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    New pool build - Owner-builder

    Yup. Here is a picture. We have it on both sides. Not much of a bolt, but it was enough for inspection.
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    New pool build - Owner-builder

    Our heater and filter had to be bolted down and were checked during inspection. We live in Orange County.
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    I should also say the pool looks a little cloudy in the video. It was in the morning before our start up pool guy came to adjust everything. We did hire someone to help us get started. He is coming daily in the beginning and then slowly tapering off after the salt is able to be introduced...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    So there is still a bunch of little projects (landscaping, the bench topper and planters, acid washing the concrete, etc) to finish up- but, we are mostly done! It has been a serious process and I appreciate every single person who has helped us or encouraged us along the way. I never in a...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    I have to tell you that we asked no less than four times about the color. Then when it was first sprayed it looked SO different that I went outside with the sample (it was okay, but I had a heart attack). I think the poor guys thought I was nuts. At one point the guy installing spilled his red...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    We got plaster!!! Tomorrow they will be back to acid wash it, we’re also meeting with a start up guy the plaster company recommended, and then... WATER! We picked the Micro Fusion in Tahoe and then added glass to it. We originally liked the Radiant Fusion, which seemed to be the same except...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Preplaster inspection is completed and we passed!! Got a text from the plaster company that they could possible come on Thursday. They will be confirming later today. So, fingers crossed! Not pool related, but on the elevated level by the spa is where we made a large seating area around a...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Thank you! I truly appreciate it.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    How is this pool coming along? Is it filled? Updates pics of yard!
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    That didn’t post correctly! Quote Reply Report •••
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Hardscape is pretty finished. Guys just wrapped up today and will be back after plaster to finish. Preplaster inspection on friday morning. Couldn’t get a fence company to install in time, so we are using door alarms and the pool alarm for passing inspection. Fencing will come late July...
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    Concrete Pavers.....

    We used StepStone concrete pavers. Not sure if someone locally sells them by you. We live close to their manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. I’m assuming they sell nationally.
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    Plaster Installer in Orange County, Ca SoCal?

    Our tiling is wrapping up and we are getting much closer to final inspection and plaster. Unfortunately, everyone (except one company that was way beyond our price range) are busy, and most plaster companies won’t even call back. Was wondering if any of you used a company that you had a good...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    We are almost done tiling! Just the top of the spa (spillover) is left. Which actually took a while to debate on how to arrange the tile. SO many of the tile have to be cut at a 45degree angle that it has made the tiling process very long. After this, we move on to grout and as they wrap up...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    So, here is some additional info on the project: We had to build an enormous retaining wall due to a slope between us and our neighbors who are above us. Because of the upward slope, we designed the pool to have a few different heights. So the front is ground, then you step up +18 on either...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Yes Yes! The equipment is in a dog run. We would have had more space, but the wall between us and the neighbors has an exposed footer that we didn’t want to break up. So we will be adding a planter area to hide the footer. The space isn’t bad. I expected it to be tighter.
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Should have also updated that pool equipment was installed and electrician still has a little bit left to finish. I think we are one of his first IntelliCenters, so his crew stayed very late one night and will be back soon to finish. Only slight issue was our filter cover was damaged. The...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback. We went with the Laticrete Platinum 254 thinset. And tiling has begun! Our tile is from Heath Ceramic, and they are hand glazed causing lots of variation to the color. We picked a blue, which is very much out of my comfort zone of black, white...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Debating on a contractor for plaster. We have one that was incredibly low priced, and will be skipping over them. One was middle of the road, and offered a one year warranty for workmanship. And the other was higher (by $2,000, and even more if we decide to add glass), but offered a 10 year...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Sorry, the name of the company is Pathway Melrose. It’s a one man shop, the owner is Steve, and he’s amazing! He only sells for Stepstone and Arto, both awesome companies out of LA. He has gone over and beyond and sells for prices no one can compete with. His number is 323-745-0072. I will...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Yeah, i found them when researching pavers on Instagram. Most of my favorite designers used them in their projects, so I just searched and searched for good pricing. I believe our cost for 12x24 were $11 a piece, which was a lot cheaper than other options I was also considering (Artsian and...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Stepstone was who made our coping and they had a few executives that came down to the job site to check out the issues. They decided to take a few copings and see if they were repairable and being a truck the next day to pick the rest up . Once they got back to their office they found that they...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Some additional photos. We’ve also ordered and received all the pool equipment and well.. we are super ready. Our fire pit should be shipped soon, started ordering furniture. Did I mention we are ready?!
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Not too many updates with the pool- coping issues seek to have been resolved. The company was awesome and brought in their own crew to fix them and replaced what wasn’t fixable. We have a couple of stair treads to order slightly wider, but for the most part coping is good and mostly installed...
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    Building a new pool - where do I start? (Oceanside, CA)

    We are an owner builder in South OC, and though we had a large retaining wall and some hardscape/bbq, we are well over $100k. And that was MUCH cheaper than anything we were quoted. Size matters on pricing, but even finishing your own subcontractors if your project isn’t in a flat easy area I...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    I love the finger rail, I just picked the hardest tile to use for it. I think we have it figured out, but I’m waiting until we get started with the tiling to see for sure. My tiles are individual 2x6’s that they are having to perfectly stack and lineup (I will post an example), so once we get...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    It’s been a while, and no major progress has happened. Our walls are about done, minus a bench and stucco/paint. We are now moving on to finishing the pool. We went with precast coping and though the coping we received is exactly what we wanted, we are having an issue with many of the coping...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Thank you! Your questions are always helpful. I just spoke with a great guy at Polytec and confirmed no issue either warranty, we also went over some of these questions. He agreed the EasyTouch was not needed at all. He said the IntelliTouch was good, but the newer Intellicenter was the best...
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    Getting started! Owner Build in SoCal

    Thank you everyone. The feedback was nice to allow me one or two less things to stress about. Our coping takes about 4 weeks to receive (precast), so the crew is working on hardscape while we wait. Plumber just got me the list of equipment to order and I’m going to post it for feedback...