So here's our 9x18 ultraframe. We purchased one of the resin decks and finally finished the landscaping. We "tried" to do it the right way and got permits, etc, etc. $1300 for electrical and bonding and we'll still never be able to get the final inspection done. Not happy. They are requiring that the water be bonded and we can't find anything that will fit the salt water generator. I've had it up and full since March, the salt water generator is the BEST thing! I would not recommend the solar rings, they are a pain in the butt and the birds use them as bird baths so I wouldn't waste my money on them. No issues with chlorine generation, it's up go 70 degrees now so I might have to get one of the tubes out and float ON the water this weekend!
For pool base my guys did cinders underneath, we let that settle for about a month before setting up the pool. Also put the gorilla base underneath and patio blocks under the legs. One corner settled maybe an inch, but not too bad. Resin deck, pea gravel and a wood frame and stepping stones. We had a set of steps from our hot tub and thats awesome for us shorter folks, makes it really easy to clean and put stuff in/out of.
So happy with our pool, now I wish we got the bigger one!
Oh, also got one of the robots that vacuums it, its awesome! Also picked up an offset umbrella and a spa bar which fits perfectly on the far end of the pool for when the sun's shining. Resort vacation at home!!
If anyone has any info on bonding the water of the pool please let me know, I sure would like to be able to finish it the "right" way!