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    New AZ owner build! :)

    New user here and love the site. Informative and great place for info.

    Just got the keys to my newly built house earlier this year and have a blank back yard. After 3 months of designing, engineering, and permit and HOA, it has begun and in the works. This is the first pool i have built and am cutting out the pool builders. With the help of my best friend who's family has been in the pool business for decades, i am tackling it myself.

    One thing i learned so far is that if you have a budget when building it, you may as well throw that out the window. LOL. You will want to spend more. Also, if you speak spanish, you can get a lot more features done for the same price or for a little bit more. All my additions so far have not cost me much more at all. Basically just the cost of the equipment. PB would charge an arm and a leg. I guess that is where they make their money, on the upgrades.

    My design was pretty straightforward, but then i added all kinds of things in the beginning stages. LOL

    I will try to update progress when i can. Have electrician and rebar being done this week. Shotcrete next week hopefully after inspection.

    ORIGINAL PLAN FEATURES:

    -FULL AUTOMATION SYSTEM FROM PENTAIR
    -PLAY POOL
    -SPA FALLS IN POOL
    -SUNKEN BAR WITH BBQ KITCHEN AND 5 STOOLS
    -TRAVERTINE DECK AND PATIO
    -FIREPLACE
    -2 ROCK WATERFALL WATER FEATURES

    ADDED FEATURES LOL!!!

    -2 COLOR CHANGING LAMINARS LED JETS
    -2 REGULAR WATER JETS
    -1 COLOR CHANGING LED BUBBLER
    -IN-FLOOR CLEANING
    -UPGRADED POOL AND SPA LIGHT TO LED COLOR ALSO
    -SALT CELL

    EQUIPMENT (ADDED FOR YOU GUYS THAT ASKED)

    -PENTAIR DE 60 FILTER
    -PENTAIR INTELLIFLO VS+ PUMP
    -PENTAIR WHISPERFLO 2 HP
    -PENTAIR MASTER TEMP 400BTU HEATER
    -PENTAIR EASYTOUCH POOL SPA COMBO 8SC-IC40 WITH SALT CELL
    -PENTAIR SCREEN LOGIC BUNDLE
    -1.5 HP SILENCER VLOWER
    -3 AUTO VALVE ACTUATORS
    -BLUE SQUARE IN FLOOR SYSTEM

    - 1 PENTAIR INTELLIBRITE 5G COLOR LED SPA LIGHT
    - 1 PENTAIR INTELLIBRITE 5G COLOR LED POOL LIGHT
    - 2 PENTAIR MAGIC STREAM COLOR LAMINARS
    - 1 PENTAIR COLORSCADE LEDE BUBBLER
    - 2 MAGIC STREAM DECK JETS



    DESIGN:


    EXCAVATION:




    GAS:


    PLUMBING:




    EQUIPMENT:
    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Wow, you did have a blank back yard! Howdy, sort of neighbor! Here's to wishing you a problem free build and I can't wait for pics of the finished product!!!
    ~11,250 gallon, in ground, Pebble-Tec finish, Hayward SwimClear cartridge filter, Hayward Super II pump, Hayward bottom vacuum NaviGator (I call him Fred), waterfall feature, TF-100 Test Kit.

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Congrats! Looking good!
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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    wow, this is going to be some pool!!!
    My Pool Build (2015): inground 12K gals gunite/plaster pool, SWG, 2-speed pump, cartridge filter, gas heater, and polaris cleaner (Jandy). TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    I'm in to watch this one!!
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    No longer living vicariously through other people's pool builds. Pool build is complete on my IG SWCG pool, approx 10,000 gallons. All Jandy equipment - VS 1.5 hp pump, 580 cartridge filter, AquaPure 1400 salt cell, AquaLink PDA system. Dolphin m500. PebbleSheen Blue Surf with shells and beads added. TF-100 w/ SpeedStir. A Houston Pool Build Inside the Loop

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    I love the design of having the pool/bbq area/decks separate and then paths going between each one. I want to do that in my back yard too. I have a neighbor with that setup and it really is awesome.
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Thanks guys. Want to get this done by November, but we will see.

    REBAR:


    EQUIPMENT:
    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    ...THE WORKS

    being the operative words, lol. Is there any PVC left in AZ? (credit to wherever I read this first...
    My Pool Build (2015): inground 12K gals gunite/plaster pool, SWG, 2-speed pump, cartridge filter, gas heater, and polaris cleaner (Jandy). TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    In to watch this one!

