SOME PICS BELOW. . . Working on yard pics now
Pretty new here so go easy I don't know a lot. I have a lot of experience in the home building side of things, but pools are totally new to me. I never grew up with a pool just swam in others.
My build in in northeastern pa. so we will use the pool pretty much 3 months out of the year and then I will be staring at a green cover for the other 9 months. lol Therefore the pool is not as crazy as some of you guys who get to enjoy these oasis's year round.
I live in an area that has zero concrete pool companies cause we just don't have the population or weather that will get the benefit of concrete so I pretty much only had one choice for a builder. This is also hard for me cause my whole home was built by my dad's friends who I have known since I was a baby so trust was never an issue. Now I am going to have a team of people in my yard I don't know doing the most important work of this backyard build.
They will only be doing the pool and the coping. I will be handling the pool house and hardscaping.
I don't have pretty pictures yet. My hand drawings are with various friends who are trying to get some rough estimates on material together for us to be able to start in the fall.
What I'm here for is to document this build and to make sure I'm making the right choice with the pool so far cause I on't know what I have read here thus far.
So. . . .
1. 17x32 free form concrete pool with a surface area of about 544 square going from 3.5' to 6' deep.
2. there is steps into the pool with a 7-8 foot bench connected to the entrance steps.
3. there is another 7-8 foot bench in the deeper end.
4. we are using bullnose pavers from hanover block for the coping cause my dad's best friend who has been a mason for 50 years doesn't want me using say blue stone case of flaking and cracking with our rough winters. I really wanted to use bluestone or something natural cause all my porches are pa blue but they are all covered.
that is my first question. anything out there that can stand up to all the freeze and thaw out there for the northeast winters.
5. interior is cobalt ansylbrite. we didn't go pebble like everyone here cause we wanted a smooth finish but we didn't want to go straight plaster either to try and get some more life out of the finish and to have a nicer water color
6. we will have 2 LED's for lights
7. 2 floor drains
8. 2 skimmers. one is a solar recirculating system they call it. it was only 300 so we added it. this adds a second skimmer and pulls water from top of pool and pushes it through floor drain. Even if I don't use it it will get me my second skimmer.
9. 2 returns no booster pump return cause we will be using a robot of some sort.
10. pool pump jandy flo pro 2 hp variable
11. salt equipment is fusion soft salt system
12. heater is ray pak 399k btw nat gas
13. tile not sure yet.
14. coping will lead into full pavers (6x6's and 6x9's) sitting on a 4" concrete pour. the upper pool decks are 40x13 on the one side and 20x10 on the other side. the other 2 sides of the pool will go right into landscaping due to those sides of the pool being towards the side or rear of my property. figured it would look nice.
15. the smaller deck leads to 3 steps down to a lower paver area which will be about 12x40 and then flow into a 12x40 pool house which will have storage, an open living area with fireplace, kitchen with bar and a half bath.
i will have some pics to follow but so far how is my equipment for the pool size and choices sounding?
16. we are now adding a 40 square foot spa which will be level with pool. not raised but outside pool square footage. 6 venturi jets and 1 LED light for it.
17. same equipment will be still used.
is that ok?
also i am setting up for a zodiac RS brain with the iaqualink. they want one to do the 8. do i need that though? can i get away with the 6?
rip it apart if need be. we haven't signed a contract yet so i want to make sure i get this right.
i appreciate any help and sorry if i'm missing anything!
i will have pics soon!
i'm worried about the pool setup at this point.
again i appreciate all this site offers!