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    New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    I'm starting on a new owner build in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. I have the plans finalized and am looking to send them out for bidding. If anyone reading this has been down this road before in LA, I would love phone numbers for excavators and rebar guys to get a few bids on my project and get it rolling. Thanks!

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Need Referrals for Subs

    I can't help but welcome to TFP.
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    Thanks Casey for the welcome! I have been reading this forum for years and am looking forward to join the world of pool owners myself. So much good stuff to be found on this site, it's really amazing.

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Need Referrals for Subs

    I also don't have local subs, but what I found was that you can get great referrals from the "neighboring" sub. By that I mean my shotcrete sub knew a couple of really good steel guys and plaster subs. The steel guys knew the excavators and the plumbers (they tend to cross paths a lot) and the plumbers often knew the electricians. Since the "neighbor" often sees the bare job, they tend to know when it's done right. My shotcrete sub has been shooting pools in the PHX area for 30 years and he was loads of help. He even talked me into some design changes and I am happy he did. Find a good shotcrete/gunite sub and start in the middle.

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Need Referrals for Subs

    I'm so glad you're sharing your build! I'm always impressed when I read about someone building their own pool!! I can hardly manage the small part I play in the pool build. I knew I had to have a pool builder!

    Have you found the first round of subs you need? When you get a chance, post some pictures. Begin with your design. And let us know your specs - the signature area works well for that.

    Come on back and catch us up. Take care! Suz.
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Need Referrals for Subs

    So after much back and forth with the HOA and the city, we broke ground on May 26th. Since i have been reading this board for over two years now, i wanted to update TFP on the fun ride so far... so hopefully these pics come through ok.

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    I voted to demo the kid's playhouse, but lost that battle to basically everyone else in the family... I think it will turn out ok in the end.

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    After debating endlessly about whether to use shotcrete or gunite, i went with shotcrete...

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    GOOD LOOKING!

    What is the difference between shotcrete and gunite?
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Shotcrete is mixed with water and then shot onto the structure. It generally has larger aggregate and a rougher finish. Gunite is generally the same but the dry mixture is shot on the structure and water is mixed in at the gun as applied, It usually uses sand or fine aggregates.
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Thankyou for that explanation, gwegan

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Any updates?

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Looking good! I love the entry of the pool and all the various sitting areas. What is the size?
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    It has been slow going lately. I was given the advice to wait three weeks before starting the coping/tiling to make sure no cracks developed, which luckily they did not. So all that time allowed me to change my mind a dozen times on the pool tiles and stacked stone. My wife and I finally found a compromise... and the materials were delivered today. I'm super excited with the tile we found...

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    The size of the pool is 28x14 with a 8x7 spa. Seems small, but it really fills up my backyard, so I couldn't imagine anything bigger. The depth is 3.5 to 7 feet in the deep end. Also will have a 5 foot sheer descent when all done.

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Having that recommended waiting period really paid off for you! Your choices are beautiful. I can't wait to see it in the finished pool. I hadn't heard the 3 week wait thing to avoid cracks before. Luckily ours didn't have any cracks either.
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Thanks! Hopefully the coping and tile will start next week. I will post some updates once there is some progress.
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Paving tiles were delivered over the weekend and the city passed my pre-deck inspection today... coping and tile to start on Friday, decking installation next week hopefully.

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Nice!

    You could have turned the play house into the pump room!
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    That is going to look so clean and sleek. I'm excited for you! So these paving tiles are for your decking area? What's your coping going to be? And what kind of tiles are those? We are thinking about doing something similar for a small patio area after our pool is done so I'm surely interested.
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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    Those pavers look great. What kind of stone are they?

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    Re: New Owner/Builder, Los Angeles

    The coping is going to be the same stone, just thicker. The pavers are one and a quarter inch thick travertine, 16x24. The coping will be two inches thick, and it is the holdup right now. Supposed to be delivered on Friday. I know a lot of people have reservations about travertine decking near a swimming pool, but i have had nothing but good experience with it, so it was right for us. I'll just seal it and keep my fingers crossed!
    Rectangular pool 28x16 and spa 8x7, 17,000 gallons, IG, Tropics Blue Mini-Pebble, Jandy 60 DE filter, saltwater cell, Jandy VS pump, 1.5 hp Jandy spa pump, 400k heater, 5' Sheer Descent with 1 hp Jandy pump, Jandy color LED lights. Build Thread

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