We're just getting started with planning our pool and I've been reading everything I can find on the forum but I've still got a lot to learn.
We'd like to do a 18 x 36 rectangle pool. I was really wanting gunite but around here it seems like to be under 80k it has to be vinyl or fiberglass. Right now we're leaning towards a builder that does a concrete perimeter wall instead of steel or polymer and then puts a vinyl liner in it. Thoughts on the concrete walls vs steel or polymer? Worth it?
Then I'm trying to figure out things I'll need to specify to builders to get bids, seems like when we've been talking to some of them the trend is to use 1.5" plumbing, I don't know if that's because it's good enough or they think why spend money if a guy doesn't ask for larger. Should it be 2" min? 2.5"?
For a 18 x 36 pool is one skimmer enough set downwind of the prevailing wind or should I ask for 2?
How many return jets would you say would create enough circulation?
Are deck jets just for looks or a good way to cool off a pool?
I'd really like an auto cover but we're hearing 10-20k for those and that's just not in the budget. Has anyone used the aquamatic EZ cover?
I'd like to keep this as low budget as possible but I'd also like to do it right. Is there anything that I can do now to make expanding easier? I was thinking about stubbing out a future water fall or maybe trying to get the auto cover vault poured when I'm doing the pool even if we can't afford the auto cover now. Thoughts? Sorry for the long post, I've got a million questions and I haven't been able to answer them all with the search function.