YET ANOTHER UPDATE!: Well, we chickened out about not putting in a spa, and decided to add one. That caused a few other minor changes. We also decided to go with Travertine for the decking instead of stamped concrete. Pool perimeter changed to 111 ft. Spa is 8.5x5 with a tiered spillway, an Intellibrite LED, 400k BTU Pentair MasterTemp Heater, and 2HP Silencer Blower. We also removed one bench that we deemed to be a hazard for kids jumping off the spa, and increased the max depth to 6'. Permit and HOA docs have been updated. I *think* we are done making changes.
Spa spillway will look something like this (except concave):
... to match the back wall, which will look something like this:
UPDATE!: We've selected a PB, finalized a design, and signed a contract. We are now going through permits, HOA, etc. Hopefully we'll start to dig soon.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in suggestions and offered guidance so far!
Here are the details:
Dimensions: 41ft x 24'10"ft
Volume: 21,769 gal
Surface Area: 645ft2
Decking: Likely 682ft2 (stamped concrete); light colored; ashlar pattern
Coping: Oklahoma flagstone
Back wall: Dry stack flagstone; 3 x 24" scuppers; 12", stepping down to 6" at ends
Stonescapes MiniPebble Interior (Aqua Cool color)
Large Tanning ledge with 3 bubblers
Pentair Quad 100 DE filter
Pentair Intelliflow 3050 VS Main Pump
Pentair WhisperFlow 1.5HP Pump for Scuppers
Polaris 280 with booster
2 x Pentair Intellibrite 5G LED lights
Pentair IC60 SWCG
Pentair Intellichem + Acid Tank (for acid distribution with feedback, mainly - I know, this is a more $ option than IntelliPH)
Pentair EasyTouch 8 + Screenlogic 2
Here are some pictures of the final design:
I discovered TFP a few days ago, and it truly is a wealth of information. Thanks to everyone who posts and provides guidance and feedback, etc.
Now, my first post ... here it goes.
We are planning to build a pool over the next few months. This will be our second pool. The first was a free form in SW Houston area. Tropical landscaping, boulders, salt water chlorine generator, etc. This time around we are north of Dallas, where tropical isn't so much the norm. So we are planning to go in a slightly different direction.
Here are the basics of the design we've considered so far.
Free-form IG gunite/plaster pool only (no Spa)
Dimensions: 39ft x 21.5ft
Volume: 20,484 gal
Surface Area: 575ft2
Decking: Likely 550-600ft2 (stamped/textured concrete) + 132ft2 patio overlay; LIGHT colored; block pattern
Back wall: Dry stack flagstone; 3 x 3ft sheer descents; terminated by 18" columns
Large Tanning ledge with 1 bubbler (considering adding 2 more bubblers)
Jandy 60ft2 DE filter with sight glass on backwash line to P-trap
Backwash valve = Jandy NeverLube
Jandy 2HP VS Pump
Jandy PS4 Controller with remote
Polaris 280 with booster
2 x 500W Jandy incandescent lights
PowerClean in-line chlorinator (also included QuikPure Ozonator w/ UV lamps, but likely will remove to save cost)
Minimum 2" suction and 1.5" return lines
Kid Fence or Wrought Iron Fence
So, now for things in question:
I have read a lot of recommendations for ditching the Polaris 280 + booster in favor of 360 or The Pool Cleaner. But, would 1 2HP VS pump be enough for pool + polaris + 3 bubblers + 3 3ft sheer descents?
I liked out SWG in our first pool (which we owned for only 3 yrs), but I've heard horror stories about salt damaging decking, equipment, etc. Thought on in-line chlorinator (monthly cost vs startup cost of SWG, long term damage to decking and hardwood floors (inside), etc)
To Pebble Sheen, or not to Pebble Sheen? That is the question.
Another other concerns/issues/questions about the design?
I hope these pictures work:
I am planning to meet with a couple more builders, and I plan to roll any feedback into the other meetings / designs.
Thanks in advance!!