My family and I are closing on our new build in January and we are planning to start our pool build as soon as possible after we close. Before we do though, I'm hoping not to forget any "should haves" from some of the more experienced "been there, done that" members on here. We have 3 small children (9,6,1) who we want to grow up loving the water like their parents did and we chose our home site for two reasons...big garage and a large yard for a pool.
We are building a more modern, contemporary pool....geometric in nature, 360' spill over spa. We are still making some tweaks to the design, but I think we're getting close to finalizing the design and will be choosing materials and such to match our aesthetic. I just want to make sure that we don't forget anything, but I do trust our pool builder to ensure that our drainage, returns, clean outs, etc...are going to be sufficient. But perhaps people really wish they would have done....whatever, or vis versa, and really wish they did not do....whatever. I've been reading on here for a while, but figured I'd share our design with you all for some advice before we get under way and reach a "too late" point to fix or modify certain elements.
The pool is approximately between 680 sq/ft with a perimeter around 120 I believe, if memory serves me. The raised beam is currently a 12" raised beam for around 80' or so. The far side of the pool (bottom of the "T" shape) is the deeper section, currently at 6' with a 12" raised 8' wide platform on top for seating or for the kids to jump off of into the pool since a diving board wasn't practical without eating up the entire pool. The tanning ledge/sun shelf is 8-9" in depth and is 8' wide by 8' deep with a small cut out for the stairs near the spa. We left the steep ledge on the side as another jump area for the kids to play off of. There are 3 LED lights (2 in the pool, 1 in the spa), 1 bubbler on the shelf, and 3 sheer decent water falls (1 centered on each of the longer walls). Our decking area will include approximately 900 sq/ft of new decking to accompany our existing covered patio area of 260 sq/ft for around 1250 sq/ft of total patio space. The side of the house has 3 large slabs with black rock dividing them (purely cosmetic).
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