First post of what I am sure will be many. Just found this site after talking to a friend about our search for a pool builder and our pool.
Wow! Tons of information and it is overwhelming just reading about others' builds and things they caught before it was too late and the items that, unfortunately, didn't. Each night I have read a few new build threads and come up with half a sheet of new questions to ask our pool builder. I am already appreciative of the knowledge and friendliness of the members. Thank you.
My wife and I started our pool builder search just about three weeks ago. We started with 5 builders and were able to quickly eliminate one while talking to the sales rep at our house. He didn't seem very interested. Two others showed us a design that didn't even seem to take into consideration what we wanted and the yard we were dealing with- my wife had a good description for those, "clipart pools". One came back with a beautiful plan but it just wasn't the design for us. The fifth builder, and the first one we talked to, came back with what we are going with. It took into account what we wanted and what we were going to have to deal with.
Unique to most of the area, we actually have a slope that leads down to a creek in our back yard. I think our builder used this to her advantage in designing our pool. She created a small infinity edge for the hot tub and pool. Extra expense but I like the idea.
The inside pool dimensions are about 34x17 and the spa 6x9. There is a catch basin at the bottom more for sound around the fire pit and for the infinity edge. The coping will be flagstone and the decking will be spray deck. We thought about pavers or flagstone but thought that it would look busy with the size and detract from the pool.
We have the following equipment and materials being used-
Pentair Intelliflo 3.0HP Variable Speed Pump
Pentair Whisperflo 2.0HP High Performance Pump
Undecided on LEDs
Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter 520 soft
Kreepy Krauler Prowler
Pentair Easytouch Remote 8 Function
Pentair never lube valves
I am more than open to ideas on the design and the equipment. I hope to keep this thread as somewhat of a diary of the thrill and frustration that we will be going through in the next few months so that hopefully I can look back and laugh at the whole thing while sitting by the pool.
Please fire away.