Hi - my wife and I are looking to build our first in-ground family pool. She's 5'2", I'm about 5'10". We have young children ages 4-7. We're leaning towards a casual pool for kids and occasional entertaining. We have a completely level lot. We don't think we want the risk of a diving pool (8 ft. deep end)... seems like a waste of usual space to us and an accident waiting to happen.
Please provide constructive input and criticism! I've learned so much from each of you in these forums and welcome each of your input on how to build the most practical, pool the first time vs. learning the hard way. Don't have a pool image yet. PB supposed to provide.
So far, we are looking at:
- 17' x 35' concrete gunite, approx. 500 sq. ft. free form pool - somewhat of a kidney shape. They call it Altadenan.
- Pool depth of 3' to 5' - they can do more like 3.3' to 5-3'. We felt 6' deep wouldn't be ideal since it would be over our heads and most of our friends'.
- Basic concrete with Kool-Deck around the perimeter of the pool. Should we ask PB to do something different or seal after pool built to protect against saltwater?
- IntelliChlor IC40 SWG ($1,893) - decided against Frog Mineral System from research
- LED Colored Lighting x 1 ($433 upgrade) - should we consider 2?
- No spa. No water features, waterfalls, etc.
- Pentair Rebel suction side cleaner (included)
- PB recommending white marble plaster. Offering Diamond Brite as a $1,796 upgrade. We are considering it. White looks outdated to me. Is it worth it for durability?
- 4' swim-out instead of a ladder ($750 option)
- Electric supply and connection not incuded, PB suggested we budget $1,500 for electrician
- Will add auto-fill valve for $250 - plan to ask for a shutoff valve to be plumbed to auto-fill line to test for future leaks. PB saying they can't add a drain for overflow since lot is level and there's nowhere to drain to?
- Estimating $500 to fill pool based on neighbors' experiences with comparable pool size
- Estimating $500 for dirt removal per PB
- No mesh cover w/ anchors the first year (we have no trees/leaves nearby)
- Concrete pad for pool equipment included - plan to ask them to extend pad to 4'x8' for flexibility to add an electric heat pump in future if needed
- Rheem R410A heat pump offered as a $4,800 option - we'd like it, but may add later
- Includes 3 deck jets ($1,650)
- Package includes "standard equipment" - pump filter, plumbing, frost proof tile, start-up chemicals, test kit "and more"
PB hasn't indicated:
- what model pool pump or pump filter are included in the build
- how many skimmers are included - how many do we want? where do we want them located? should each skimmer be on it's own, dedicated vacuum line or are they daisy-chained together? should the Pentair Rebel suction side cleaner be on a vacuum line that's independent from the skimmers?
- how many returns are included - how many do we want? where do we want them located?
- how many drains are included and where?
Am estimating cost @ ~$58K right now despite unknowns of pump type (single, dual, variable speed), pump filter type, etc.
Thanks in advance for your input.