This is my very first post as well as my very first pool. I am installing the pool in concert with a two story garage project in my back yard. I am a contractor and handling the construction of the garage. I have subbed out the site prep to a guy I regularly work with. I have no illusions that either of us are proficient in pool installations and will be subbing that out to a qualified installer.
The pool is a Creation 15x26x54” AG 10,300 gallons.
My first round of questions pertains to the mechanics of the pool. I bought the pool itself at the end of the season to take advantage of sales. I did not by any support equipment. I would like to ask you for your opinions on filter and pump types, sizes and brands. I have no knowledge or attraction to any one brand over another. I would prefer simple to complicated. I would prefer overall cost effectiveness to cheap now and pay later. I would like to use the BBB method of pool care. I work many many hours and this will be another thing that I must set time aside to do but will probably do so with some sense of enjoyment. So that is question number one; what is my best bet for pump, filter, type of filter… to operate my pool.
Question # 2 pertains to me plan on situating the pool as semi-submerged. I am looking for feedback and suggestions drawn on past experiences. I am doing major construction in my yard installing a 28x28’ two story garage. I poured my foundation at 36x28 and will be leaving the rear 8’ of concrete slab exposed to the weather. At the end of that 8’ slab is a ten foot shear wall that will be buried below grade roughly up to the depth of my pool meaning that roughly 5’ of the wall is blow grade with 5’ above grade and my pool will belly up to this wall. Belly up as close as possible so that one could step off of the concrete slab right into the pool. I will tie a ledger board into the top of the wall and install a small extension probably made of composite decking. Immediately below is a side view of my plan:
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The concrete slab that is exposed is 8’x28’ and the pool is 26’ long. I plan to build a retaining wall enclosing approximately one half of the pool. My yard’s grade naturally falls off so the bottom half of the pool will be exposed and the top half you would be able to step into as if a built in pool. Atop the retaining wall will be a paver patio as depicted below.
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Any thoughts, suggestions of guffaws will be welcomed. Thank you all.