. By installing it yourself, you can work on it bit by bit in your spare time on evenings and weekends. This way you can have the safety fence set up before you fill the pool for swimming. 

Discuss your needs with your custom pool designer: If you need a 35' pool in order to do laps, then the length is an important part of your planning. However, if you want the pool for general fun and socialization, ask what the price difference would be if your pool was 30' or less. If you don't plan on doing any diving, then consider omitting the deep end and diving board entirely.

Give away the unneeded dirt: If your custom pool design requires dirt removal, consider advertising "free clean fill" on websites that offer free ads for buying and selling. Construction sites often need fresh dirt and you'll save money by not paying someone to haul it away. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to find someone willing to pay you for the privilege of coming to your house for the dirt that you don't need.

Build patio later: If your custom pool design includes a poured concrete patio, consider dividing up your plan into two projects. The first step will of course be the complete pool installation. Then, in a year, you can have the patio have the patio built on. In the meantime, you can make do with pavers and umbrella tables while saving up for the outdoor room of your dreams. 

Examine your heating options: Create a spreadsheet of the various costs incurred by using gas, heat pumps, or solar heating. Make sure to include projections of heating times, and efficiency during cooler weather. Also, try to project the circumstances in which you'll be using the heated pool. Will you be swimming laps every day, no matter the weather? Or do you only want to take a quick dip twice a week or so during the fall months? Deciding how you will use your pool will enable you to select the best heating method for your situation. Click here for more information on custom pool design.