We are in Huntington Beach, Southern California. I am in the design phase of creating an IG jacuzzi in our backyard. I am hoping to manage the project and sub it out myself and am starting from scratch with zero knowledge of pools, etc. Don't roll your eyes yet . I successfully designed and managed the total, complete tear down of our 3200 sq ft home in 5 months and on budget and without a GC so I am feeling very empowered . Unfortunately my husband didn't think our home needed to be torn down and rebuilt as all he has ever wanted is a jacuzzi. So, I have saved some money and am set on making this happen. Is this the right place to post my questions about recommended jacuzzi size, equipment preferences, etc. If not just let me know. If so, does anyone have strong opinions on the following:
1)I understand that keeping the equipment close to the spa can save a notable amount of money, true?? If so, what part is expensive? and is there a "cost" for having it close (noise, smell, etc.) For example, if my choices are to have a long line from the gas to the equipment or a long line from the equipment to the spa I will be have to decide which is the least invasive, expensive, etc.
2)How much space should be reserved for the footprint of the pool equipment of a approx 8x8 in ground jacuzzi? I understand there are city restrictions on property lines, etc. but am wondering just about the footprint of the equipment.
3)Is there a general size threshold for a jacuzzi at which time you might as well have a pool because the cost/time to heat it, etc no longer makes it a quick easy resource? I understand there are some quick heat equipment options but price is a factor so I would love to be able to heat the spa in <30min or less and am willing to compromise on size before spending more on equipment.
Thanks to anyone who can provide help or support.