Here's my story. I was told about Joe Carbone of C&C Pools (281-960-0313) by a person at work about 12 years ago. He's a 100% word of mouth operation. He started in the business digging holes, plumbing, electrical, etc. and realized that he knew who the best contractors were and could drive the work himself. I tell my friends who want pools to get three quotes including Joe's. If they don't like the dollars or design they should then ask him why they are different since the reality is that the costs are the same but get manipulated and the design can be changed to whatever you like. Example I know of are that Joe didn't get a job in my neighborhood because the person said the landscaping was going to be free. But the pool was smaller. Another neighbor told me how he had pebble tec thrown in for free (before he knew about Joe). But his pool cost over $50K so the cost of pepple tec was in it. Another neighbor didn't even have Joe quote their pool because someone gave them a great deal if they'd sign immediately. One day they had a contractor knock on the door asking for the money since the pool builder disappeared when the pool was half complete. Another neighbor used a cookie-cutter pool to save cost and ended up with a leak in the piping. Joe built a pool for me at my old house and I didn't even get multiple quotes for the new house and just used Joe. He's very passionate and still returns to my house when I have problems 6 years later to advise or fix the problem. So I recommend that you get three quotes including Joe, question him why things may look different, and be confident that you will always be taken care. The last thing I will say is that between the people I know who've had pools built by Joe and their contacts who have done the same, he's built about 12 pools in my zip code and no one has any issues. Mention slocker if you want.