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Cody Pools Tops List of Top 50 Pool Builders in the NationAugust 28, 2013
POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine, published by Hanley Wood, LLC is the largest publication in the swimming pool and hot tub industry. Each year, POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine names the Top 50 pool builders in residential construction. The Top 50 are a prestigious line up of the pool industry’s best performers and provide a good example of how to run a successful building company. The list of Top 50 Pool Builders can be found at www.PoolSpaNews.com.
“We are honored to be included in POOL AND SPA NEWS’ Top 50 list and to have the #1 overall ranking, says Mike Church, President, Cody Pools, Inc. “The Top 50 includes an impressive list of pool building companies and we are privileged to be named to this select group. Thanks to the healthy Texas economy we’ve been able to see noticeable growth over the past several years. We expect to build over 600 pools this year and have expanded our operations into Dallas and Houston Texas”
Before you dive in, read these tips on putting in a poolAugust 23, 2013
By Michele Chan Santos
Special to Statesman Solutions
The sparkling centerpiece of Catherine and Sterling Howry’s backyard in West Austin is a lovely 6-foot-deep, negative-edge swimming pool. A swim-up bar, shallow child play area and spa complete their backyard retreat.
Cody Pools designed and built the Howrys’ pool. Sterling Howry, who works in the commercial construction business, wanted their pool to be a fun, relaxing place that serves as a visual anchor for their home. From the picture windows in the living room, you can see the deep blue mosaic glass tiles shimmer under the water.
At Catherine’s birthday party recently, guests enjoyed drinks while swimming. “We’ve created a space for our family,” Catherine Howry said, “and we also like to entertain. If you’re thinking about it, you should put one in.”
Central Texas, with its blistering summers, warm fall and mild winters, has pool-friendly weather nearly all year. According to Cody Pools, industry data indicates that for the past 10 years, about 1,500 pools have been built each year in Central Texas. That means 15,000 new pools in the Austin area just since 2003.
So what do you need to consider before putting in your own pool?
Mike Church, the president and CEO of Cody Pools, and Richard Coan, senior designer and sales manager of Oasis Pools, gave the Statesman tips on what homeowners should think about before starting the process of building a pool.
1. Make sure your builder is a reliable one. The pool industry is not a licensed industry, Church said, so there are disreputable pool builders out there who take advantage of homeowners. “Some builders are not ethical, and they get paid and don’t do the work. Do your due diligence,” Church said.
He recommends looking at the website of The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (www.apsp.org) to find a good pool builder. APSP certifies its members to make sure they meet high standards of service, performance and ethical conduct. On their web site, go to “Find a Professional” and enter your ZIP code. Membership in the BBB (Better Business Bureau) is also recommended.
2. Locate your property survey. The pool designer who comes to your property to do an estimate needs a copy of the survey so he or she can figure out where underground wiring and public utility easements are, and factor those in the plan for your pool, Coan said. You normally receive the property survey with the closing paperwork when you buy a house.
3. Remember impervious cover regulations. Impervious cover includes driveways, roofs or other areas where rainwater cannot penetrate the ground. In some areas of the city of Austin (depending on the zoning), homeowners cannot put more than 45 percent of their lot beneath impervious cover. So if your house already covers 45 percent of your lot, and the patio around your new pool would cover another 10 percent, the city will not allow you to build your pool unless the design changes. The pool itself does not count as impervious cover, but a limestone deck around it does.
4. Think about what kind of pool is right for you. Do you want to swim laps in it? Want a waterslide for the kids? Or would you just like a spa, a swim-up bar and a shady place to relax? Knowing what you want will make it easier to fit the pool of your dreams into your budget.
5. Remember fencing. Depending on what city you live in, there are different regulations about what type of fence you are required to have if you own your own pool. Generally, Coan said, it can be a wooden privacy fence, but it can’t be a chain-link fence because that can be climbed.
6. Safety first. For families with children, an automatic pool cover, safety fences or products like Katchakid Pool Safety Nets are important.
7. Design your pool so you will use it. Sterling Howry loves that his pool is right by the house, where his family can see it and spend time in it. “Don’t put it down a slope somewhere where you can’t see it,” he said. “It’s great to use it every day.”
What determines the price of a pool? Well… that depends
- Shape and size: The larger the pool the greater the cost is obvious. The price for the vessel is based on the internal volume of the hole. That is derived from the perimeter, the area, and the depth.
- Elevations: It is easier and therefore less expensive to build a pool on level ground than on the side of a hill. Considerations need to be made for structural integrity and lot drainage. Flatter terrains such as those around Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston generally don’t require the same amount of excavation as in Central Texas.
- Access: The type of excavation equipment that can come in and operate will be a factor. It is more cost effective to excavate with a backhoe and load directly to a dump truck than to shuttle the spoils to the street with a bobcat.
- Equipment: The equipment consists of pump(s), filter, and sanitation systems, floor cleaners and heaters. There are many options. Your choice may be to spend a little more up front and gain long term savings by using high efficiency equipment.
- Utilities: The pump(s) will require electricity. Getting the service to the equipment area will vary from project to project. If a gas or propane heater is in the plan, the fuel line will need to be run to the equipment area. That will also vary.
- Features: Water falls, spas, fire pots, etc. will also vary from project to project.
- Materials: There are many options for pool interiors, deck toppings, coping stones, and rock work. Prices vary.
As one of the top pool builders in Texas our expertise from over 18 years of designing and building high-quality and low maintenance pools in Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Killeen and Waco areas can help you realize your dream pool at the right price.