Been lurking for quite a while, picking up some tips, ideas, gawking at designs reading horror stories and ultimately trying to eliminate any design and execution errors caused by either inexeperience, Naivite', or both.
Here are some pics of our design. It's basically a 91' freeform, with about 540 Sq.Ft. of surface area in the pool, and another 50 in the Spa. i worked it out roughly 18,000 gallons, which is perfect for our little family of 2 bigs and 3 littles.
It's going to tie into an already large Aggregate partially covered patio we have in place. We have a little over an acre so placement wasn't an issue, we just wanted to be able to have the pool close enough to be comfortable using it, without feeling like you were "remote" from the main covered patio. So, we are going about 9 feet from the edge of our existing patio (which also greatly reduces the decking we need to pour, which can get pricey beyond 400-500sqft.
We worked with 4 builders here in the metroplex and ultimately went with the slower guys, who use their own crews predominantly. We could have a pool thrown up in 4 weeks this time of year, but we really wanted some lag in the process and flexibility for changes along the way.
Only question I really had was, Have any of you gotten to the layout stage, looked at the forms and said "meh, I really wanna change this, or that, or make it deeper, or yada yada.?"
Now that we have signed off on this design as "final" (pending.) we are starting to get signers remourse LOL... We're not getting cold feet, it's just one of the few things in life you can't change once the steel goes in without a big headache.
Thanks and looking forward to ideas, thoughts, criticism and a big Texas welcome.
If any of you are on the fence about spending the $30 to support this site. Figure this, (3) Diy / Design magazines which run from $7 - $11 each, will roughly cover the cost of this site for lifetime, for one user. It's money well spent and I have probably already saved myself $2200 on our design, by eliminating redundancy, or postponing upgrades I wouldn't otherwise realize the value of in the first couple years of pool ownership.
I highly recommend donating the $30, or MORE... -/Rant
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