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    Jul 2010
    Ashford, CT

    DYI Pool Build -CT

    Enclosed are some pics from my DYI build a couple of years ago.

    Pool is built into side of hill and looks line endless pool when your at pool level as it drops off into the woods. Still need to finish some decking, and stone walls, but that will happen in the next month or so. Kinda the never ending project. Had a friend help/do all layout and steel 25 year old school pool super and master builder, then outsourced the gunite and plaster to the top companies that do all the high end work. Basically they charged me the same the charge other builders -work was slow that year. Did all other work myself and with a couple of friends. Plumbing, and main electrical/bonding w/ help of licensed local friend.. etc

    Spend close to 80K for everything my cost, but the pool builders wanted over 125+ before change orders (and there would have been many add on's) and I know where they would have cut corners, materials and costs. This included the pool house, all electronics, landscaping and other side work. I did have to spend close to 10k for fill since it was built in the side of a hill, but it was the only place I could really put it due to septic and ledge. Also went with true 12" thick Gunite, expensive tile, very expensive coping and all pentair Easy Touch/ LED lights, deck jets, Starite filter and Intellipro SVRS pump, IC40, special heating system & heat exchanges as I use my Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace to heat my pool and spa, granite decking and stairs, stone walls, plus a sprinkler system and lots of massive tree and site work.

    PS my wife is disabled so I wanted to make a larger shallow end for her, but then compensated by making the decking larger on the deep end. 9' deep appx 26000 gal. Will post more pics another day, but just ran across these on an old computer so thought I would post up.

    At night from house w/intellibrite LED lights on blue

    Spa work in progress

    Backfilled w/ pool house and all plumbing & electrical burried

    Installing tile- set with laser level and sharpe marker then nailed level board

    Curved Bluestone Pool Coping- USING CURVED TEMPLATES then ordered like lego's very little waste and cuts

    Deep end looking toward pool house

    Carribean Blue Plaster- adding water (same color mix as Pebletech)

    Diving Rock - found rock in side yard.. custom integrated natural step

    Finished Pool & grading before decking.... had to swim... the entire concrete structure was
    above ground before backfill- this area did not exist. It was level with the grade below.

    Plumbing behind pool house -

    Plaster day w/ Tent looking up toward house

    Looking up toward the house, before stone walls etc.

    Now that I see these I remember all the work... but swimming is nice. Actually plan on opening this week in CT ! Cause I can heat
    it for free with my Central Boiler.... and have freeze protection in the system just in case of a cold spell. Did not close till Nov 1st last year.
    25k 20x40 Gunite w/ integrated Spa & Caribbean Blue Plaster, Curved Bluestone Coping, Deck Jets
    Pentair Easy Touch/Wireless, Sta-Rite Intellipro SRVS Pump, Intellibrite Lights, & Pentair IC40 Cell, Sta-Rite 450sf Cartridge filter
    Heated from Central Boiler - Outdoor Wood Furnace & Triangle Tube Max Heat Exchanger
    ColorQ Pro

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    Feb 2008
    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: DYI Pool Build -CT

    Very nice!
    10K gallon IG gunite with waterfall; Pentair CC320P filter; WhisperFlo 2 HP pump
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    Oct 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: DYI Pool Build -CT

    I love the custom dive rock...can't beat the price either!
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
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