Thanks in advance, my main purpose is to double check ideas with experienced folks and make sure I don't make too many mistakes my first time around. I will be the pool builder, labor, plumber and electrician. This is a long post, figure I'll give you all the details and info I can.
We live in our dream home, I'll live here another 50 years. Besides me and my wife we have a 2.5yr old and one on the way. We have a couple of established trees near the future area that will stay. We tried an Intek 15' ABG for 6 months this year, leaf removal wasn't too bad.
Pool will be 16x24" Doughboy, 48" walls buried 28" with a 6'-7' deep end. I'll reinforce and pour concrete footings around the perimeter. Pool walls will be insulated with blue rigid insulation board. Vinyl liner will be dark. Once the pool is filled I plan to surround it with a cinderblock wall with 2 courses and 1 layer of 4" paver exposed. Final finish on the block wall will be terracotta tile. Pumping and filtration, hayward sand, 1.5 hp 2 speed flowtec with 2 skimmers 1 on each oval, returns, multiple, undecided. I have a couple of pumps from different spas, all single speed, 1 hp, 1.5 hp and a intek 4 amp "wet set" with cartrigde filter, I might use for water features. Additionally I have a stand alone spa I would like to tie in, married to one end, abillity to share water, overflow from spa plumbed out to spa wall/water fall to pool. Spa walls will be tiled except the maintenance side. Might add solar heat if my Airstream pool house can handle the weight.