After lurking on this site for a while and gaining so much valuable information, I finally have a proposal of my own to request input.
Can you guys look at this proposal and let me know if I should change anything?
25x37 gunite geometric IGP (~675sqft) (12' wide at the deep end, stepping out to 25' at the shallow end).
3 1/2' to 7.5' depth (with diving envelope)
6'x9.5' 18" raised pool area with with 9' tiled spillway (like a spa, but uses water from the main pool -- I like the idea of a spa area, but I don't like hot water)
Submerged limestone on the sun shelf (may change that to same tile as spillway)
WetEdge Satin Matrix (may change to primera stone)
70sqft ledger stone raised beam (for a drainage issue)
1/2" rebar 10" on center (for pool and spa)
8-10" gunite Floor/Walls
12" gunite ground beam
"upto" 2.5" Schedule 40 PVC
Heat pump to heat body of pool (haven't chosen which one yet)
Pentair Quad DE 80 filter
Pentair IntelliFlo VS-3050
Pentair WhisperFlow 1 1/2 HP (for IF cleaner)
Paramount PV3 Infloor cleaner w/leaf basket
Paramount O3 Ozone with Rainbow In-Line Chlorinator
Pentair EasyTouch P-4
Wireless 4 function remote (what kind? doesn't say)
3 Pentair Intellibrite Color LED (2 main pool, 1 spa area)
2 Bubblers for baja shelf
1 sheer for diving platform
5 Directional inlets returns, looped for even pressure
2 Pentair skimmers
1 MDX debris removal drain
3 AquaStar drains
I can't tell if the filter is appropriately sized or not.
Like many PBs in Texas, this pool builder won't do SWGs unless you waive the warranty on your coping. Apparently the type of limestone that is used here is very susceptible to damage with a SWG pool. So -- no SWG for me.
Right now he has 3 of the 5 returns running through the raised area of the pool so that the spillway has an adequate flow rate. I told him that I want to change that because when the pool is being heated, I'm going to lose a LOT of heat overnight when the pool is being cleaned or filtered with all that water going over the spillway. I asked him to figure out how to re-plumb the raised area so that its flow is independent from the main body of the pool. I don't care if they have to add another pump to get it done. Any ideas on this? It will use the same water as the main body of the pool, but I want to be able to turn on/off water going in/out of the raised area (or ideally just over the spillway).
I know that the IF cleaner is a hot button on this forum and it is a Really expensive item because of the size and shape of my pool. There will be a LOT of trees over and around this pool (one red oak overhanging a short side about 5' and live oaks completely lining one long side). I'm hoping that the IF cleaner will help me have to pay less attention to the pool than if I didn't have it. I know that a Polaris or robot would do the job, but I just wish my son were 5 years older so that I could give him the job of manning the cleaners...
Because of the incredible leafy situation, would I benefit from venturi skimmers? I haven't broached that subject with the designer because I don't want to bring up yet another thing that he has to research if it isn't going to benefit me. If you DO think that's a good idea, can you recommend one so that I can start him in the right direction?