Hello All! I am looking forward to learning from all of you as time goes on! We have put down a deposit on a Fiberglass pool by Tallman (Key West 16x37, 3ft 6in-6ft depth). We very excitedly announced the news to our kids (6 and 3) on Christmas and everyone is so excited we can't stand it! Digging starts on March 13th! The package the pool company sold us has many basics laid out and included in the price, but there are so many upgrade options that my head is spinning, and as a newbie who has never owned a pool before my husband and I are pretty clueless. I have done research and read quite a bit online, but firsthand accounts, especially from owners of similar pools would be most helpful!
I'll list the basics included below, but would love to know if there is anything you would highly suggest upgrading/changing/adding on so we can do more research and/or plan for greater expenses. This is based on a chlorinated pool vs. Salt...obviously we'd love information on that as well. We've seriously considered upgrading to Salt, but need firsthand opinions. Any and all information/suggestions, etc are most welcome!
Key West Fiberglass by Tallman (16x37ft) Freeform shape with built in bucket seats, 16,000 gallons, 3ft6in flat shallow end to 6ft deep)
2 18inch Waterfall Bars (coming out of stack stone wall)
2 Main Drains
1 Pentair Sand Dollar Sand Filter
1 Pentair Superflow High
1 Automatic Chlorinator
1 Stainless Steel Handrail
1 Stainless 3 Step Ladder
1 Maintenance Kit (hand vacuum, net, pole, brush, starter chemicals, testing kit)
Schedule 40 PVC Plumbing Kit
4 Colored LED Lights
1 Wireless Remote
Basic Electrical Hookup
$1500 Concrete Allowance (We've already added significantly to that) 18 inch coping around pool, 4 ft ring of concrete with extended pad for big seating area at back
Thanks so much if you have actually read this far! I'm sure you get posts like this from newbies all the time!