Hi all - I wanted my first post to be my build post, but I've been pouring over this site for months. What a wealth of info! A little background...
Did you all hear about the catastrophic natural gas leak that So Cal Gas caused in late October, 2015? Yep, that's right in my back yard. That was fun! Well, we moved in to our new construction dream home right before that happened but we're natives of the area so we just fought through it. The gas leak is capped, our yard is a blank canvas and we're now ready to build (we have to do front and back yard $$$). I've enjoyed reading other build threads so I'm excited for you all to weigh in on mine.
I'll post some pictures to bring you up to speed. We started excavating on 4/7/16 and it's been really slow so far while we fought through the permit process, etc. I have a PB that is a friend of mine so we've worked out a relationship where it's an owner-builder job with his consulting expertise. He's running the job and using his 44 years of expertise to help us through the process, recommend sub-contractors, etc.
Here's a concept drawing. I'll point out some highlights
- The house came with the luxury outdoor living space and it has a concrete patio. We'll cover that patio with our paver material and it will be a seamless transition to the pool deck with no steps
- The pool is about 40 x 25, 3.5' to 8' depth and about 38,000 gallons, or so I'm told. That should be including the 8 x 10 spa.
- The semi-circle seat shelf at the top center of the pool will be the same depth as the Baja shelf (depth TBD). Our designer initially had a fountain there, which we hated, but we like the niche for the kids to play in so we're going to add 3 bubblers and a light (more on that later).
- There will be an aluma-wood patio cover the width of the house, represented by the four black square footings; footing locations are not accurate but you get the idea
- We're going to use travertine pavers in a French pattern, with 2" bullnose travertine coping; there are some unique challenges with the coping that I'll ask you to weigh in on later
Here's the progress so far. I will just say it now, the Nest cam is the best idea I ever had! Here the excavation is complete. We didn't hit any rock but it took a little longer because we have limited clearance on the side yard. The deep trenches along the back wall are additional footings that the engineer/city required.
The amount of steel in this pool is insane! The deep end:
And the shallow end/Baja shelf/spa
I'll end this post here for now. Plumbing is coming on Monday and I'll post my thoughts and ask a few questions about that tomorrow. I've done tons of research on automation/pool equipment so I'll save those for a later post as well.
Thanks in advance for sticking with me on this. If the progress-to-date is any indication, we're in for a long ride together!
Let me know what questions you have!