Hello TFP! You may have noticed me lurking around the last month or so. I figured I would officially introduce myself and tell you about our upcoming build. My name is Brian and we are building a free form pool, spa, and outdoor living space at our home in Palm Beach County, Florida. While our contracts are signed, the final design details are still in limbo as evidenced by my other posts. I will be posting all updates on our future progress here. If I had to guess we are about 4-8 weeks from our dig date (waiting on permitting for home addition for covered patio).
Our build details are below, but here are the few questions I have from what I've seen here on the forum:
1 - How does our equipment rate? We've gone with Pentair for almost everything except heater (our research suggest the Hayward heaters are a little better). Anything I am missing or I should reconsider? The models of the Pentair SWG and Pentair Filter cartridges are not currently specificed in my proposal. What do I most likely need and why?
2 - This forum really stresses the importance of plaster selection which originally didnt seem like a big decision to us. Diamond Brite seems to be the standard here in Florida. And we prefer the smooth surfaces. Any thoughts on this?
3 - Our pool builder suggested we add a second LED light to the pool as we increased it in size from 30' to 34' in our design stage. Do we really need a second?
4 - I havent even started looking at testing and maintaining water chemistry, but will sharpen up on that in the next couple of months.
5 - Should I be considering adding jets to our spa? Ive seen a lot of 10 jet spas on the site, but cant appreciate the real difference.
6 - We did not opt for automation. Is it worth it for our setup? And what is a reasonable cost to add automation?
Here is what we do know:
Gunite Free Form Pool dimensions - ~34'x17' not including 9'x12' sunshelf; ~105 linear feet perimeter; ~600sqft
Spa - 7' round raised spa; 6 jets; glass mosaic tile inside and outside
Decking - Approx 2,000 sqft of grade A walnut tumbled travertine pavers in french pattern
Covered Patio - 15'X40' 3 column covered patio with barrel tile roof, 3 fans, and 8 high-hat lights
Details from our pool builder proposal:
Engineered plans and necessary normal permitting.
Normal grading and removal of sod from pool and deck area.
Steel reinforcing specifically engineered for swimming pool requirements.
Standard size excavation equipment.
Excavate pool area and remove excavated fill to approved dump site or leave and spread excavated fill.
Remove and replace existing fence by professional pool builder contractor.
Cut and cap sprinkler system by a professional pool builder contractor (note that sprinkler company will do all they
can to allow the balance of your sprinkler system to operate during pool construction). Buyer to re-route
sprinkler system at job completion.
GUNITE & BACKFILL:
High strength “Bond Beam” constructed gunite pool shell.
Backfill pool structure and compact at 2 foot intervals.
Lifetime structural warranty.
PLUMBING FIXTURES & WARRANTY:
3 return inlets.
Aqua Star safety “Channel 3” main drain.
Deluxe automatic wide mouth skimmer with overflow line.
Separate pool cleaner line.
Overflow line (to maintain the water level in the event of rain).
Equalizer line to protect pump from burning out in the event of a low pool water level.
Deluxe “Never Lube” valves.
3 year materials & labor warranty on all PVC plumbing.
Lifetime structural warranty.
COPING & TILE:
Tile: Six (6) inch band of standard ceramic waterline tile.
“Thermo-Seal” behind waterline tile to prevent leaks.
4 Pentair LED color lights (2 in main pool, one on sun shelf, and one in spa).
1 Pentair Intellibrite in-home light switch.
Remove existing paver patio & replace with Travertine.
2,000 sf of Grade A French Pattern “Tumbled” Travertine (including deck bonding below the deck per the National Electrical Code for grounding around the perimeter of a swimming pool).
7’ round 24” raised spa w/6 hydro-jets (incl 2 air controls), bench, dual main drain, glass mosaic tile trim on spa seat, LED color spa light, marble spillway, glass mosaic tiled dam wall & tile around entire perimeter of spa.
Pentair Intellichlor salt generator.
2 clear bubblers on sun shelf.
Hayward 5 h.p. 140,000 BTU heat pump.
Sun shelf (9’ x 12’) with tile trim edge, Pentair LED color light & umbrella sleeve.
POOL EQUIPMENT (pump(s) & filter):
Pentair Intelliflow 3.0 Variable Speed (w/on board programming).
Pentair Clean & Clear Cartridge Filter.
STANDARD SWIMMING POOL FEATURES:
Deep end swimout with tile trim edge.
One set of hand formed shallow end steps with tile edge trim.
“Quartz” e. g. Florida Gem, Diamond Brite, Quartzscapes, etc. (standard colors).
ELECTRICAL HOOK-UP ITEMS:
Standard hook-up of pump & light(s).
One “Color Logic” in-house light switch (see pic on page 3).
SERVICE & INSTRUCTIONS:
Initial start-up service and instructions up to 30 days chemicals and pool service.
“The Process”, a printed guide which details the series of events from contract signing through the end of
construction, filling of the swimming pool and swimming pool operating and care instructions & pool school.
INSURACE & LICENSING:
General Liability - $1,000,000
Personal Injury - $1,000,000
General Aggregate - $2,000,000
Products – Comp/OP Aggregate - $2,000,000
Copy of Insurance Certificate & State License provided for HOA.
Re-route sprinkler system at job completion.
Sod replacement if required by HOA.
ADDITIONAL WORK BY POOL BUILDER:
One Hayward “Blu” pool cleaner (free add-on).
Electrical conduit for future line no closer than 10’ to pool.
Here is the future location of our project!