In recent months, we have become more aware than even before, the sad consequences of choosing the wrong pool builder to construct your pool. We’ve done this pool building thing for a while now, over 40 years actually. We win jobs and we lose other jobs for various reasons. Prospects, God bless them, have to take in all the information given them during the course of design, information, internet research, reviews, BBB info, expert friends that own pools etc. etc. etc. Today’s prospect relies on many available resources to help them determine the best fit for them, isn’t America great? Truth is, many, many pools are contracted and built every day that don’t measure up to customer expectations at completion.
Cases in point, we lost a job in a neighborhood last year where we have constructed 3 pools on the same block. The lost customer bought a competitors pool and thought they had made a smart decision and saved a lot of money. Yesterday, we became aware from a recent victim, they were promised and contracted, a great pebble finish on their pool interior. What they actually got was a quartz finish, which is much less than a quality pebble finish with a greater warranty and customer satisfaction.. What happened to material selections with the customer, in writing? We also recently, had a competitor tell the prospect they could build a pool 30 percent cheaper than Fielder Custom Pools, I WISH! This is ridiculous, I can guarantee, there’s NOT 30 percent profit in any pool!!! That’s where the brilliance ends. After finishing our 3 pools, the thrifty client has been under construction for 10 months!!! At our last drive by, the plaster still hasn’t been installed and their pool sits waiting for water. The customer actually used OUR CUSTOM DESIGN, which is a NO-NO, believing they were getting a better deal. We’ve all heard these nightmare stories and it is completely unacceptable to Fielder Custom Pools.
BUYER BEWARE, what you believe you are receiving from some fast talking, promise making designer with a large company or even a small one, isn’t always going to work out as hoped for. You make your choice at your own peril, good or bad.
No one is perfect though. There is the human element and events, scheduling and weather issues that can always effect the time line for timely completion. Regardess, the job should continue timely and scheduled to fill as soon as possible, start it up and allow you to enjoy what you’ve paid handsomely for, right?
We’re not here to slam anyone. Competition is always good, it keeps the market under control and offers the hard working client, the opportunity to make a smart decision. God bless you all in your decision making journey.
The Fielder Custom Pool Team
At Fielder Custom Pools, we are proud to use the word “custom” because of it’s meaning to us and more importantly, what it delivers to our valued clients. The word custom should not scare a prospect away, in fact quite the opposite. Custom pool simply means many things like:
1. We offer only custom designs. Original, one of a kind designs that fit your backyard area perfectly. (Not some template found on a website or a store shelf)
2. A well thought out and planned idea born in a designers head and brought to life in the customer’s backyard.
3. Experienced, knowledgeable, artistic and creative in approach with design.
4. Taking the prospects ideas, vision and budget seriously.
5. Spending the required time and effort to insure the pool fits the property with proper elevation consideration and added features such as retaining walls etc. to provide for drainage. (Not hitting the client during construction with unexpected items and expenses).
These are just a few items to consider when looking at a true custom builder like FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS. There are other pool builders that use “Custom” in their names but beware, not all are what the name implies.
From the belief that a pool costs too much to operate to the misconception it will go unused, myths about pool ownership abound – and they likely dissuade some homeowners from taking the plunge. If you've been considering adding a swimming pool to your outdoor living space, here are five common myths you may come across that simply don't hold water:
1. Pools are too costly to install
A swimming pool is a significant investment, there's no denying it. However, the cost of a pool will depend on several factors, including the size of your space, the dimensions of the pool and the materials you choose. When compared to other discretionary expenditures such as a family vacation – which costs the average family nearly $4,800 for one week of fun each year – a pool can in fact be a high-value investment that pays for itself in just a few years.
2. It's difficult and costly to maintain a pool
Long gone are the days when operating a pool pump could cost almost as much as running your air conditioning during the summer. Pool pumps and filtration systems are more energy efficient than ever, saving owners plenty of money in the process. Plus, improvements in filtration system and purification chemicals mean you'll need less of them to keep your pool sparkling. In fact, when it comes to pool maintenance, 63 percent of pool owners say maintaining water chemistry is no trouble at all, according to an APSP survey. You can chalk up this myth as false.
3. Pools are not energy efficient
Modern pool pumps require much less electricity to operate than you might think, with energy-efficient pumps using up to 30 percent less power. When compared to other household sources of electricity, swimming pools turn out to be a small percentage of a home's overall energy use. What's more, these systems can be even more cost effective when solar powered. Accessories can help conserve energy, too. For example, using a solar cover on an inground pool when it's not in use can help the water retain heat and keep debris out, which means less work for the filtration system – and you.
4. A pool won't enhance my home's value.
Not true. Buyers like homes that have swimming pools: Among people who purchased a home with an existing swimming pool, an eye-opening 78 percent said the presence of the pool contributed to their decision to buy the house, according to an APSP survey. Depending on where you live, a pool may enhance your home's appeal to prospective buyers even more – especially if you live in a very hot region of the country.
