Let me start off by saying this is my first pool, and it came with a house I recently purchased. I've been browsing the forum the past couple months to try to learn, and there is some amazing information on here. I thought I would start a thread to get some input from you more knowledgeable people as the process evolves. I have attached a photo of the "before" (I'm not sure the best way to attach photos for this forum). The pool is poured concrete from the mid 70s. There is one skimmer and two returns (very simple plumbing- one pipe from the pool, 2 returning). The pool is ~ 45' long, and 15' at the narrowest to 22' at the widest. The shallow end is ~3' and the deep end is a dish that goes from ~6' to 8'+. The plan is to resurface the pool in diamandbrite, replace the tile (go from 12" to 6"), and replace the cap with travertine. My plan after the pool was complete was to cover the existing concrete patio with travertine pavers on a sand bed to bring the deck and coping level.
Cleaner- I talked to several pool companies and most recommended adding a suction line for a cleaner with a booster pump. After reading on here, it seems the consensus is that a robot is better, and I don't think I need to add this line. Do people agree? I was leaning toward a dolphin triton plus.
This pool is way bigger than I need, and I got to thinking that what I would like is one of those baja shelves. So, I talked to the PB and we decided to turn that extension off the deep end into a shelf. It will be approximately 7'x24'. Right now the skimmer is approx half way down the long side of the pool, and the 2 returns are on either side of it (the darker tiles in the photo). The plan was to add a third return at the far end of the pool that would be centered on the shelf. I know with a new build with this size pool there would probably be more plumbing, but at the same time what's here seems to have worked for decades. Well, not decades, there was originally copper plumbing that was replaced with PVC at some point. There are some more plumbing questions I might have in the future but I'll leave it at that for now.
Lighting- there are currently no lights in the pool which is a huge problem for me. My plan is to add 3 globrite lights, 2 spaced along the length in the left of the picture, and one at the far end facing back toward the shallow end. I asked the PB about putting one on the shelf, but he recommended placing one on the opposite side facing the shelf for better lighting. I found a few photos on here to try to get an idea about what would work with these lights, but it's a little hard to tell and I know there's some subjectivity as well.
Automation/electronics- My plan was to buy an easytouch system (4 channel) to run an IC60 and the globrite lights. I have a single speed pump, and could be convinced to replace it, although the PB hasn't suggested that I do so.
Patio wall- right now the patio is fenced with this white painted cinder block. It's not really my thing, but it's a look and it's FL, so I'm OK with it (although I'm in central FL and it looks more like Miami). Any thoughts or suggestions to either replace or change the look of this wall? There is about a 3' drop on the other side of the wall, and there are shrubs that add privacy. One thing I like about the current wall is that it adds more privacy than say a metal rail would.
Thanks for all the advice so far, I can't wait for this project to be complete!
Sandblast off paint- complete
Remove current cap- complete
Add baja shelf- in process