It hardly seems like it's real, but the excavator is scheduled to come out tomorrow, so ready or not, here we go!
A little background...
We began interviewing builders last spring, initially intending to put in a vinyl liner pool to save money. For various reasons that didn't end up going anywhere so we scrapped our original budget and decided to go all in on a gunite pool for our large family. I had been dreaming of a pool for several years, and fortunately came upon this site early on (joining in 2011) so I had already learned a lot by the time we started interviewing builders.
Our desires for a big pool outweighed our budget, and armed with all the knowledge and encouragement I had received here, while being increasingly disallusioned by the service and attention I would get from a PB for the price, we began looking into going the owner builder route. I got some major help from a local TFP member who had done the owner builder thing last year, and with the contacts of his subs and the ones I made myself, I felt confident we could do this. So that's how we got to where we are today!
We did end up shrinking the pool we had engineered by 10% of the perimeter to help save on costs a little, but the overall plan remains very similar. We know we are on top of solid limestone, about 18-24" below the topsoil, so it will be interesting to start chipping away at that starting tomorrow. I wonder how long it will take? We are being charged by the cubic yards of rock removed instead of by the hour, so I hope it all works out well. Somehow an open ended hourly rock charge was too scary for me, and this excavator gave me the most confidence in his work anyway.
Here are our basic pool specs:
113' perimeter, ~740 sq ft area
Freeform L shape, 38' x 30'
3.5' to 8.5' deep
~ 1000 sq ft decking
Bullnose concrete precast coping
Brushed concrete (with possible spray deck in the future)
Stonescapes Minipebble (Tropics Blue, or Aqua Blue to save money - But I'm dreaming about shells and glass beads!)
Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 520 Cartridge Filter 160332
Pentair Intelliflo VS Pump 011018
3 Pentair Intellibrite 5G Color LED Pool lights
2 Pentair Color Cascade LED Bubbler
Pentair Easy Touch Control System with IC60 Chlorine Generator 521150
32" channel main drain
Autofill and overflow drain
Plumbed for possible future suction side cleaner but using a Dolphin Z5 robot (Is it even a good idea to have this plumbing in as backup? I just keep thinking if the robot goes out and we don't have the money to buy a new one at the time, maybe a Polaris or the like would be cheaper to use in the mean time.)
So, that's it for now! I will try to keep this thread updated with pictures, as I know it can be very beneficial for others to "see" what is going on and to catch something amiss that I may have missed.
Oh, and regarding the title of my thread... I am expecting a baby at the beginning of May so it would be great if we could be all done by then, at least with the major stuff. My best plans were supposed to have us started already, but that didn't happen, but I figure there is a reason for everything. Realistically, I know we may be out of luck with this new hoped for schedule, but that's how it is. Please say a prayer all goes well!