Wow, I've barely scratched the surface of all the knowledge in this forum! I just found this while looking for how to self-maintain my pool once it is finished and what a wealth of information - thank you to all who contribute to this great community!
Our story is that we moved to TX about 3 years ago and have been dying to have a pool ever since we moved into our new home. We finally can afford what we've been dreaming about so we signed last Thursday with a local PB. We got designs and estimates from 4 PBs and LOVED the design of the one we chose and they came in at a very competitive cost! We really wanted to go with a natural look and I think they nailed it. They came out tonight to paint the lines of the design and we start excavating tomorrow morning.
We have the following:
Pentair CCP420 cartridge filter
Pentair VS pump
Pentair 1.5HP pump for features
Pentair Easytouch pool automation
Pentair 400 heater
A&A in floor cleaning
Probably should give you more information but that's all I can remember right now!
Questions I have are:
- Should there be more lights? We have one in the cave, one in the pool (right about where the left arrow is on the 33' measure line in the design pic) and one in the spa. The builder thinks too many lights is overkill but we don't want to be disappointed with the light or darkness of our pool (we're going for the 'resort' look and would like to have lights on for ambiance at night while we're on the porch/see it from the family room).
- Flagstone overkill? We like the look of flagstone but don't want it to look like a flagstone frat party puked all over the backyard! Is there another (nice, quality) decking surface we should consider?
- Landscaping? I'm totally lost on what to plant around the pool - I'll definitely talk to a landscaper but any ideas for zone 8 in the US? Need hearty plants and going for a resort feel and need some groundcover with flowers preferably.
- Anything else? We've never had a pool built before and although very excited I'm trying to make sure I've thought of everything (I know I haven't!). So, any lessons learned from those of you out there who have done this before?
Thank you so much for reading and for any advice you have - feel free to ask clarifying questions. I want to get this right! I'll post progress pics as we go (nothing has happened yet)!