OK, we started this project back in March and I've learned a TON from reading this site since before then and I finally got some of the pictures together so I could post them for y'all.
A little background, we had a 12x24 Intex oval with the inflatable ring for about 5 years that finally sprung a leak last fall that we couldn't keep fixed (by the way, they're not really 12x24 when setup). I figured after 5 years of service I didn't have any room to complain so we limped through the end of swim season and then cut up the pool and threw it away. I figured this spring we'd buy a new one for a few hundred bucks and be back in business
Long ago we'd put solar panels on top of the pergola and upgraded the pump and filter so this spring before we bought a new pool I had the bright idea of digging a few trenches and moving the pool equipment around the side of the house so we wouldn't have to listen to it anymore.... anyone ever read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"?
Anyway, we started with the hose on the ground and worked from there. To save money we are doing all the plumbing and electrical ourselves, but all the concrete work, digging, tile work, etc is left to our pool builder.