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    Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a pool?

    Building a pool and looking for recommendations on what to include. I am also thinking about doing all but the dig and cement work myself. Any advice would be most appreciated. Right now I am thinking about an l-shaped pool (so we can have a larger play area and also a diving board). Also leaning towards saltwater and polymer walls because of the cost savings and the idea of putting steel in the ground doesn't excite me.

    Looking forward to hearing your feedback. What a great site/resource!

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Of course, you need a good test kit like the TF-100 plus the SpeedStir!

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Quote Originally Posted by swagsandwich View Post
    Building a pool and looking for recommendations on what to include. I am also thinking about doing all but the dig and cement work myself. Any advice would be most appreciated. Right now I am thinking about an l-shaped pool (so we can have a larger play area and also a diving board). Also leaning towards saltwater and polymer walls because of the cost savings and the idea of putting steel in the ground doesn't excite me.

    Looking forward to hearing your feedback. What a great site/resource!
    I know what you don't want there- UV/Ozone sanitizer, any solid chlorine tabs dispenser or some metal based algae prevention system. Expensive and useless at the same time.
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    I vote for a tanning ledge with umbrella!
    18 x 38 gunite, 39-7 deep, 8 x 12 tanning ledge with 8 deep water, umbrella sleeve, 2 LED bubblers.
    2 Pentair LED lights, 16 long fiberglass hill slide and jump rock. Sand dune pavers/coping. TF-100. My build: Georgia Pool Build.... No Longer O/B :))

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Must haves for me are:
    Usable depth throughout, usable unimpeded length (for laps), a wow factor of some kind (water/fire features), shade.

    Check out liner-over-stairs options, i think avoiding the traditional fiberglass stairs looks a lot better.

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    DE filter for sure. Rounded edges corners are harder to clean. Thermal plumbing rather than a cover for heat. Plaster (white) holds up the best. More mechanical than electronic system ( less convenient but more reliable and cheaper to install /maintain) Color changing lights or lenses. Swim up bar
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Umbrella mount(s) - we have a built in table and the umbrella covers two built in loungers. Great area to relax in the water. Diving board. SWG. We have a 3" ledge around from the 3 1/2' end to the 8' end - is a great place for younger kids to stand and take a break, or helps if you want to hop out of pool where there is no ladder.
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    42" deep standing benches in the deep end corners attached to 18" deep ones.
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    Oh, and a good robot!
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Awesome! Keep them coming!

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    I have a vinyl liner like you are leaning towards. For me, must haves are a bench in the deep end (you'll get so much more use out of that area with it) and liner covered steel stairs. Also really nice coping, in-pool lights and a heater (though the heater can easily be added later).
    Inground, vinyl liner, 16 x 32 (approx. 21k gallons), roman end w/ bench, 2 Jandy LED lights
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Auto-fill to maintain water level and overflow drain so no adding water every few days in the summer and no standing in the rain draining pool in winter....
    18,000 gunite pool/spa combo. Pebble tec, iaqualink rs8, cl580 filter, aquapure 1400, 400k btu lx heater, 10 solar panels, jandy 1hp, 1 1/2hp, and 2hp stealth pumps for circ, spa, waterfall

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    We've got two young kids (and we are big kids ourselves) so our must have was a slide!
    (We got the S.R.Smith Turbo Twister!)
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Quote Originally Posted by Rossterman View Post
    Auto-fill to maintain water level and overflow drain so no adding water every few days in the summer and no standing in the rain draining pool in winter....
    The OP is in Goshen, Indiana. He will be ice skating on his pool in the winter.
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Quote Originally Posted by Geebot View Post
    The OP is in Goshen, Indiana. He will be ice skating on his pool in the winter.
    Well maybe in spring or fall???
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    What is thermal plumbing?

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    I would for sure suggest you look into a built in table. Our builder called it a Margarita table. We use it all the time.
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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Thanks so much for your input! Love these. How about decking? People happy with concrete? Happier with composite decking? Is it worth it to go more upscale and do travertine?

    And yes, I will be ice skating in the winter

    I am thinking I might go with an L shaped pool so we have a mini- usable area for volleyball, basketball, etc, but still have a deep end for a diving board/slide

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    The L shape sounds like the best of both worlds! Go for it!

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    Re: Just starting the process in Northern Indiana - what are your "must haves" in a p

    Hello fellow northern Indiana neighbor, I'm just a long stones throw from you over in south bend!

    I have only come into ownership of a pool in the past 5 months, but having the opportunity to build your own, take some time to really think about the layout/style of things around the pool as well. Yes it can all be added later, but if the table or bench in the pool isn't feasible right now, maybe make a little cabana bar just outside of it, or add a long rectangle covered area with some nice furniture to enjoy as well.

    My wife and I were recently at a friends house and their pool almost seemed secondary to their little Caribbean retreat of a layout outside of the pool. They had a 3-waterfall system off to the side flowing down onto gorgeous obsidian type rocks, beautiful multi-tiered levels which included a hot tub, what seemed to be an outdoor sauna, a rinse-off/shower area, and a full open seating bar area complete with storage, TV, built in grill, and sink.

    It felt like a little mini getaway.

    Remember, we only get about 4 months (5 if your brave) of use so make sure whatever you do, you use the bonkers out of it!

    An idea FOR the pool, built in retractable hardcover (also seen at friends house) fall and winter can be brutal here, I'm not looking forward to the amount of time cleaning leaves out of the pool...

    Good luck! I'm excited to see the progress and eventually final product!
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