Many variables affect pool costs. The size of the pool, the amount of decking and the water features need to be taken into consideration. However, comparing quotes from different companies is like comparing apples to apples. But, when you receive a quote you are comfortable with, consider the company's reputation, warranties and how the job will be supervised. In other words, some apples taste better than others.
From the day the pool is excavated it may take about 30 days to build. In the city it may take longer due to inspections. Keep in mind, if it rains, it will take longer.
Gunite is a mixture of cement/sand that is much stronger than concrete.
Coping is the 9-inch to 1-foot edge around the water. It is either precast (safety grip), bullnose brick or flagstone.
To compensate for evaporation it is important to remember to add some water to your water fall. It is recommended that you add water once a month. Do not let your water fall run dry!
If you live in an area with a cold climate, you will need to drain your water fall. You should also plug the water outlet holes.
In most cases, the answer is yes. Though certain variables must be considered. In particular, for aesthetic purposes, the water fountain may not be close to the water fall. The farther away you go from a pump, the less pressure you will have.