Hi all, I have mostly been lurking since my wife and I bought our home in July. We have painstakingly been going through design, budgeting and permitting for our pool over the last 4+ months, but, I picked up the permit yesterday and we are getting started today!
Here are some specifications
Stonescapes tahoe blue finish
screen enclosure to keep the florida bugs at bay
133k BTU heat pump (see notes below)
Insulated Aluminum roof for extra covered space
Jandy Equipment (2HP/2Speed pump) with iAqualink automation
We are doing a quasi owner-build with a consultant.
Heat pump note - We decided to go with the heat pump, knowing that it could be an issue with the spa on cold days (though with FL weather, we don't have too many extreme cold temps). The reason is that our house faces south. So, the pool is on the north side of a 2 story home, will get shaded by the house and new aluminum roof, plus screen enclosure shading, so, I anticipate needing to heat the main pool and felt like going with propane (no NG available) would have been cost prohibitive for the pool. I can always add propane later if we just can't deal with the heat pump. Solar wouldn't work well for us based on the orientation of the house.
So, there it is... They are removing the existing concrete slab on the back of the house today. If all goes well, layout tomorrow, and hopefully starting dig by Monday. I will try to take pictures and keep up to date with the progress. I am sure I'll have questions as we go, it has been very helpful following some of the builds on here, so, hopefully I have a great head start!