This will either be a lot of fun, or you'll all be lamenting my joining this forum shortly!
The case: Help build a 20x40 pool
The characters: 41 year old homemaker who is a do it yourself kind of person (did a 90k remodel/finishing project for 40k and a lot of hard work...I tiled, stained, plumbed, and loads more) I learned a lot during that remodel and am almost foolish enough to think that I might can sub out the pool...but 75% is leaning towards choosing a pool builder. My husband, working his tail off to pay for this project as he did with the house remodel ...he'd rather work than pick up a trowel.
Uses: Mostly family use/lap swimming/summer swimming lessons/future foster child summer camp...so we might have high traffic for 4-6 weeks of the summer.
I'm limited on space, will add pictures....so I can't do much in terms of free from....standard rectangle/grecian/roman type.
Here are my questions:
vinyl or gunite (no one does pebble tec finishes around here...so diamondbrite or quartz?)
If I go with vinyl, is tru-tile worth it in terms of extending the life of the liner since it will not be exposed?
Depth: I would just like to go from 3.5-6.5 but fear kids may dive and liability...but then again the deeper 8.5 means more struggle in the deep end as far as younger kids..our children are 10, 11, 14.
Pool requests...deep end swimout, largest entry steps possible if going vinyl...two LED lights, 3 water jets...no spa, no heater.
Equipment needs...Jandy or Hayward? What is Intelliflow and do I need it? 2 inch pipes v. 1.5 pipes...??
Plan on putting in a cabana so the equipment can be stored and have storage for pool toys...hoping a 10x12 would suffice, plan on building it ourselves...replace existing farm fence with privacy vinyl (will install ourselves as well...any manufacturers you recommend?)
The north side of the pool will need to be non accessible, (butts up against the vinyl fence and horses on the other side..don't want kids mixing with both or encouraging the horses!) plan on putting the 3 aqua jets on that side with river rock filling in that whole length of the pool...or if anyone else has design ideas that might work there...only 2-3 feet to work with between fence and pool.
Getting quotes right now on gunite and vinyl...they all seem so high compared to prices I see in other areas....I know I don't look like I'm made of money, and I hate playing the bargain game...that's what happened with my house remodel (full kitchen demolition including taking a wall out and adding bathroom/replaced all flooring in house/added 1200 sq. feet in open attic) when I got the quotes I balked and said I'll do it myself! It raised the value of my house by 95k!! Only cost me 40k, but contractors wanted 90 to do the work.
Is one vinyl manufacturer better than the other (Tara, Jafco, etc.) and would upgrading ml's on sides of pool extend longevity of liner? Polymer v. steel..are some manufacturers known for better grade steel? Pacific v. Fort Wayne seem to be in my area...
Here are the shots of the house...
I'm game for anything, just need the size to stay 20x40...I had a design for gunite, can't find it, but it's just a rectangle with two swimouts in the deep end and the entry steps are on the corner...