I am very very new and am in the pool builder interview process. I met with the 1st PB yesterday and another scheduled for Monday. I wanted to share some of his initial comments to get other opinions here. Also, I will be sharing decisions along the way, of which a couple I made yesterday.
I will refer to this gentleman from now on as PB1, so if I get responses, it will be easier to follow who said what and suggested what.
The following was suggested and I will be going with
a.) 25x44 (probably 8') I had thought maybe deeper, any opinions or concerns I should be aware of? Kidneyish, natural shaped.
b.) Substrate- He is using 1/2 rebar and colored grey (shaded charcoal) gunite as an upcharge- I inquired about quartz filler, pebbles or tile and he suggested his colored gunite and averages 20 year life expectancy with his clients cause he teaches his clients how to maintain it. He was not a fan of diamond brite and said a lot of guys add their own and mix vs. getting direct from factory?
c.)400 btu natural gas heater
d.) 2 skimmers
e.) 2 12v lights
f.) DE filter- Is there a top shelf opinion on filters?
g.) 1 1/2 HP pump because I am putting an attached spa (should spa drain in pool for water fall effect? I am putting in a separate water fall (riverish) water flow over elevated natural rock
h.) The pool will be only accessible for entry because of landscaping on opposite side. 1/2 of it directly under the natural boulder landscaping and water fall so as not to be able to run around pool. Any concerns with kids (drunk adults) jumping off the higher portions into deep end?
i.) no diving board, no slide
j.) Maybe a diving rock?
k.) Raised spa, any height concerns?
l.) Stone coping, what is that? Optional cantilever edge?
m.) He specifically mentioned he did not like hayward equipment? why is that?
n.) Aqua Pro filter?
o.) I am not going with a heat pump
p.) Raypak Pool and Spa heater
q.) Aqua Pro pool pump
r.) Jandy pool digital assistant
s.) Astrollite II lights? Should I consider colored light?
t.) Jany water purification system? Whats this all about?
He also says there is absolutely no problem with me having all the pool heaters, pumps and equipment on the side of the house, next to AC, natural gas meter, electrical boxes. I am familiar with head pressure loss and if he has no problem digging and plumbing runs of 60 - 120 ft, any other issues I should know about?
Thanks in advance, I just don't want to make any mistakes and be sold by a salesman without some knowledge from experienced pool owners and neutral parties.