We broke ground finally this weekend, so I figured it’s a good time to start a build thread.
The pool is going to be a 24’ Radiant Round. We are going with the walk in steps as well. A paver patio will go about 1/3 around the pool, and the rest will have an 18” wide stone wall built up around it, capped with bullnose coping pavers. Due to a slight slope, the pool will be flush on the patio side and about 24” out of the ground on the opposite side. Other additions will be a 10’ x 12’ pool/equipment shed (built off the back of the garage), full perimeter of aluminum fencing, and a second patio/fire pit/stone wall seating. My pool builder hasn’t given me a start date yet, but the pool is ordered and it should be in the next week or so.
Equipment wise, the pool store spec’ed out a 1.5 HP Hayward above ground pump. Being that the equipment shed will be above the waterline, I wanted them to upgrade it to an in-ground pump. After much back and forth, they said “if you don’t mind, go order it yourself and we’ll credit you the $380 it would cost us”. I thought I was set on a 2 speed Hayward, but when I went to order it last week, Amazon had last year’s Hayward Super VS pump on clearance for $445. Given this includes a digital timer, it was cheaper than any 2 speed pumps I was looking at. I still have to figure out what to do for a surge protector/gfci for it. Also going in will be a 250# Hayward Sand filter, Circupool RJ-30 SWCG and stub out’s for future solar heat. Finally, I ordered a TFT-100 kit a couple weeks ago, and started using it this weekend with the hot tub.
Below is a ROUGH drawing of placement. We have about 50 acres, and the house is right in the middle of it – yet we had a very difficult time with where to put the pool. Ideally, I would have had it more behind the house, but the septic tank is there. The other side of the house has trees we're partial to. Between the deck and the pool will be a dry river bed with stepping stones, and some various shrubbery. The stepping stones will continue up to the garage and shed (doors adjacent to each other). On the back side will be a free form patio/landscaping.