I've been reading up and trying to learn as much as I can.
Unfortunately, I'm a bit late to the game.
The pool is already in the ground at the gunite stage.
We're building a new house. Although I have a GC for the house, pretty much every decision has been up to us. So, I've had to learn about every tiny little thing in the house. I've done construction professionally, so some of it was pretty easy, but I guess I never knew how many decisions we had to make. I had to become an expert on dishwashers, hot water heaters, foam insulation, etc. We made structural changes at the last minute so I learned some engineering, etc. I did a lot of the bidding for materials. Building your own house from plans is a lot different than "building" with a tract homebuilder. The GC could have handed me a turn-key house, but he is so accommodating, it was hard not to take advantage of being able to dial things in exactly how we wanted it.
Anyway, we decided to do the pool in conjunction with the house. There were some obvious advantages to having easy access for the machinery, coordinating with the landscaping, etc. I think we found about as good of a pool builder as was available. After reading some stuff here, I asked him some questions and he hit the right notes, so I felt pretty good. Especially since the contract was already in play.
Obviously, I would have liked to spend a lot more time researching BEFORE jumping right in, but with all the work on the house, I just had to do as good as I could with what little I knew. I figured a big part was finding a builder with a good rep and having a good feel for the guy. Yeah, when it comes to money, that can come back and bite you, but again, I just didn't have the time to do it perfect.
So, here I am trying to play catch up. I had him send me a list of equipment he suggested. He is also very accommodating and said if I want to substitute anything, it will just be cost difference, since he has to put it in anyway.
I've got some pictures I'll post up tomorrow when I get to my home computer.
Here's the list of equipment. We've got money available if there are some items we just NEED to upgrade or change.
JS-100SM Sand Filter
BWVL multiport valve
1.5HP 2 Speed Pump
2.5HP Single Speed Pump
PB-460 cleaner booster pump
Polaris 280 Cleaner
Intermatic 2 Speed PE 25300F Timer
CD40 Ozone System
Rainbow 320 Chlorine Feeder
Nature Express Mineral Sanitizer
Raypak 013315 Heat/Chiller
The pool is 15x30 with a negative edge.
Thanks for any insights!