After 2 months of planning and permits, our pool build started yesterday. Our yard had a severe slope in the rear, so we had to have an 80' long x 4' high retaining wall added first. The dig was completed by noon yesterday, and they are already to go with gunite on Thursday. It is going so fast right now, so I have some pressure to make some decisions:
1. Should I have deck jets added? My wife doesn't like them much, but I tell her they aren't for her, they are for the kids. Is it worth it for the kids? Do they really play in them?
2. My builder has told me that we could add a 2nd variable speed pump and divert the primary and secondary pumps to swim jets if we want them. That would give us about 260 GPM through the swim jets, and it would also give me the ability to really crank the water over my spa spillway. He tells me the swim jets are what his kids enjoyed more than anything else in his pool of goodies. Does anybody have any experience with them to tell me if they are worth it for the kids to play in?
3. We are leading toward travertine pavers, but my wife is concerned about the look of them when they are sand set as opposed to grouted. She has seen some sand set decks that looked a bit sloppy with the cracks between travertine pavers. Does anybody have any input? The alternative is concrete pavers.
Here are the specs on my pool so far:
- 18' x 36' Free Form
2 LED Lights
Sta-Rite IntelliPro Variable Speed Pump (possible 2nd one to be added for deck jets, swim jets)
Sta-Rite S8M 450 SQ. FT. Cartridge Filter
AquaCal SQ120 Heat Pump
PebbleTec Tahoe Blue
Easy Touch Controls w/ iPhone/iPad App
- 7' Round
Raised 15" from Deck (30" from Water Line)
8' Wide Spillway w/ 30" Drop to Water Line (cascading)
2 HP Sta-Rite Max Pro Pump
- 2000 S.F.
Raised 12" on Back Side
16" x 16" Diagonal Pattern