First, thanks to everyone on this forum, I've been here for the last few months learning and trying to absorb all the fantastic information. Our last two houses have had pools, and to be very honest I always struggled with them turning green/bad water chemistry. BUT, with all of that…when we moved to our third house, we missed not having a pool so much that we decided to "take the plunge". I feel so much more confident knowing that with TFP I will be able to take care of my pool the RIGHT way! Because this is really our first pool to build - I feel overwhelmed, before we just had what we had and there wasn't anything we could do! Now, we have all these decisions. We finally narrowed down to a builder, and feel good about them. Here are some general specs:
Pool Size: 20' x 36'
Perimeter 100 lnft
Depth: 3.5' to 6'
Area: 534 sqft
Spa: 7' round, 12' raised/3' stacked stone spillway
6 hydrojets/1 3' channel drain, bench split level
pool pump: Pentair Intelliflo 4 x160 High performance pump
Cleaner pump: 3/4 HP
Filter: 420 sqft Pentair Cartridge Filter
Chlorinator: Pentair 320 Rainbow
Blower 1HP Silencer
Heater: Pentair 400,000 BTU
Cleaner Pentair Racer
Controls: Dual Intermatic Timer with Freeze Guard
873 sqft Deck either Peagravel or spray deck (we are going with Peagravel)
1 ton of moss rock weeping wall
Obviously, there are more details in the quote…but I don't want to bore everyone with the specifics…yet…Anyway, here is my question. Is the filter large enough? I thought I remembered seeing a formula for sizing your filter correctly on the boards, but I have looked for the last hour and can't find it…and finally gave up. I do have computer generated pictures, but they have the PB name on them, not sure if I am allowed to post those.
Also, another question (and causing much stress for me). We had several builders come out and quote. I feel that the PB we selected quoted a very fair price -- and in comparing with the other quotes, I am really struggling where/what to negotiate. Instead of just saying, can you take $X off the price, I wanted to go back with something specific. Are there certain areas where there is always a little fat, that make it easier to have the negotiation discussion? I know I sound like a novice here, I am…so whatever help you can offer, I am super appreciative of it!!!
Thanks so much!