I've been lurking on these forums for a few months...and finally decided to pull the trigger and build that pool my wonderful wife has been asking for all these years. She deserves it having to put up with me! The hottest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma summer in recent memory also helped win me over to getting a pool.
We heavily researched all three types: gunite, liner, and fiberglass. We choose fiberglass for several reasons. But mostly because we feel that it will be lower maintenance and upkeep in the long-run, we loved the design and look, and our pool builder does amazing work.
We finally decided on a Viking fiberglass pool. Specifically, the 16' x 40' Caribbean model, in Maya Diamond color with waterline tile. More details can be found in my signature at the bottom of this page. We particularly liked this model as it was fairly large (our backyard needs some filling up) and has plenty of seating in both the shallow and deep end. We were not interested in a diving pool or slide......so the deep end of 6'6" will be more than enough for us.
We signed the contract tonight, 31 August 2011, and are scheduled for a late October to mid-November installation.
Mark Trammell of Sea Breeze Pools out of Oklahoma City will be our builder. Very nice fellow. Can't wait to see how he transforms our backyard! You can see a few of his previous projects in his gallery here: http://www.swimseabreeze.com/
We'll be documenting our pool build via this forum thread so if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I'm sure I'm going to have plenty for you all as we go through this process.
Once the build begins, I'll be adding loads of pictures and commentary to this thread.
In the meantime.....if you have any input on equipment upgrades you think will be best for us.....or if you'd be so kind to answer my favorite question I have for pool owners:
"If you could do one thing over on your pool build......what would it be?" I'd really appreciate hearing from you.
My first photo will be a "sky" view of my yard....showing the blank canvas that we have to work with. Notice my neighbor to the left has a liner pool....and my neighbor to the right has a fiberglass pool. We're that blank area in the middle.
More photos and blogging as we approach "D" (dig)- Day!
The "canvas". We have some room to fill back here. I promise this yard will be more fun next year.
View toward the back of the house.
From the porch. We need more water back here!
When they pour our decking we'll be having an extra 15' x 24' pad poured to accomadate our pavillion we will be building next spring. It will closely resemble this one.
Until the dig starts...I look forward to learning much from these forums and your comments!