Been lurking on this forum for a while as we have been interviewing many contractors over the past ~2 months and trying to figure out what type of pool to build. We started out thinking we were going to build a gunite pool, but after much additional reading, research, and discussions, we finally settled on fiberglass. We've chosen a rectangular Blue Hawaiian model called the Olympic Bay - measurements are listed at 41' x 16' with a 7' deep end.
We just signed a contract last week and are currently working to finalize the topo survey so that we can submit the permit application this week - not sure how long that will take. I'm currently thinking that we are looking at a late-September install.
I am still reading and researching certain items for the pool and am open to any last-minute suggestions that you all might have... here is where I am thus far:
- Coverstar auto-cover installed
- 4 deck jets (installed in decking)
- Two skimmers ---- contractor is telling me that I should only use one as the second will mess with the flow and create dead spots. I had been set on 2 based on things I have read on this site... any thoughts?
- 4 returns
- 1 dedicated vac line return
- 2" plumbing throughout
- Water line tile
- Hose spigot installed on equipment pad
- 4 LED lights
- Slide line plumbed for possible future addition
Here are things that I am still working to finalize:
- Leaning towards Bluestone coping --- think it will look nice with the rectangular pool
- torn between using stamped concrete OR pavers for the decking.... leaning towards the stamped concrete
- Equipment as follows:
*Sta-Rite cartridge filters
*Sta-Rite VS pump
*Pentair Heat Pump --- am leaning towards the Heat Pump over a NG heater given the fact that we'll have the cover... I like the water warm though and not 100% sure I'm making the right call here
I'm still on the fence as to which cleaner to add. My contractor is pushing a robot - the Smartpool Wall Scrubber specifically as he thinks it will do the best job... but the reviews I have read online haven't blown me away. I was thinking that the Baracuda MX8 suction-side cleaner might do the job... still unsure where to go here.
Also, I NEED a basketball court for pool play and am not sure whether to have one installed into the pool deck or to use one of the 'moveable' versions. Have also seem some neat looking volleyball courts which would work great on our rectangular pool.. any ideas here would be appreciated. I was already going to install some umbrella sleeves in the decking and was thinking that I could install one on both sides of the middle of the pool which, in addition to holding umbrellas, could be used to hold a bball hoop and/or volleyball setup.
Our job is a bit complicated and will involve the demolition of our current wood deck, relocation of a large swing set/slide, and the installation of a seepage pit (per township requirements). I'm looking forward to getting things under way!