I would first like to start out by saying how happy I am to finally be able to start a thread on our pool's construction! This has been years in the making. Just met with the builder and they will break ground in 3 weeks, and we just got approved by the town for all of our permits. Our pool will not be large, but will be perfect for us.
I will follow up with many pictures of the process along the way. Here is our story with pics to get you started.
This was a project that needed to be done is phases. We have a small lot, and there is a 6 foot elevation change from one end to the other. The previous owner had built a wood retaining wall, and had an older fence around the yard. However he had done all the work himself and did not pay any regard to property lines or codes. It all needed to come out, and be redone to support the pool and adhere to town code. We also needed to re route and add more drainage from our roof. The grade was also going to be lowered so the new wall didn't have to be erected so high per the town. Phase 1 was started late summer of 2015, and was completed in October.
Lot prior to any work being done:
Tree removal, fence removal, and retaining wall removal.
Building the new wall, and lowering the grade.
New drywell to support gutters.
New fence was put in.
It does not look like it from the pictures, but we did gain a lot more yard then we had before. Still, with the small size plot and the town setbacks, we are forced to go with a smaller pool. It will be a 14x28 kidney shaped liner pool. Below is the initial concept, which we have amended, and then the current CAD plans. I apologize for the low quality of these images. Instead of the fire pit we are putting in a pergola, and we are tearing out the old patio and replacing with grass. The pool shaped changed from the original figure 8 to a kidney to maximize sq footage. The coping will be pavers and natural stone, while the patio will be paver. We will also be updating the steps from the house down to the pool deck.
Excited and nervous to finally begin the adventure. After much time spent reading through countless posts on this site, I feel confident that we made a lot of good decisions. I look forward to updating with more pics along the way.