Hey guys, I am new to the form and considering a new construction of a gunite pool in 2017. Have a bunch of questions so please bear with me. Looks like I will be having a free form gunite in-ground pool roughly 38-40ft long x 18-20 ft wide (haven't confirmed size yet) with a attached raised spa. Live in Cherry Hill NJ area.
Question 1: Pool Builder Reccs: Was trying to get recommendations on which builders to have come by for a quote. Some of the more reputable builders in the area are as follow: Van Brill Pools, Brunetti Pools, Swim-mor pools, Budds Pools, Anthony and Sylvan, Seasonal World. Was curios if you guys have and experience with these builders in regards to quality of build, workmanship etc?
Question 2: If starting from scratch, what is some of your favorite pool equipment per category and pool upgrades if you could do it all over again? I want to keep long term costs and efficiency in mind when choosing equipment to keep recurring bills as low as possible if equipment upgrade is worth the cost. I have put in parenthesis things I am leaning toward based on forum perusing for a while.
Filter: (lean toward cartridge; Jandy or Pentair?)
Pump (Lean toward VS Pump- ?Pentair Intelliflo?)
Heater for Pool/Spa - (?Heater vs Heat Pump) [If heater Jandy LXi vs Jandy High E2)
Deep End Depth Recc (No diving board in pool so debating 6-8ft)
Deep End Drainage - Deep end Drains (2) vs Deep water outlets at corner of deep end side wall junction
Pool Plumbing - Leaning toward at least 2.5" on the suction side and 2" on the return side; individual runs for 2 skimmers and main drain
Spa Recc: 8 jets, ?Own Var Speed speed pump, Air Blower
Spa Plumbing: install 3" return and suction
Auto Fill: considering a waterfall feature leading to evaporation
Safety Cover Recc?
Thanks so much in advance