Greetings everyone! We are about to begin our adventure building a new pool. We've been researching since January and I've been lurking on this form for a while reading as much as I possibly can and asking friends and neighbors who currently own pools for advice and what they would have done differently. This forum seems very active with really positive people helping you along this exciting/scary venture. I'm excited to begin this journey with such a knowledgeable group of people.
This pool will be for an adult home. The only consideration is for my miniature schnauzer who we are making a sun shelf for as he likes to play in a kiddie pool today.We have chosen our pool builder and are in the process of finalizing our design over the next couple of weeks. Construction most likely will begin in November. At least the rainy season will be over by then! Below is an outline of what we are getting and an image of the design.
Any feedback is welcome... thus far this is my list of things I want to change about the design:
- Change from 3' to 5' depth to at least 3'6" to 5' (maybe 6'). I read a lot of feedback here on the forums and 3' seems to be too shallow in many opinions. I'm not sure on depth for deep end yet as I think I just want to make sure my head is submerged. I'm 5'6".
- Possibly add a second LED light as I fear the spa will cast a dark shadow over the sun shelf area making it difficult to see as you enter at night.
- Addition of hand rail for easy access and exit or change design so that steps are next to the spa using the edge as a natural hand rail.
- I have concerns with the view of the spa and not being able to see the water feature as it overflows from inside the house. The lower part of the design that is a zigzag pattern past the brick paver deck area, are all sliding glass doors from the back of the house. I'm thinking of adding a pop up to the side with a water feature or a water bowl pouring over so you can see it from inside the house. I want the spa there because it is close to the house and out of view from neighbors, closer to company when they are over and lounging in seating area, and protected from the wind.
- Free form pool - 3' - 5' depth - 395 sq.ft
- Sun shelf with bubbler and umbrella sleeve
- Brick bullnose coping with waterline tile
- Brick paver decking with 12" x 12" enclosure footer
- Pebble Sheen interior finish (Blue Granite)
- Jandy JEP 2.0 variable speed pump - 2HP max
- Jandy DEV60 DE filter
- Jandy AP1400 salt system
- Jandy PDA PS4 Automation system
- Jandy color LED light - located in deep end
- Screen enclosure - Bronze - 2 doors - 20/20 screen walls only
- Two main drains, skimmer, 3 returns, vacuum line
- 12" raise
- Double bullnose coping
- waterline tile
- Pebble Sheen (Blue Granite)
- 6 Therapy jets
- Jandy color LED light
- 1.5 HP air blower
- 440k BTU gas heater
Well I was going to post an image of the design here... but... I just read the fine print at the bottom and it is copyrighted. I will ask my pool builder if he minds when we meet again in a couple of weeks. So for now, here is my hand drawing when I was communicating ideas I wanted with the builder.
pool sketch with spa close to house.jpg