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    New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Just wanted to thank everyone on this forum for posting their information. My husband and I have gotten a ton of ideas from your posts!

    Our pool build officially starts today! We are using Platinum Poolcare out of Wheeling, Illinois. They have a reputation for building awesome pools (featured on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms.) Hope ours turns out as great as some of their others.

    Pool Specs:

    45x20 Inground Rectagular Shotcrete Pool
    Automatic Pool Cover with concrete cantilever cover
    3'6 to 9 ft. deep
    Waterfall with bench underneath and a Turbo Twister slide
    Diving board with a corner step-out for getting out of the water
    Tanning ledge at shallow end--big enough for two chaise lounges
    Two basketball hoops, and infloor anchors for a volleyball net
    6 deck sprayers and 3 in-pool LED lights

    The dig starts today! As I am typing this, they are spraying out the layout in my yard. Yesterday, they removed our existing above-ground pool and did yard grading to get the heavy construction equipment in and out of our yard.

    After I wrote this, the crew got a good portion of the dig done today and laid gravel on the shallow end. They put up fencing around the site and will be back tomorrow. I have a ton of pictures but I haven't had the chance to organize them yet. Once I do, I will post a link.

    Take care--

    Kristen in Illinois
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Seems that you are excited to post all the bells and whistles, but not the equipment that actually matters and buyers pay no attention to.
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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    post pics.. I am in southern wisconsin near lake geneva. We are currently building our pool as well. dig is complete/ walls are up and cemented in. plumbing to be done tomorrow.
    18x36 Inground 22000 gal Vinyl Lined sport pool \ P Pentair Intelliflo VS pump, Sta-rite 400SQ FT Cartridge filter, Pentair MasterTemp 250K HD Heater, Pentair SunTouch Control System, Pentair IC40 SWG, 2 Pentair Intellibrite 5G Lights, Pentair Intellibrite lite Controller, Pentair Kreepy Krauly 820 robot.

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Seems that you are excited to post all the bells and whistles, but not the equipment that actually matters and buyers pay no attention to.
    Yeah, maybe just a bit! I'm just excited to watch all of the demolition and excavation right now! I am also a girl, and I guess I care more about how pretty and "cool" it looks

    Some more details about our build:
    20x45 ft, 900 sq ft, 33,150 gallonsx

    3 Pentair Pumps (Filtration, Waterfall, and Deck Sprayers)
    Pentair Clean and Clear cartridge filter
    Raypak natural gas heater
    Nature2 and Rainbow Chlorinator
    Pentair Intellitouch pool controller
    3 Intellibrite LED lights
    Polaris 280 pool cleaner
    CeramaQuartz Pool Finish in Cool Blue
    Aquamatic hydraulic pool cover
    Tahitian Gloss Blue Tile with deco tiles every 4 tiles
    Turbo Twister slide

    Is that a sufficient breakdown of the "guts?" Let me know what I'm missing!

    Kristen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suprfly View Post
    post pics.. I am in southern wisconsin near lake geneva. We are currently building our pool as well. dig is complete/ walls are up and cemented in. plumbing to be done tomorrow.
    Howdy, neighbor! Sounds like you are just a little north of us, and you're about a week or so ahead of us in your build. I can be in Lake Geneva in about 20 minutes. Hope we get some nice weather so these projects can get done quickly!

    Kristen
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Well you should certain nix the nature 2 ... search the forum for why.

    Do you also have a booster pump for the cleaner? Your electric meter is going to be spinning.

    Hopefully you are at least getting a 2 speed for the filter pump.
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    Here is a link to my photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/10206...09399050684625

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    Jason, I will check into the specs. Thanks for the tips!
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Thanks for the pics. I'm a boy and I love watching big diggers work!

    A follow-up to the note above about the booster pump required for the Polaris 280. Since you have an autocover (we do to so I can speak from experience) and what looks to be a "clean" local environment (no tall messy trees, etc.) you will not likely need to run the cleaner that much. With my brushing, pushing things towards our main drains, and having the cover closed often, very little dirt accumulates. I tend to run it once every week or two for an hour or two. So not much time to add up to a big electricity bill. That being said, in hindsight, I also be just as happy (maybe happier) with a robot because they are easier. Just plug in and throw in when needed. No water tubing to wind up, no extra pump on the pad, etc. Either way not a big deal though in your situation as I see it.

    Sounds like a great setup! Similar pool size/yard size to ours. Yours has a few more bells/whistles. We had to forego some bells/whistles for retaining walls.

    Best of luck (but it's not really luck if you watch everything they do and ask a ton of questions).

