I've been devouring this forum in to the wee hours of the night for several days now, searching for advice, and thought it was time I actually asked some questions.
I'm considering building a small soaking pool (what I'm calling a 'greek pool' because I got the idea when I saw a piscina in an ancient greek house, because I'm a nerd like that). The goal is 7' x 5' with 3' of water depth. The interior would be tiled. And there'd be some basic filtration. I don't want this to be a huge/months long project, but I also don't want to be maintaining the thing all the time. Looking for a balance between simplicity in construction and...well, I guess simplicity in maintenance.
My thinking right now is to use concrete blocks for the main construction. Sounds like I'll need to do a poured concrete floor first, then lay the concrete blocks for the walls with vertical rebar in each block. Then fill each block with concrete.
A few questions I have though:
- Is the rebar and poured concrete in the concrete block walls necessary for a pool this size?
- Any chance I could do something other than a poured concrete floor? Perhaps use concrete blocks there too? Or would it shift too much?
- I'm building a bench around the edge of it. Was going to use cinder blocks to construct this as well. Is there a better way?
- Should I be applying some sort of sealer to the gaps and/or entire interior. And/or perhaps plastering it? I don't want ieak and I want it tiled. How do I make that happen? I've heard using epoxy thin set / grout with the tiles might be enough. If I do need to seal it, what sort of product would you recommend?
- Any tips on tile types to use/avoid? Ceramic, porcelain, etc.
- Any suggestions of type or size of filtration I'll need?
- What's the deal with saltwater clorination? Like the idea, but know very little about it. Does it make sense for a small pool?
- Dumb question, but do I need a drain? I imagine I could just siphon out the water when draining it.
And just generally I'm looking for any advice, experience, or opinions you guys have.