5. If we get a pool, we'll never use it.
In reality, people who own pools say they spend a lot of time in them – and it's quality time. Seventy-six percent of pool owners say they are extremely or very satisfied with their pools. They also consider it the perfect place for gatherings, and believe that having a pool encourages their family to spend more time. Owners use their pools for relaxation, entertainment, celebrations and exercise, and 96 percent say they are satisfied with their pools.
Now that you know these myths hold no water, it's time to learn more about how fun pool ownership can be. Call Dickie today!
Thanks to our friends at APSP who provided this information.
When installing a new pool, most homeowners are unaware of the different types of pool pumps available to them. Using a variable speed pool pump will not only lower your overall energy savings, you might also qualify for a rebate from your local electric company. Fielder Custom Pools is an approved contractor with *Austin Energy who can install a variable speed pump, and depending on the pool owners' energy provider, may qualify for a rebate.
TYPES OF PUMPS
Single Speed Pumps
These are the pool pump most consumers are familiar with, and these are the ones that you'll see in most pools. Single speed pumps are the most affordable pump for pool owners to utilize.
Two Speed Pumps
As you might suspect, the two speed pump uses different speeds. The low speed option is much more efficient than simply running the pump at one speed. This helps with energy costs, but is still inefficient when compared to the variable speed pumps.
Variable Speed Pumps
Variable speed pumps use a permanent magnet motor, like you see in electric cars, compared to the old induction motors used in the single and two-speed pumps. Variable speed pumps have multiple speeds. They work at the minimum speed necessary to effectively clean your pool. These newer pumps allow a pool owner to dial-in the flow rate for their pool. This adjusts the overall friction within the system, making it much more efficient. Variable speed pumps last longer, run cooler, have less vibration, run much quieter and have advanced features including diagnostics. They're also 90% more efficient than the old school one-speed pumps.
* You may be eligible for a rebate from Austin Energy if you purchase the qualified Hayward pool pump from Fielder Custom Pools, and live in the City of Austin, you may be eligible for up to $300 (if they are still honoring at the time we purchase your equipment).
THE SWIMMING POOL COCKTAIL
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1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Rum...
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 oz. (60ml) Pineapple Juice
1 oz. (30ml) Blue Curacao
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We at Fielder Custom Pools are proud to reside in Austin, Texas and we now are in another Top 10 list.
Austin knows its BBQ. That’s a given. The meat-hungry masses form lines in front of spots like Franklin BBQ until they’re out — usually by 1:30pm. But this is not a one-dimensional food city. There’re James Beard Award-winning sushi chefs. A food-truck scene that gives chefs the chance to flex their culinary muscles before moving on to bigger things (there’s a reason the movie Chef filmed a ton there). And you can’t forget the Mexican food. If you want a taco for every meal, Austin will gladly accommodate. There’s so many places to score even just fantastic breakfast tacos, that you could eat them from 8am-8pm and go home happy. Here, we’ll prove it.
To see the rest of the list go to: https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-40-biggest-us-cities-ranked-by-their-food-105293046346.html
Dickie Fielder, Owner & President, and Kamie Harmer, Director of Operations & Designer, participated along with 2,000 volunteers Saturday, December 13, 2014. Over 35,000 coats were purchased new or gently used were donated from Central Texas residents to help in the success of this important event. Coats for Kids in their 28th year helps families find just the right warm coat for eligible children in Central Texas.
This is the 5th year Fielder Custom Pools has participated in this event. We feel very blessed and encourage our friends, family and clients to find something near and dear to your heart to give back to our community.
The 2014 summer has come and gone. Stop and reflect for a moment, at all of the wonderful relaxing times spent in, and around the cooling waters of your beautiful Fielder Custom Pool with family and friends. You're probably not spending as much time "in the pool water" now, since temperatures are dropping and the water is cooling down. That must mean THAT SPA SEASON IS HEAR BABY!
Now is the time to dust off that heater and crank up the temperature in your spa. There's no better way to enjoy these cool evenings with the ones you love, than swirling away the day's cares in the warm therapeutic waters of your warm spa. Whether it be with your one and only, a group of friends, or the entire family, your spa is an aquatic hideaway just waiting to be enjoyed. Make sure to grab your beach towel and robe, then pour yourself a glass (plastic ware) of your favorite beverage before hitting the tub. A little Zen background music helps soothe the senses while you're soaking as well. If you make this part of your frequent winter routine, your body will thank you. During the hectic holiday season, with all the running around, shopping, travelling, or stressing about family, your spa could be your best friend waiting for you quietly in the back yard.
So remember this winter to relax and unwind just for a few minutes, and give yourself a break - YOU DESERVE IT! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS CHEERS Dickie, Kamie and the entire Fielder Custom Pools Team.