    I also recommend you buy the TF 100 test kit and with speed-stir.

    Did you omit a salt system for a particular reason? Best money spent for our pool. As noted above, ditch the Nature 2 and go salt if you can is my thought.

    Others will want to know the piping sizes and how it is run regarding the guts. Another not pretty part though! The girl in my house knows our pool is saltwater but little else besides how to open/close the cover and get wet. But that's our arrangement and I'm happy to do/be concerned with the rest.
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    Thanks for the info! I am excited about the auto-cover and having less maintenance with our new pool than we did with our above-ground and cruddy setup. I think we spent more time working in it than swimming in it. Pretty sure we DO have a booster pump as well, but I will ask as they start dropping off equipment. I will also ask the contractor about why we aren't getting a saltwater generator.

    I have no idea on the piping size. The contractors should start the piping/electrical on Friday or Monday. I will post more about it when I see it. I trust the contractor--they are used to doing million dollar pools. Ours is small potatoes for them, even with all of the bells and whistles. The diligence is really clear as I watch them check and re-check measurements. I love watching the whole process, even though I understand only part of it.....and that's okay!

    Today, they dug out the "deep end" and laid more gravel throughout. I think I had at least 30 dump trucks in and out collecting dirt and dropping off the gravel. Not quite as dramatic as yesterday's dig, but cool that I can see the whole form now.

    I will update with more pics when we get to the next step!

    Kristen in Illinois
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    So they know how to make million dollar pools for people that do not care about electricity for running costs. Others of us want the running and maintenance costs to be as low as possible. Not sure where you fall on that spectrum.

    Did you at least read about the nature 2 and get it removed? That thing is just a bad idea that can cause a lot of problems.
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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Quote Originally Posted by cassandval View Post
    Just wanted to thank everyone on this forum for posting their information. My husband and I have gotten a ton of ideas from your posts!

    Our pool build officially starts today! We are using Platinum Poolcare out of Wheeling, Illinois. They have a reputation for building awesome pools (featured on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms.) Hope ours turns out as great as some of their others.

    Pool Specs:

    45x20 Inground Rectagular Shotcrete Pool
    Automatic Pool Cover with concrete cantilever cover
    3'6 to 9 ft. deep
    Waterfall with bench underneath and a Turbo Twister slide
    Diving board with a corner step-out for getting out of the water
    Tanning ledge at shallow end--big enough for two chaise lounges
    Two basketball hoops, and infloor anchors for a volleyball net
    6 deck sprayers and 3 in-pool LED lights

    The dig starts today! As I am typing this, they are spraying out the layout in my yard. Yesterday, they removed our existing above-ground pool and did yard grading to get the heavy construction equipment in and out of our yard.

    After I wrote this, the crew got a good portion of the dig done today and laid gravel on the shallow end. They put up fencing around the site and will be back tomorrow. I have a ton of pictures but I haven't had the chance to organize them yet. Once I do, I will post a link.

    Take care--

    Kristen in Illinois
    WoW , sounds like a resort pool
    23k gunite, Stonescapes Mini Aqua Blue w/seashell, Pentair CCP520 cartridge filter, 2 Pentair Intelli-Flo VS pumps, Pentair Mastertemp 400, Pentair EasyTouch 8+wireless controller, Silencer spa blower, 3 Intellibrite LEDs, Pentair Racer cleaner, Pentair 320 chlorinator
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnatra View Post
    WoW , sounds like a resort pool
    That's exactly what we're going for!

    The guys are out there putting up the wood framing today in the damp cold. It seems like this part is taking a while. I will post more pictures when we get to the next steps!

    Kristen
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Kirsten, we are now getting ready to pour the deck... 65 degrees one day and next day 30s with snow.... ugh...
    18x36 Inground 22000 gal Vinyl Lined sport pool \ P Pentair Intelliflo VS pump, Sta-rite 400SQ FT Cartridge filter, Pentair MasterTemp 250K HD Heater, Pentair SunTouch Control System, Pentair IC40 SWG, 2 Pentair Intellibrite 5G Lights, Pentair Intellibrite lite Controller, Pentair Kreepy Krauly 820 robot.

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    Re: New pool build in Northern Illinois

    Quote Originally Posted by Suprfly View Post
    Kirsten, we are now getting ready to pour the deck... 65 degrees one day and next day 30s with snow.... ugh...
    My poor pool guys were out in the snow all day doing the framing. Thinking late next week for concrete over here....if the weather cooperates!
    New Build, IG pool with spa probably pebble tech maybe plastermore details to come, still in the design phase

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