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    New build, Socal (sort of)

    So we're building our first pool, and it's time to pick finishes. Rather than ask what tile/stacked stone/deck I should like, I thought I'd go ahead and start our build thread and then ask a few general questions about what I should expect from certain finishes.

    We don't expect to be in this home more than 5 or 10 years, but we plan to own it long term. We got three estimates and eventually went with the PB that kept the pool to $45k. Gist of the build is in my signature.

    We had a walled and fenced area that seemed perfectly suited for it.
    No 3D plan for us.

    Rough outline on the ground.

    This builder also did the entire dig without having to knock down the existing block wall.

    Existing fence is staying, so we welded it back up after they finished.















    These are some pools we really like.



    I guess my main question is do we have any chance of getting a water color like that with light gray plaster? One of these three pools has light gray plaster. One of them is a pebble finish and I don't know what the other one is. I've seen pics here that make it seem reasonable to expect water color like that on sunny, blue sky days, which are abundant here. Other than that I think it's easy enough to pick a stacked stone and water tile that generally matches the themes in these pics.

    One other question though, right now my plan is a single pour deck with an expansion joint at the bond beam, sand cast coping, stamped deck, all one color due to the single pour. I intend to stain the coping a kalua or coffee brown with desert tan everywhere else to create a two tone/two finish look without the cost of a double pour. Is that a bad idea for any reason?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    14x29, IG, Plaster, Jandy 340 CL cartridge filter,
    Jandy Flo Pro VS 2HP pump, build in progress (started 15 May)
    7' Spa (12" raise) MX6 cleaner, JXI 260,000BTU heater, color LED pool and spa
    Raised bond beam w/18" sheer decent, stamped deck, 4x deck jets, fire pit.
    Here for advice on test kit, maint, things to know, etc.

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Sound great! Who is your PB?
    33x19, 3'4"-5'6", 7ft spa, baja reef, 14'x9', 18" deep, 10,668 Gal. Quartzite coping, Stonescape Tropics Blue mini-pebble, abalone & glass beads. Jandy Equip.(JXi heater, 2.7HPVS pump, PLC1400 SWG, CV580 filter, Aqualink, LEDs)
    TF-100, Doheny Discovery robot.

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Love the design! Sorry I'm no help with your questions.
    ~Wendy
    33'X17' Sports Pool (3'6"-5'-4'6") 7' flush Spa, Blue Granite PT, Waterfalls, Weeping Wall, Baja Ledge and Doggie Beach Entry! Pentair Clean and Clear 420, IntelliFlo XF Pump, SuperFlo 1.5 HP Feature Pump, MasterTemp Heater, Pal-Treo LEDs, Dolphin M4, Liquid Chlorine & TF-100 - My Build Thread

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Well we finished it. Lost our nerve on gray plaster and went with white. Very happy. Upgraded to glass tile, too.






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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Ooohhh we're gonna need some more pictures than that little teaser!
    40k gal freeform, IG pebblesheen, 9'x'6' raised spa, 2-1/2 hp Whisperflo, 520 sq/ft cartridge, Legend w/ booster, Intellibrite 5g in pool @ spa, Rainbow 320 Chlorinator(retired),
    Mastertemp 400k BTU, 3x3 hp Whisperflo Swimjets, 2x2 hp Whisperflow for 15ton moss rock waterfall, Intelitouch Controller, 850 sq/ft Travertine deck, Gas/Wood firepit,
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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    It's beautiful, doesn't look like you needed help!!
    Free form pool 90'3" prim, 14180 gallons. TF100 Kit In pool table with travertine top, 3sheer descents, Depth 3.5-5-4, Jandy 2HP pump, Inline Chlorinator, Wetedge Satin Matrix Antigua.

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Quote Originally Posted by ozdiver View Post
    Ooohhh we're gonna need some more pictures than that little teaser!
    Here you go. Thanks for looking. Just because I hated not knowing what finishes people had, this is Ginger concrete, Moriah flag/California gold stacked stone veneer, white plaster and NPT essence Imperial glass tiles. We used 1x2's on the waterline, 1x1's on the seats, steps and baja deck, and Fusion Imperial on the spa waterline. Pics are a mix of iphone and DSLR so the sizes are probably all over the place. Apologize in advance for that.



    Landscaping isn't in yet, but you get the idea.
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    14x29, IG, Plaster, Jandy 340 CL cartridge filter,
    Jandy Flo Pro VS 2HP pump, build in progress (started 15 May)
    7' Spa (12" raise) MX6 cleaner, JXI 260,000BTU heater, color LED pool and spa
    Raised bond beam w/18" sheer decent, stamped deck, 4x deck jets, fire pit.
    Here for advice on test kit, maint, things to know, etc.

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Quote Originally Posted by amandahein3 View Post
    It's beautiful, doesn't look like you needed help!!
    Thanks. We nuked every decision and changed everything at the last minute, lol. We're thrilled with how it came out.
    14x29, IG, Plaster, Jandy 340 CL cartridge filter,
    Jandy Flo Pro VS 2HP pump, build in progress (started 15 May)
    7' Spa (12" raise) MX6 cleaner, JXI 260,000BTU heater, color LED pool and spa
    Raised bond beam w/18" sheer decent, stamped deck, 4x deck jets, fire pit.
    Here for advice on test kit, maint, things to know, etc.

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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    NICE! I live the color. That spot was just crying out for a pool.

    Kim
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    Re: New build, Socal (sort of)

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    NICE! I live the color. That spot was just crying out for a pool.

    Kim
    It sure was. Thanks.
    14x29, IG, Plaster, Jandy 340 CL cartridge filter,
    Jandy Flo Pro VS 2HP pump, build in progress (started 15 May)
    7' Spa (12" raise) MX6 cleaner, JXI 260,000BTU heater, color LED pool and spa
    Raised bond beam w/18" sheer decent, stamped deck, 4x deck jets, fire pit.
    Here for advice on test kit, maint, things to know, etc.

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