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Checking a high quote for San Francisco Bay Area

16 years ago

I am just starting to solicit bids for pool construction. I live in Marin County north of San Francisco (where construction costs are always high!) I'm planning an in-ground gunite pool that is an irregular L shape with an attached spa. The size is:

pool - 30' long, 10'x10' on one end and the rest is 20'x7'

spa - 4'x7', same level as pool but with raised coping

I've requested these items as part of the bid:

quartz or pebble surface finish with 1x1 tile edging

stamped concrete decking/coping (large patio plus down the side of the house - a lot of concrete)

salt water system

solar heating

in-floor pop-up cleaners

in-pool lighting

This job will also require breaking up existing stone patio and concrete. A small tractor will be needed due to small size of yard entry.

I received my first quote from Blue Haven in Sonoma. I almost choked when I saw the price. The "base" was only $38,000. But, adding on all my requirements jacked it up to $82,000!

Of course, I will be getting more bids, but, I'd like to hear from others in the Bay Area to find out if this is normal pricing.



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