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Pool Builder
updated: Jun 18, 2014, 10:34 AM

We are thinking of building a pool. Any advice on what you would or wouldn't do as far as design? And who would be your recommended builder?

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Macaluso PoolsPintado PoolsTri-County Pools

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 COMMENT 528901 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 10:37 AM



 COMMENT 528902 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 10:40 AM

I would recommend that you not build it, since there isn't any water to put in it.


 COMMENT 528907 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 10:51 AM

If you want to build a pool, build a pool. Pintado Pools built mine about 4 or 5 years ago. Outstanding job. Just like I wanted it and easy to work with. Highly recommend. Which ever company you choose, have them give you local references of other jobs so you can see their work. Pintado did this.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 11:00 AM

I've been thinking of building one of those redneck swimming pools I see on Facebook with all of the HayBales around it..


 COMMENT 528940 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 11:45 AM

902, it can be built and not filled.

But honestly the drought has not hit the point where pools are drained/ turned off. Its posters water bill, and really it is almost like a personal reservoir. Water isnt "wasted"

I just drove by oak park and the city kid pool is open. I like the natural pools people are building these days. Good luck on the build OP.


 COMMENT 528964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 12:16 PM

Within the the City of SB, the Stage 2 Drought means you'll have to get special permission to fill the pool, which they may not grant. It seems like a bad time to use all that water. If your patient however, you might be able to get it built cheap and fill it later when the drought is lifted.


 COMMENT 528965P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 12:17 PM

This is about Montecito, but makes some good general points:
"Other Montecitans have contracted with such companies as A-1 Water in Goleta, Aqua Truck Inc. in Santa Barbara, and Jimenez Nursery Inc. to import private water supplies. On one development application under review at the district, A-1 Water estimates it would cost $1,700 to deliver 20,000 gallons of water for a new pool.
The district has stopped providing water for new swimming pools or for topping off existing pools, Mosby said, but it does not have jurisdiction over non-district water.
“We don’t like it,” he said. “It’s still water from a groundwater basin on the South Coast. From a social consciousness standpoint, the entire community is suffering from a water emergency and people are trucking in water to fill their pools? Does that speak for itself?”
The trucking doesn’t sit well with neighboring water districts, either. Beginning October 1, all South Coast water districts, including Montecito’s, are facing a 55 percent cut in their allocations from Lake Cachuma, the main water supply for the South Coast."

The whole article is good:


 COMMENT 528986 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 12:48 PM

1 Stop Pool Pros has a local franchise. Call 888.751.1777, ext. 2901
I agree that you can design and build now, and then fill and use when the drought is not so bad.


 COMMENT 528996 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 01:35 PM

Macaluso Pools. Long time local pool builder


 COMMENT 529006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 02:16 PM

Re design: I have had several pools and would strongly suggest that, no matter HOW pretty it would look there, do not place your pool close to (or heaven forbid, below) trees. Notice where the leaves fall. Be at least 30 feet away from the tree.It's hard to get leaves up with the vacuum, and they stain the bottom. Next: consider building it shallower than typical. Four feet is good. People tend to congregate where they can stand in the water, not where they need to tread water. It will require less chemicals and less heat, and be easier to clean, while being plenty deep enough to swim laps. Last point, builders will try to talk you into a three foot concrete walk around pool, because concrete is expensive, but you want to have enough space to put lounge chairs and/or patio table and chairs, and 3 feet is not enough.


 COMMENT 529014P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 02:50 PM

I used Pintado Pools and would NOT recommend them.


 COMMENT 529058 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 05:06 PM

I second Macaluso but I also question why you would at this time no matter if you have the money to fill the pool.


 COMMENT 529072 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-18 08:52 PM

Village Pool Builders…hands down the best around, long time local business. Duane and Jerry have been doing it right for more than twenty years. Nice guys and true pros, you don't want cheap equipment that fails or has warranties with no backup. They will do you right.


 COMMENT 529081 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 04:20 AM

If you are serious about building a pool, I also recommend Village Pool Builders. In my 30+ years building homes, I've found them to give the best advice and provide the best finished product.


 COMMENT 529102 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 08:02 AM

Tri-County Pools does a beautiful job. I personally know the owner, he is a stand-up guy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He designs a lot of the pools for montecito homes and his pools have been featured in both magazines and dream home books.
You can see a few pictures on Yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/tri-county-pools-carpinteria


 COMMENT 529113 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 08:34 AM

Before using Macalusa you better do some local research. In planning a pool location there are lots of things to consider besides falling leaves and vegitation. You also want to make sure that flowering plants that attract bees are not close by and consider the route of the sun during winter and summer pathways across the sky. Also, if possible, construct it below the ground level of the house. My former secretary had a pool at patio level in the Northridge earthquake and a large amount of pool water flew out of the pool and broke every window and sliding glass door on that side of the house causing about $15,000 in damages.


 COMMENT 529125P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 09:03 AM

*sigh* Bees do not randomly seek out and sting humans. Proximity of flowering plants to a pool should not be a problem unless someone who has a bee sting sensitivity starts swatting at flying bees.

Succulents are good choices because of little leaf litter and low water use, plus have dramatic architectural foliage to set off a pool.


 COMMENT 529199P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 01:12 PM

Don't use California Pools. Hacks...


 COMMENT 529224P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-19 02:43 PM

Macaluso Pools has a great website if you're looking for ideas, macalusopools.com They've done 2 pools for us over the years, and we we've been very happy.


 COMMENT 650708P agree helpful negative off topic

2015-09-29 07:49 AM

Has anyone used Jay's Pools? The owner is Jay Everson. I would like some feedback on his company. This is for a refinishing job on an older pool with a hot tub area



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