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    I love your design - so much interest to it. I looked at it several times, and each time I saw something new! It's going to be a lot of fun to watch this build. And you're in charge - awesome!!!! Hats off to you....

    And those mountains I see looking out away from your house and yard - breathtaking!

    Congrats on a great start!
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    Suz~Cypress area~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. IG swcg system. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy: color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator not used; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. Lightstreams Peacock Blue TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Thanks guys. plumbing was finished today. Here is my setup. Looks intricate, but i should be able to control all the water features individually and from my phone. Also, wanted the option to run heater to only spa or pool or both.

    Here is list of all equipment, which does not include the outdoor kitchen

    -PENTAIR DE 60 FILTER
    -PENTAIR INTELLIFLO VS+ PUMP
    -PENTAIR WHISPERFLO 2 HP
    -PENTAIR MASTER TEMP 400BTU HEATER
    -PENTAIR EASYTOUCH POOL SPA COMBO 8SC-IC40 WITH SALT CELL
    -PENTAIR SCREEN LOGIC BUNDLE
    -1.5 HP SILENCER VLOWER
    -3 AUTO VALVE ACTUATORS
    -BLUE SQUARE IN FLOOR SYSTEM

    - 1 PENTAIR INTELLIBRITE 5G COLOR LED SPA LIGHT
    - 1 PENTAIR INTELLIBRITE 5G COLOR LED POOL LIGHT
    - 2 PENTAIR MAGIC STREAM COLOR LAMINARS
    - 1 PENTAIR COLORSCADE LEDE BUBBLER
    - 2 MAGIC STREAM DECK JETS

    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    SHOTCRETE TODAY:



    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    This is a HUGE step! What fun! I can't wait to see pics of it!

    Any idea when you get plastered?

    Kim
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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    This looks like it is going to be epic. I am interested in how the Blue Square in-floor works out. I sat down with 4 builders and the builder that owns the blue square system and all the other builders did nothing but knock it. I kinda took it is they are threatened by something new but I don't know. They all said the same thing. Anyways, I have also decided to cut out all the big builders and use a friend that is a contractor. He is going to help manage the project and I am saving about $6000.00 after what i pay him.

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by azjoshers79 View Post
    This looks like it is going to be epic. I am interested in how the Blue Square in-floor works out. I sat down with 4 builders and the builder that owns the blue square system and all the other builders did nothing but knock it. I kinda took it is they are threatened by something new but I don't know. They all said the same thing. Anyways, I have also decided to cut out all the big builders and use a friend that is a contractor. He is going to help manage the project and I am saving about $6000.00 after what i pay him.
    Hey,

    I was told the same thing too about the blue square, but in all honesty, they are all pretty much the same. Just branded differently. I will also have a vacuum in my pool so when i don't want to use the in floor, then i can use the vacuum very easily.That is nice of your friend, but it really is not that hard to get it going with a design and engineering plan. Make sure you get a couple bids before making up your mind on your contractors. I have one that will do excavation, plumbing, and rebar as a package. Great guys, but like everyone else says, they tend to favor the pool companies deadlines because of contracts so you just have to be patient with them at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    This is a HUGE step! What fun! I can't wait to see pics of it!

    Any idea when you get plastered?

    Kim
    Not sure yet but, want to get my sunken bar done first before the plaster. Also, still have to do the rock and waterfalls before plaster. And the tile work.
    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    And shotcrete is done. Waterfalls, and sunken bar are next.

    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    I am loving those bar stools! What will you be putting on top of them?

    Kim
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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    I am loving those bar stools! What will you be putting on top of them?

    Kim
    More than likely i will leave them as is and add nice glass tile to them
    NEW POOL BUILD IN THE WORKS. :)

    PLAY POOL - SPA- SUNKEN BAR

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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    Oh shiny stuff! Have you picked it out yet? I would love to help! LOL

    Kim
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    Re: New AZ owner build! :)

    This is seriously awesome. where in AZ are you? also if you dont mind sharing what is your budget?
    ( Under Construction) (May, 11th 2015 start date) 25' x 16' free-form, IG shotcrete, Blue Granite pebble sheen, travertine with stacked stone sheer descent, Hayward variable speed pump,

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