The large (16'x36') in ground pool at my wife's family home was unusable due to structural cracks and outdated plumbing. We explored repairing it to its former pristine condition, but the repair bids were comparable to the cost of installing a new pool. Instead we decided to demolish and fill the pool. We were surprised to find few companies willing to tackle this project and the few landscaping/pool companies who submitted estimates were inexperienced with pool demolition. The bids we did receive seemed high. We decided to find someone who had actual experience demolishing a pool and found Ross Rathgeber (Southwest Destructors) by reviewing City of Austin demolition permit applications. He inspected the pool, made a few suggestions, and gave us a bid on the spot. We learned that with pool demolition projects, the biggest variable is equipment access. Unfortunately, our access was very limited and the Bobcat was the only equipment which could clear the small space between the house and a storage shed. On the first day, the Bobcat operator jack-hammered the pool's concrete apron, punched holes in the bottom on a 3'x3' grid, and demolished the pool sides to a minimum 24" below grade -- the rubble was placed in the bottom. The noise was incredible. On day 2, three huge dump truck loads of fill dirt were moved from the street in front to the backyard -- one Bobcat load at a time. In spite of countless trips over several hours through the narrow opening with inches to spare, there was no damage to the house or storage shed. Ross had also assured us that the 10,000 lb. Bobcat would adequately compact the fill and not leave a depression weeks later and he was correct. Finally, the crew finish graded the yard to drain properly and it was ready for the landscaping crew. When they were done, the crew spent almost 3 hours cleaning the yard and the street where the fill had been dumped. In summary, Ross was a pleasure to work with -- knowledgeable, good communications, no surprises. At his suggestion, we were able to save money by pulling the City of Austin demolition permit ourselves -- it wasn't that difficult. In spite of the fact that it was a noisy, dirty project his crew was efficient and industrious so it was completed quickly. In retrospect, we are pleased with the decision and believe we received good value for the price of the work. I would recommend this company without reservations.