Celebrity Homes > Swimming Pools

When you have money, the pool comes to you. Some celebrities have indoor pools so that never have to leave the confines of their home. The are glamous and ritzy, but usually pretty simple in design. The pool is heated to comfortable a temperature so it's always pleasant to take a dip.

Celebrities have the opportunity to relax, only on a rare occasion. They are able to lounge poolside by lush and luxurious surroundings. The pools ususally include waterfalls, and beautiful landscaping, recreating the outdoors, with a peaceful environment.

Due to celebrities hectic lifestyle, they are often forced to stay in hotels. We know a five star suite is no picnic, but at least they keep the pool comfortable. With indoor and outdoor swimming pools with complete privacy available. Cabana's can be rented for parties and often more than one hottub is available.

What should you know about during the swimming pool construction process?

First of all, the contract for your swimming pool construction should call for the work to be performed in accordance with all applicable building codes. As a general rule, a building permit is required whenever structural work is involved or when the basic living area of a home will be changed. Swimming pool construction falls into these categories. The contractor should obtain the necessary building permits, and this arrangement should be spelled out in your contract. Otherwise, you may be held legally responsible for failure to obtain the required permits.

After you've signed a contract, and even after work has already begun, your contractor may offer suggestions that will change your original ideas for the work. If you have discussed added work, substitutions of materials or equipment, or changes in the completion date, make sure that clearly worded and signed "change orders" reflect this.

In most cases, you will be living in your home and using your yard while work is ongoing. Be aware of the many inconveniences that may occur. To gain access to your yard for construction of a pool, the contractor may have to remove or damage some existing landscaping or fencing. Before work begins, ask your contractor what inconveniences will occur, then plan for them.

During the construction process, keep a job file of all documents related to your project, including the contract and any change orders, plans and specifications, bills and invoices, cancelled checks, lien releases, notes and correspondence, and photos of the job in progress.

It is also a good idea to keep a record of sub-contractors, the dates they were on the job and the work they performed, and to document material deliveries.

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Hiring a contractor to build a swimming pool and working with them in construction process is not something you do every day, and it is a huge investment of your time and money.

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors and illegal activity is to write a contract.

Make sure everything is in writing -- assume nothing. Although you might believe that a "contract" should look like a contract, anything you sign could be used as authorization to go forward with your project. This means that any bid you sign may become the contract; therefore, do not sign anything until you completely understand what you are signing, and you agree to all the terms.

Be sure to ask questions until you fully understand the contract and what the work will look like. Before signing anything, you may wish to discuss the proposed contract, plans and specifications with an attorney.

Since a written contract protects both you and the contractor, all agreements should be put in writing. A specific, detailed contract will help eliminate misunderstandings between you and your contractor and help establish a "meeting of the minds." Among other elements, the contract must include a description of the work and the materials and equipment to be used.

Also, a plan and scale drawing of the shape, size, and dimensions must be included as part of your swimming pool contract.

Make sure everything you are paying for is described in the contract. Specify all materials to be used, such as the quality, quantity, weight, color, size, or brand name as it may apply. Also, include everything you feel is important to the job, including clean-up and removal of debris and materials. You may give instructions regarding pets, children or areas where materials may not be stored.

The State of California recommends that a contract to build a swimming pool should include the following basics. Regulations for contracts in your state may be slightly different, but the general points apply. (For more detailed information on swimming pool and other home improvement contracts in California, refer to the booklet "Home Improvement Contracts: Putting the Pieces Together and What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor." Order a free copy at www.cslb.ca.gov or (800) 321-CSLB.)

The contractor's name, address, and license number.
The approximate dates when the work will begin and be substantially completed.
A description of the work, equipment, materials, and contract price.
A schedule of payments in dollars and cents, directly referenced to the value of completed work.
A down payment for a swimming pool is two percent or $200, whichever is less.
A Notice to Owner regarding the state's lien laws.
A description of what constitutes substantial commencement of work.
A notice that failure of the contractor, without lawful excuse, to substantially commence work within 20 days from the start date, is a violation of Contractors License Law.
A notice whether or not the contractor carries commercial general liability insurance and the insurance carrier.

Be sure the financial terms of the contract are clear. The contract should include the total price, when payments will be made, and whether there is a cancellation penalty.

Note that the practice of "frontloading" is a major source of complaints against swimming pool contractors. Frontloading occurs when contractors take excessive down payments or take payments for work not completed. This is illegal in California and in other states.

A common example of frontloading with swimming pool construction is taking payment for gunite work (a sprayed concrete mixture) before the job is completed. When you let your payments get ahead of the work, you are put in a precarious position. The swimming pool contractor may ask for 50 percent of the total cost, perform only 15 percent of the work, then abandon the job, leaving you with a big hole in the ground and no funds to pay another contractor to finish the work. Don't let this happen to you -- don't let your payments get ahead of the work.

The final payment may be made at the completion of the final plastering phase of construction, provided that any installation or construction of equipment, decking, or fencing required by the contract is also completed.

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