Finally narrowed the proposals down and are ready to sign a contract. First though, I wanted to ask for ya'll to check and see if we missed anything that will be a problem later. We went with a 15x30' custom freeform because it was $6300 cheaper than a 15'x30' retangular. 360sf, 78' linear, 31/2' x 6'x4'.
PLUMBING: Dual Main Drain, 2 surface skimmers, four adjustable returns, stub-out auto cleaner. all plumbing is 2"pvc schedule 40. Equip: 325S Hayward Cartridge filter, 1 1/2hp 2 speed Hayward pump, Chlorinator.
STRUCTURE: 3/8" REBAR 8"X8" centers 6"x 12" at stress points throughout pool. 3/8" rebar in bond beam. Gunite concrete min 8"-10" thick on walls and floor and up to 12"thick where out of the ground. #4 rebar @ 9" O.C.B.W.. dry gunite mix 4500-7k PSI minimum, exposed walls to be sponge finish stucco.
FINISH: 6" builders grade frost proof ceramic tile at waterline. limestone or similar coping around pool. 300 sq ft sun deck concrete deck around pool. white/ light grey plaster finish two coats of marcite plater with upgrade to mini pebble.
Would appreciate any structural or plumbing concerns with the above layout. The pool will be built on a 1 ft slope. We are in the Austin area so there is a lot of rock here.
Questions: 1.We were going to use the dirt from the dig to fill in low spots on our 3 acres but have been told by another builder that there will be a lot of rock shards and we probably didn't want to use it. The PB we selected said there wouldn't be.
2. PB is recommending the Polaris 360 automatic cleaner. I was researching and saw some sites that claim it doesn't do walls very well. Anybody have something that does. The pool we had 12 years ago did a good job of it but isn't avaliable anymore. We thought part of using a pool cleaner was not have to brush the sides. The robotic seems to be heavy and the suctions would require more cleaning of the pump filter. We are leaning toward a pressure cleaner that doesn't need an additional pump. Any ideas out there. The PB wants $600 for the Polaris 360 but i have found new ones online for around $400.
Thanks in advance for the feedback! I'm so glad we found this sight. Spending this much on a pool and hearing horror stories from some that have gone before us makes us second guess everything. The PB said he could dig next week if we can get the contract signed.