Hi. My husband and I are very DIY. We are going to take on as much of the build as we can (excavation, plumbing, electrical, forming the base, building the CMU pool walls). We don't plan to use a liner, but rather plaster the pool. We live in the city and have a very small sized backyard, so the pool will essentially take all that up. We do not plan to build any decking, but plan to do either a 12" or 16" coping with artificial turf around the rest of the yard (that's literally a 30'x 8' strip plus the 3' sides around the pool).
I'm going down to get the permit tomorrow, and we are mapping everything out, and finalizing our plans. I will document everything via pics for you guys.
Obviously, we will have MANY questions...hoping you guys can help us out with these...
Pool size: 24' x 12'...4.5' deep across.
1) For a CMU build, what is typically done to finish off the top? A bond beam? I've seen people finishing up by having rebar tied into their deck, but we do not plan to do a deck. We plan to finish off with a precast coping. Any guidance would be appreciated.
2) Do the blocks/mortar joints need to be sealed prior to plastering? (We plan to have someone else plaster).
3) I've read where some people did not install a drain at the bottom, but a sidewall drain. Any opinions? We have ZERO trees in our yard, and no one around us has any trees in their yard.
Any other do's/don'ts/lessons learned, etc. will be greatly appreciated.
I know we will have more questions. Thanks for now.
Below is a pic of the design we are going for...without the trees.