Pictures and models of the design:
Details about the pool:
IG shotcrete 34x16x21 Grecian L shape
3'6 - 8'6 deep
12x5 Baja ledge w/ 2 Bubblers
14 feet of raised beam sheer descent waterfall in stacked travertine
Custom stone diving board
Hayward sand filter
Aquarite T-15 SWCG
A&A In floor system w/ Gamma 4 venturi heads
Blue surf Pebble sheen
Travertine paver decking (depending on hard dig)
Cost with local pool builder: ~36k
Instead of a traditional diving board, we opted to create a custom stone one, like the one below.
Pros: Safer because of no spring, never needs replacing, lasts forever, looks pretty cool, takes up much less room (we have a small yard)
Con: No spring/bounce, less fun?
Picture of stone diving board:
Drawn on ground layout:
Start of dig:
Day of first dig:
Wow, so I signed back at the end of March 2016 and today June 13 they just started digging. Lots of delays with permits and a mess up with the first layout, plus it's the busiest season for pool building. For months I've been fretting about a possible 'hard dig' and the extra thousands of dollars that would have cost because we're digging an 8'6 deep pool. Well thank god, they started digging today and the test dig went down to over 9 feet 4 inches in less than 15 mins NO HARD DIG!! Even the diggers were amazed, as my neighbor across the street had a hard dig and many of the houses in this area (near mountains) end up paying much more because of the rocky layers here. I'm counting my blessings! I'm so very happy because that means I can upgrade my decking to travertine pavers now. Yay!
I'll update as the build progresses
For anyone curious: My neighbor paid 6k extra for her hard dig, and that was for a rather shallow 5-6ft play pool! So yeah, I was really, really not wanting a hard dig for my 8'6ft pool.