My wife and I have decided to install a pool by early next year. We pretty much know what we want, (spillover spa, tanning ledge, ease of maintenance in a free-form design. That's about as far as we've gotten though although I'm taking the advice here and researching the various pumps, filters, lights, etc.
Ive spoken to a few pool builders and have gotten some very rough ideas, pricing, timing and so forth but since I'm new to this, I'd like to learn from those that have experiance. We're leaning towards a concrete pool with Pebble-Tec (or similar finish,) but I'm looking at some fiberglass manufactures. In my area, most pool builders specialize concrete so it's one-sided. I've read the pros and cons of both, my main concern is a very low mantienance and long-term lower cost of upkeep.
Looking through builds that others have posted, what we find desirable it seems many other owners do as well. What I'm looking for is what you learned about your build, what would you do different, what is a necessity, what area can one trim the budget without sacrificing the end install.
What I've decided is key is make sure the plumbing sizing is correct and perhaps upgraded. Upgrade to a cartridge-based filter, perhaps a D.E. system. I should add we'll go with a salt system from the onset and LED lighting. Are automated controls a must or mostly flash?
im glad I found this site, I've learned more in a very brief time and expect I'll learn more. Thanks for any advice you care to share and I'll keep the board updated as to my progress.