Moved into our house in 2013 with an existing pool that's 10-15 years old. Thanks to this site, I've have a great looking pool from the 1st month we moved in. The pool has been kept in good shape, but is showing some age. We're looking at doing some renovations/updating.
Here's what we're looking at doing:
-- Darling wife would like to add a hot tub/spa. We use the pool from Mid-March to October, so a spa would definitely get used. Looking at something added to one end of the poolm, raised 1-2' above the decking, sized for 4 adults with spillover to the pool. I've seen some designs with 1/3 of spa extending into pool and remainder cut back into the decking.
We just replaced the pool heater with a Pentair 400000 BTU heater, so there's no worries about hot water. Would be interested in replacing the 2HP single speed pump with a variable speed pump.
-- I'd like to add a tile line since the pool was built without one. The gunite/plaster runs up out of the water to the coping. There's been a pre-existing scum/discoloration line that I haven't been able to get rid off. There are also some long (6') narrow cracks running parallel to the water line on one end of the pool. They're probably leaking since the water level seems to settle at or below them. Some have been patched, but it's kind of ugly.
-- The pool also needs to be replastered/recoated since there's places the white base is showing thru the blue color coat.
-- Would also like to replace the existing single fiberoptic light fixture with a couple LED fixtures. It barely lights up the middle of the pool and leaves the ends pretty dark.
-- Add a hand railing to the deck at the steps to use when getting in and out of the pool.
1) How difficult/expensive/crazy would it be to add a new spa to an existing pool? This would involve some demo/rebuild. I've seen quotes online from $10K to $50K. I'd prefer to stick to under $20K for the whole project. Haven't contacted any builders yet which brings me to my nex question..
2) Any recommendations/warnings for builders/modelers in the Clear Lake/Friendwood/Pearland area of Houston? I'd like to use someone local.
Thanks in advance for any information.