I think this forum is probably not really for pool planning, but I am hoping to benefit from your experience and build (hopefully) a trouble free pool.
Our project is as follow: we plan on buying a smaller lot (5900 sqft) and build a brand new house with a pool, mainly for swimming, but also for our 2 kids to play in: after all, in Houston, you can use your pool about 9 months out of 12! (the only reason my husband is ok with us building a pool is because I promised I would use it a lot for exercising and that our kids would love it too, and more importantly, that I would be in charge of planning and taking care of it)
- I think 10*45 would be a nice size, and to that add some stairs/tanning shelf on one side: any input on that? Any good pool builder in the Houston area? What kind of depth should I plan on?
- It gets very hot in Houston: any advice on how to keep the water cool enough?
- I don't plan on getting a heater, is that stupid?
- I want my pool to be as simple and modern looking as possible, with a wood deck (I am considering ipe wood, i.e. brazilian walnut, I think, as it is more or less the same price as composite and very easy to maintain, and beautiful. (if anyone knows of deck builders in Houston that do ipe decks, please share! )
- I am an environmental engineer and geologist, and I care about the environment a lot (for instance I would like my house to be LEED certified), so I first looked into systems like EcoSmarte and CLfree, but after reading a lot on those, I have trouble to understand how they could really work on pools. I do see how they probably work very well to treat water for a house, but for a pool, I think it is not quite ready yet. So I am looking to find the most environmentally friendly alternative, and I am concerned about chlorine sensitivity (my husband is VERY sensitive to chlorine in water), so I have to find the best way to have a healthy water that does not smell or sting or dry the skin, or anything nasty like that
So I am thinking salt. With maybe something more?
Of course, cost is also an issue, but I think that it is worth it to pay a bit more first to avoid too much trouble later
Attached are examples of wood decks and simple pools that I like.
I think that's all for now. Thanks to everyone who is posting on this blog for all the info I was already able to find on that. This is a great resource!!