Hello everyone. After much discussion and thought, my wife and I have decided to move forward with building our own pool in our backyard. This will be a DIY project. First a little background on myself. I'm the owner of a landscape contracting company. We are primarily a high end residential landscape design & build company, and have done quite a bit of work around various pools in the area. Through that experience, I've seen the ins and outs, and have had many discussions with our clients with pools (what they like, what they don't like, what they would do differently, etc.). The one common phrase I hear is how they wish they would've built it bigger, and that they love their pool.
I have experience with forming and pouring concrete walls, and this is how I am planning on doing our build. I plan on doing a depth profile of 3'6" to 5'. The current plan is to pour the walls on 8" footings, grade the floor and finish with a 2" vermiculite base. From there we will install a liner (current thought is Black Granite or the new Loop Loc Platinum Onyx). I will attach the preliminary drawings for everyone to see. Any insight is welcome! Last year we built a pavilion including a fireplace and outdoor kitchen that we absolutely love. We feel that adding a pool to the backyard would complete everything. I've been playing around with the design and layout since last winter. I'm also attaching a few renderings of what it will tentatively look like in conjunction with what's already back there. The step design and total size of the pool has changed since the renderings, but you'll get the idea. Disregard the depth and steps in the rendering! Sketchup can be tricky at times with that stuff.