Having met with several of the local pool contractors, I met Marc. Marc understood my vision and brought his wealth of expertice and experience to the table to create a one of a kind backyard oasis.
One thing I learned from Marc is that there is more to a pool than a hole with water in it. Selection of the correct pool equipment and automation was as important as the final design of the oasis.
One can not be fooled by all the "Pools Cheap" contractors out there. There is a reason why you need to upgrade that pump, add automation and don't forget about the auto fill feature. After all, you can call Pioneer and get the spring special that comes with a motor that you can hear three houses away, has no floor drains so if your water level runs below your skimmer, you burn out the motor. Oh and they use that cheap 1 1/2" black water pipe. I know you don't see it, but how would you like to break up your deck to replace a piece of this pipe. Install the oversized 2" pipe designed for this purpose.
I would never do a project like this based upon low bid. That means corners and talent are being cut. You might think you are buying a decent pump, when in fact it is substandard. The same goes for the heater and all the other equipment.
Overall, it was a great experience and I can't say enough about Marc's knowledge and professionalism. Marc is very hands on. You deal with him start to finish and he is there for all the critical elements.
I was not an easy customer. You will find that as your yard starts to take shape you will add elements as I did. Marc handles this process very well, even when they are non-traditional elements that task his creativity. It may push your completion back, but you need to understand that if you add major elements in the process, it does back things up. Patience is something you need to have with any major project.
Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed. He is worth the extra $$.